About Symi Rom-Rymer

Symi Rom-Rymer writes and blogs about Jewish and Muslim communities in the US and Europe. She has been published in JTA, The Christian Science Monitor and PresentTense.

Reviewed: “Five Weddings And A Felony”

By November 29, 2010

A review of Josh Freed’s documentary about navigating his way through modern dating. Read More

The Helen Thomas Travel Plan

By June 25, 2010

When Helen Thomas declared that Jews have no place in Israel and should go home to Germany and Poland, she unleashed a current of outrage within the American Jewish community.  How dare she suggest, they wondered, that Jews should return … Read More

Redesigning Birthright for the Next Decade

By December 23, 2009

Since its founding in 1999, Taglit-Birthright Israel’s mandate has been to renew and strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. Over the past decade, it has proudly sent more than 200,000 young Jews from around the world on a … Read More

Do You Want to Friend This Dead Child?

By December 17, 2009

"My name is Henio Zytomirski. I am seven-years-old. I live on 3 Szewska Street in Lublin." So begins the profile of Heino Zytomirski, a young addition to Facebook. Why should we care? Because Heino is dead-a young victim of the … Read More

How Do You “Love Israel”?

By November 17, 2009

What does it mean to be ‘pro-Israel’ within the context of liberal Jewish thought?  This is one of the most complex and frustrating questions that has dogged me since my return from the recent J Street conference.  When this topic … Read More