Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.
Hanukkah is ranked one of Judaism's minor festivals, but its popularity in the US has a lot to do with America's Jews trying to fight assimilation into a culture that welcomed them.
With anti-semitism on the rise around the world, it is timely to consider how images and media discourses can embolden hate crimes.
Loren Jacobs's prayer for victims of the Tree of Life congregation offended many Jews. Jacobs is part of a group called Jews for Jesus – a messianic Jewish organization with a complicated history.
A national survey of over 1,300 congregations found that religious leaders struggle to balance security concerns with carrying out a mission to be open to the communities they serve.
The shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue joins a list of more than 200 other ideologically motivated attacks by far-right extremists since 1990.
The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
An expert explains why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition.
DNA evidence tracks the ancient history of the Jewish people.
HIgh-profile Labour figures have long chosen to compare Zionism to Nazism.
Corbyn has avoided taking a position on numerous issues this year. But this one really needs a response.
Thousands of Jewish immigrants and their children changed their names in America – but not at Ellis Island. The reasons are complicated and part of the Jewish struggle with their identity in America.
Islamophobic and anti-semitic parents are removing children from school RE lessons.
As Israel approaches the 70th anniversary of its establishment, many older American Jews will be celebrating. Many younger ones will wonder whether the Jewish state is something to celebrate at all.
Mary Magdelene film props up a view of Judaism as archaic, unchanging and out of date.
Painstaking reconstruction of fragments of text has revealed the working draft of an ancient Jewish calendar and priestly duty schedule.
Under Jewish law the preservation of human life is a cardinal commandment: both suicide and self-endangerment are forbidden.
Theology and history help explain why US Jews give more to charity than people who observe other religions or are not religious at all.
Hanukkah was instituted in 164 B.C. to celebrate military victory, but the meaning has changed over time with the circumstances of the Jewish people.
As Americans make decisions about year-end giving, how much of it will be influenced by their faith?