5 Jewish rappers (who aren’t Drake)

One of the most famous rappers in the world right now is a Jew from Canada. Drake, who grew up as Aubrey Drake Graham, attended day school in Toronto, once rapped about his bar mitzvah on “Saturday Night Live” and has appeared on the cover of Vibe wearing a diamond-studded chai. As it happens, however,… Read More

Aaron Dworkin brings many identities to arts

Ask Aaron Dworkin about his background and he’ll tell you that he’s a “black, white, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic.” Born in Chicago, Dworkin was adopted by a white Jewish couple as a 2-week-old infant in 1970. They already had an older birth son, so Dworkin’s brother is white. When his mother returned to her… Read More

Chanukah event connects refugee experience from 1492 to today

A Chanukah celebration linked Sephardic observance of the holiday with the plight of Syrian refugees who have fled that country’s nearly 6-year-old civil war. The Dec. 28 event, held at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington and organized by Sephardic Heritage in D.C. (SHINDC), featured a performance by Syrian-born opera singer Lubana al Quntar. It also… Read More