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

A Jewish rocker rediscovers his sonic roots

NEW YORK — It’s a humid Friday evening at an outdoor plaza at Manhattan’s tony Lincoln Center. But despite the oppressive weather, some 200 people have gathered to hear live gospel music. The singers, seven African-American teenagers, are dressed in plaid button-downs and polos, and appear a bit timid as they stand onstage waiting for… Read More