German Jews prominent in their country’s fashion world watched it swept away during the Third Reich, following decades of creative designs and successful merchandising of the most stylish of clothes. In our Winter issue, we write about the impressive rise and tragic fall of this Jewish contribution to European couture and culture. Elsewhere, we tell the story of Cuba’s dwindling Jewish population, clinging to life despite the challenges of age, intermarriage and emigration. Accompanying the story is a striking photo essay that brings the community to life. Crossing continents and an ocean, we chronicle a remarkable journey that reunites two Ethiopian Jewish sisters with their Israeli relatives, a dramatic Out of Africa experience. For a healthy culinary Chanukah, read “The Miracle of Oil” and learn how to experience guilt-free traditional foods.
Along with these features, B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman champions truth as the best weapon against the lies and calumnies of anti-Semitism, CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin finds a personal connection to the new Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Associate Executive Vice President Mark D. Olshan urges a return to compromise and civility in the nation’s political discourse and governance. Finally, our B’nai B’rith Today features provide an inside look at the many and varied activities that are the essence of B’nai B’rith. Enjoy!
— Eugene L. Meyer