Ilana Sichel

Ilana Sichel is the editor of Jewniverse. Follow her occasional tweets @ilanasichel.

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India’s ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ Bakes Passover Matzah

By On April 5, 2017

India’s Jewish community is dwindling, but as long as they’re there, they’re coming together to prepare for Passover in the way Jews around the world have for millennia: by baking the bread… Read More

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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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Netflix Asks: Who Murdered This 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl?

By On March 23, 2017

In 2006, the sleepy Israeli town of Katzrin was shocked by the gruesome murder of 13-year-old Tair Rada in her school’s bathroom. Though the police swiftly convicted a Ukrainian immigrant employed at Rada’s… Read More

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The Jewish Shtetl Brothers Who Launched Chuck Berry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fame

By On March 20, 2017

Chuck Berry, who died March 18, was a rock and roll legend with a uniquely American sound, which blended country twang with bluesy undertones and a signature electric guitar lick. So it’s… Read More

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IvankaTrump.com Hearts Anne Frank

By On February 9, 2017

Anne Frank. Rosa Parks. Albert Einstein. Maya Angelou. Audre Lorde. What do these famous figures have in common? For one thing, they were all brilliant critics of oppressive political systems, celebrated for standing… Read More

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New Viral Video Begs Trump: “America First. Israel Second?”

By On February 6, 2017

You’ve probably seen them by now: hilarious spoof videos introducing President Trump to various European countries, “in his own words,” making their case for second place, after “America first.” Starting with Holland’s… Read More

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Refugees Aboard the SS St. Louis Are Tweeting from the Grave

By On January 29, 2017

Amanda Wachtel. Georg Cohn. Regina Blumenstein. Flora Wilmersdorfer. Werner Stein. You’ve probably never heard of these people. Each of them, from the giggling toddler to the elegant lady, were murdered in Auschwitz… Read More

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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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Why Friday the 13th is a Lucky Day for Jews

By On January 12, 2017

On Friday the 13th we typically watch for planes falling out of the sky and elevators crashing and relationships falling apart. Americans are so spooked by the number 13 that some buildings… Read More

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Sicily Gets Its First New Synagogue in 500 Years

By On January 11, 2017

An unlikely thing is happening in Sicily. Over five centuries after the expulsion of the Italian island’s Jewish population, the ancient synagogue in its capital city is re-opening its doors. As of… Read More

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The Nazi Gravesite in the Heart of the Amazon

By On January 5, 2017

Deep inside the Brazilian Amazon there’s a curious site: A swastika-bearing cross marking a Nazi grave, inscribed: “Joseph Greiner died here of fever on Jan. 2, 1936, in the service of German… Read More

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The Curious Hanukkah Tradition of Removing One Candle a Night

By On December 26, 2016

If you’ve been lighting the menorah this Hanukkah, you’ve likely asked wondered: Do we light the candles right to left or left to right? That’s because you, dear reader, follow Hillel’s ancient… Read More

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