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Found: A Long-Lost Roman Theater in Jerusalem
Roman ruins emerge deep beneath the Western Wall.
October 16, 2017
How a Synagogue Caretaker Solved the Mystery of a Forgotten Graveyard
It took an anonymous complaint, Google Maps, and a box of 300 keys.
May 25, 2017
Temple Beth Shalom
This tiny, charming synagogue in the Cayman Islands was built by a man as a present for his Jewish wife.
Added by gracesuarez
Nabi Samwil, West Bank
Prophet Samuel's Tomb
This ancient tomb in the West Bank is a holy site for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.
Added by AaronNetsky
North District, Taiwan
Talmud Business Hotel
A hotel in Taiwan based on the better business practices that can be gleaned from Jewish law.
Added by Josh
Biblioteca Ets Haim
The world's oldest Jewish library was founded by Sephardic Jews in 17th century Amsterdam.
Added by brickhound
Newport, Rhode Island
The second oldest Jewish graveyard in the U.S. is tiny, with connections to George Washington and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Added by conorjamesmacdonald
Why Linguists are Fascinated by the American Jewish Accent
The linguistic field of prosody, the story of melody, pitch, and other hard-to-study verbal traits, is suddenly hot.
September 26, 2016
The World's Oldest Man is About to Have a Belated Bar Mitzvah
World War I prevented the first one.
September 15, 2016
New York, New York
The Fillmore East
A Yiddish theater turned movie house turned rock and roll landmark turned gay disco turned bank.
Added by GVSHP
A Jewish Commodore Saved Monticello, And His Family Got Hell for It
The public debate around the Founding Father's house being in 'alien hands'.
August 03, 2016
The Last Operating Synagogue in Afghanistan
The last operating synagogue in Afghanistan is run by Zablon Simintov, the last remaining Jew in Afghanistan.
Added by lewblank
For Sale: A Massively Anti-Semitic Letter Sent By William Howard Taft
Against the U.S.'s first Jewish Supreme Court Justice.
April 21, 2016
Let Them Eat Corn! The New Rules of Passover
The eons-old fight over whether eating bread should be punishable by death.
April 20, 2016
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial holocaust memorial.
Added by ahvenas
This architecturally eclectic early-20th century mosque was built as a place of worship for the Islamic followers of a Jewish messiah.
Added by alexntex
The Hidden World of Tenement Fortune Tellers in 19th Century Manhattan
December 04, 2015
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Old Jewish Cemetery of Sarajevo
This historic cemetery was inaccessible for several years due to dozens of land mines.
Added by leiris
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