About Tamar Fox

Tamar Fox has an MFA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, but she still doesn't like sweet tea. Born and raised in Chicago, she's also lived in Iowa City, Dublin, Oxford, and Jerusalem. When she's not rocking out at honky tonks she teaches text study, cooks elaborate meals, and volunteers for a hospice. When she grows up she wants to be a professional whiskey taster.

Bald-Headed Church and State Controversy in Monsey

By July 17, 2008

When Sarah Cohen of Monsey and her husband were arrested for welfare fraud last month they both had to have mug shots taken, and the police asked Sarah, a Chasidic Jew, to remove her sheitel (wig) for her mug shot. … Read More

From Sacred Space to Home Sweet Home

By July 16, 2008

Tajikistan’s last synagogue was razed to the ground recently, to make way for the new presidential palace, despite outcry from the community. Reading this got me thinking about sacred spaces that have been converted into not-so-sacred spaces. In some cases, … Read More

Hummus vs. Hamas

By July 8, 2008

Sacha Baron Cohen is loose in Israel, and he's creating some confusion over the thin linguistic line between hummus and Hamas. Posing as his character Bruno, a gay Austrian rock star, Cohen has been interviewing unsuspecting Israeli and Palestinian political … Read More

4 Peaceful Organizations Worth Supporting

By July 3, 2008

It may not seem like there’s much any of us can do to bring peace to even a relatively small corner of the world, but supporting world peace is as easy and concrete as drinking coffee or playing basketball. Here … Read More

Save America’s Oldest Mosque: Iowa Flood Update

By July 2, 2008

Two weeks ago we told you about how Iowa’s Jewish community has been affected by flooding, and ways you can help, including giving to the Red Cross, and sending donations marked "Flood Relief" to the Jewish Federation, 910 Polk Boulevard, … Read More

To Spend or To Give: Should You Stimulate the Economy or Give to Charity with That Tax Rebate?

By June 30, 2008

Tax rebates are trickling into American mailboxes. Some of us will be getting a pretty sweet chunk of change back, and with the economy going down the tubes, there are plenty of places we can think of to use that … Read More

The Draw of Faith: Christians in China and Black Jews in America

By June 27, 2008

The recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life told us what we already knew: America is becoming more and more religious. The draw of a spiritual life is growing in all sectors, and apparently all over … Read More

Jews Rebuilding Lebanon and Arabs Teaching Holocaust History in Palestinian Refugee Camps

By June 27, 2008

Jewish singles are more Jewishly engaged than people think (but does the word ‘engaged’ in that sentence make any other singles nervous?). A new report by sociologists Steven Cohen and Ari Kelman has found that unmarried Jews in their twenties … Read More