American Jews

A few years ago, I went out on a limb and wrote an article in favor of Christmas. At the time, it was a big deal. Very few rabbis had gone on the record on behalf of the holiday that epitomized Christianity. I wrote a column in 2014, “Je-Wish You a Merry Christmas” encouraging my fellow Jews to wish their Christian friends a Merry Christmas, a phrase that was often taboo in Jewish circles.

Chasya-Uriel Steinbauer, 44, sat on the floor of terminal four at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this summer with her two young children. She was minutes away from boarding a plane to Israel that would change the course of her family’s life; the Steinbauers were not just visiting Israel, but making Aliyah – immigrating to Israel.