Diane Grollmus at her office at the University of Washington, where she's a Ph.D. candidate in English. (Photo by Jennifer Karami)

Her hidden Jewish heritage was a surprise three generations in the making

70 years later, young Jews are rediscovering the heritage erased by the Holocaust.
Jun 2, 2015
A synagogue in Paris. (Photo from Flickr by Susan Sermoneta)

An American dream for French Jews

In the face of growing anti-Semitism, French Jews eye a better life in America
Jan 20, 2015
The Cauliflower and Wild Mushroom Kugel served at the "A Monday Night in Winter" pop up restaurant. Sisters Anna and Molly Goren, Seattleites who organized the event, hope it will help bring more Jewish food choices to the area. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Old-world Jewish food gets a new Seattle spin

Seattle's Jewish community is growing fast developing a taste for traditional Ashkenazi cuisine.
Jan 16, 2015
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Struggling to talk about Israel? Start by listening

For young progressive Jews in the Northwest, talking about Israel with the older generation can be a minefield.
Aug 11, 2014
The lunch buffet at Pabla, which offers vegetarian versions of Punjabi-style dishes from the north of India. (Photo by Anna Goren).

The surprising flavor of Kosher in the Northwest

Turns out the relationship between Jews and ethnic food runs deeper than just Chinese food on Christmas
Jun 5, 2014
Still from "Bethlehem" about an Israeli secret service officer and his Palestinian informant, playing at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Six quick global picks from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival

One perk of living 2,000 years in the diaspora: great material for an international film festival!
Feb 27, 2014
Celebrating Passover by candlelight in Tanzania

Beyond the matzo: Finding a global meaning in Passover

When I was growing up, Passover was the holiday where I sat around a table with my family reading the story of our distant ancestors, eating strange food combinations like raw horseradish, herbs dipped in vinegar, and chanting prayers that always seemed too long. It was the week I reluctantly had to explain to all […]
Apr 6, 2012
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As tensions mount between Iran and Israel, an Iranian Jew is asked to pick a side

“So are you on team Iran or Israel?” A few days ago I walked into a coffee shop to meet my friend and that was the first thing she asked me. A quick Google search revealed the headlines like “Iran Says Preemptive Strike on Israel Possible” “Israel Threatens to Strike Iran’s Nuclear Facilities” “Iran and […]
Feb 29, 2012