In this issue: Nearly 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, Indian Catholic Jews in New Mexico tell their secrets. Jewish and Black women open up to each other on politics, affirmative action and Israel. Toby Knobel Fluek shares memories of life in a Polish village. Rachel Cowen on learning to bring life and love to a hospital room.

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Sister Edith Stein

by Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer tries to make sense of a Jew in Germany who converts to Catholicism, remains close to her family and perishes in Auschwitz. What spiritual quest drove her into the arms of the Church?

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New Mexico’s Secret Jews

by Maria Stieglitz

After nearly 500 years of whispered instructions passed down from mothers to daughters, some of the secret Jews who practiced Catholicism after the Spanish Inquisition are coming out of the closet to light their Shabbat candles in full view of their "Indian Catholic Jewish" families.

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Romance and Danger in Elizabethan England

by Faye Kellerman

An excerpt from an enthralling historical novel, The Quality of Mercy, about a converso woman whose love affair with William Shakespeare threatens her family's double life at the court of Elizabeth I.

Connecting with Black Women

by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Can we be friends? Why do Jews need dialogue? Pogrebin tells about the years-long intimacy shared by a group of three Black and three Jewish women. She reveals how they agreed--and agreed to disagree--about politics, Israel, affirmative action and more.

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Memories of My Life in a Polish Village 1930-1949

by Toby Knobel Fluek

Remarkable paintings, drawings and the artist's own narrative open a window onto life in a culture that is no more.

Wishing for “Father Knows Best”

fiction by Yona Zeldis McDonough

A young girl looks at her fracturing Jewish family through a lens tinted by sitcom American values.

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Back to the Kitchen Part IV

by Charlotte Margolis Goodman

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Reacting to Rape in the Ivy League

by Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish tells about sexual harassment at Princeton.

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Learning to Cheer the Sick

by Rachel Cowan

Rabbi Rachel Cowan with what she's learned on how to bring life and love into a hospital room

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