About the Author


Dr. Yvette Alt Miller

Dr. Alt Miller lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics. Her book Angels at the table: a Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat takes readers through the rituals of Shabbat and more, explaining the full beautiful spectrum of Jewish traditions with warmth and humor. It has been praised as "life-changing", a modern classic, and used in classes and discussion groups around the world.


The Abortionist of Auschwitz

Dr. Gisella Perl was forced to care for tens of thousands of women in the Holocaust.

Holocaust Survivor Reunited with Daughter After 80 Years

Due to the war, Gerda Cole was forced to give up her daughter. The 98-year-old was reunited for the first time with her 80-year-old daughter.

Biscotcho/Kahk Cookies Recipe

Learn to make the well known sephardi cookie.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Jews

Six facts about the monarch’s tumultuous relationship with Jews, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee.

Bradley Cooper’s Fake “Jewish” Nose

A look at the surprising long history of the slur against “Jewish noses.”

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: 6 Jewish Communities Who’ve Long Called Jerusalem Home

Israel’s capital has always been home to diverse Jewish communities.

The Jewish Trader called “One Tongue” by Native Americans

Julius Meyer spoke six Native American languages in 19th century Nebraska.

Regine: The Holocaust Survivor Who Invented the First Disco Club

The legendary “Queen of the Night”, who recently died, was haunted by her Holocaust experiences.

When the State of Israel Was Born: 6 Fascinating Eyewitness Accounts

On Israel’s first Independence Day, May 14, 1948, the country’s Jews were fighting for their lives.

Ridley Road: The Real Story of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Group in 1960s London

The history of this remarkable movement is even stranger and more incredible than depicted in the hit series Ridley Road.

The Boxer of Auschwitz: Fight or Be Killed

Harry Haft’s shocking true story, portrayed in HBO’s new Holocaust film, The Survivor.

We Need to Change How We View Disabled People

Michelle Friedman, a blind disability advocate, shares her story and strong opinions on what it means to be disabled.

11 Famous Ukrainian Jews

Pres. Zelensky joins a long list of amazing Ukrainian Jews who have made the world a better place.

Madeleine Albright’s Secret Jewish Past

The former Secretary of State, who has just died, discovered she was Jewish at age 59.

Jewish Foods from Ukraine

Some of the most beloved Jewish dishes have their roots in Ukraine.

Two Ukrainians Discover They’re Sisters while Fleeing to Israel

Valentina and Mariana Varshavky discover they have the same father on their way to Israel.

Harvard Freshmen’s Website is Helping Ukrainian Refugees Find Shelter

Hundreds of refugees have found shelter through the site built by Avi Schiffmann and Marco Burtsein.

Israeli Rescues Ukrainian Grandchildren of Woman who Saved her Family in the Holocaust

Sharon Bass felt it was her obligation to be there for them and close the debt her family owed them.

Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

In Krakow, Rabbi Avi Baumol is aiding Ukrainian refugees.

Inspiring Quotes by Jewish Women

Marking International Women’s Day, here are some thought-provoking quotes by a wide range of Jewish women.

Rescuing 100 Jews in Ukraine on Shabbat

Rabbi Nisan Podolsky is rescuing Jews from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky: Six Facts

Ukraine’s youthful and unconventional Jewish president is inspiring his nation.

Dispatch from Ukraine

No one teaches you what to do in a war. Rebbetzin Miriam Moskovitz shares what it’s like in Ukraine right now.

Why These Foods are So Quintessentially Jewish

You’ll never look at these Jewish dishes the same way again.

The Most Famous Jewish Woman in Medieval England

Why Britain just dedicated a new statue to commemorate the trailblazing Licoricia of Winchester.

77 Years After the Holocaust, A Family Reunion

Suzanne Hecker spent 25 years searching for her grandfather’s family.

The Uyghurs: The Essential Facts Everyone Should Know

China has been accused of committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Here’s what you need to know, and what you can do about it.

Responding to Hate Crimes against Jews in Chicago

A Chicago rabbi shares his formula to combat anti-Jewish hatred and build Jewish pride.

Banning Maus, a Holocaust Graphic Novel, from Schools Is a Mistake

A Tennessee school board’s decision to remove the Pulitzer-prize winning book from its curriculum furthers the ever-increasing ignorance about the Holocaust.

Ukraine and the Jews

Key moments of Jewish history have occurred in Ukraine.

Shakespeare and the Jews: 7 Facts

How the Bard’s plays defined the way audiences look at Jews for generations.

The Texas Synagogue Attack

Four lessons in the aftermath of the synagogue hostage stand-off.

Sidney Poitier and the Jewish Waiter who Taught Him How to Read

The famous actor found success after a kindly Jewish waiter taught him to read.

The Meaning of 7 Common Jewish Words

A deeper look behind some common Jewish words like chutzpah, oy vey and yarmulke.

Catherine the Great and the Jews: 5 Facts

The famous ruler created the Pale of Settlement and shaped Jewish life for generations.

5 Amazing, Iconic Jewish Cookies

Five iconic Jewish cookies – and recipes – that reflect the vicissitudes of Jewish history and the resourcefulness of Jewish cooks.

West Side Story: 7 Jewish Facts

The beloved musical has a rich Jewish history.

The One-Woman Battle Against Pro-Nazi Bias on Wikipedia

For years Ksenia Coffman has been fighting to correct pro-Nazi distortions on Wikipedia.

Returning $1,000 Floating in the Air

Two Chicago teens found $1,000 blowing in the wind outside their Jewish school.

6 Ways Jews Shaped Thanksgiving

How Jews helped to create the quintessential American holiday.

SS Guard who Fell in Love with a Jew in Auschwitz

A new documentary tells the story of a grotesque romance that saved lives.

20 More Jewish Celebrities

Well-known figures you may not know are Jews.

The Dreyfus Affair: 5 Important Facts for Today

The world’s first museum devoted to Alfred Dreyfus’ trial just opened in Paris. Its lessons are needed today.

Did You Know They’re Jewish?

23 Jewish celebrities and historical figures, past and present.

Jews and Yogurt: 5 Little-Known Facts

Plus two amazing Jewish yogurt recipes.

Searching for Jews Saved by the Angel of Budapest

Spanish diplomat Angel Sanz Briz saved 5,000 Jews. Spain now is trying to contact their descendants.

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