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When The Philippines’ First Synagogue Burned to the Ground

By On May 15, 2017

The Philippines’ first synagogue had bad timing. Jews had arrived in the Philippines after the Spanish Inquisition, but after World War I a new influx of Russian Jews arrived, and decided it was… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Beauty Queens of India

By On January 20, 2017

When the first Miss India beauty pageant took place in 1947, it was no surprise that a stunning Bollywood starlet named Pramila won. She was a natural beauty, with wide, sparkling eyes… 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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This Man is Afghanistan’s Last Jew

By On January 6, 2017

It’s one thing to feel like you’re part of a small minority. It’s another to be that small minority. For Zebulon Simentov – aka “Zebulon the Jew” – minority status makes him a… Read More

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The Jewish Starlets of India’s “Bollywood” Cinema

By On December 19, 2016

The Jewesses of Bollywood were small but mighty. Bollywood – a term often used to describe India’s film industry – produces a thousand films annually that are viewed by 3 billion people… Read More