Ilana Sichel

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

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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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The Ukrainian Synagogue That Became a Juice Factory

By On November 25, 2016

We recently featured a selection of former shuls across the U.S. now serving as everything from a police supply store to trendy condominiums. While many got a chuckle out of the post,… Read More

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This Yiddish Version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Will Move You to Tears

By On November 11, 2016

Yesterday, an already shaken world learned that our foundations had shifted even more than we knew. Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died at age 82. Before the news even came out, a new,… Read More

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78 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Brought a Country to its Knees

By On November 9, 2016

Seventy-eight years ago, on the night of November 9, millions of citizens of one of the western world’s foremost democracies went to sleep believing that the dark forces of human nature would continue… Read More

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The Jewish Tradition of Circling the Dead

By On October 21, 2016

  On Simchat Torah, Jewish communities across the world will take to the streets and the synagogue social halls to dance circles around the Torah for the holiday. But long before this… Read More

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