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Illustration of laptop with man onscreen blowing shofar, next to candles and holiday foods (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans blend tradition, creativity for Rosh Hashanah

Learn how Jewish Americans are adapting their holiday rituals to accommodate the observance of Rosh Hashanah during a public health crisis.
Different kinds of pastries in box (© Piroshky Piroshky Bakery LLC)

In the U.S., it’s easy to start a small business

Entrepreneurs will find plenty of resources through the U.S. Small Business Administration to help them establish — and expand — their businesses.
Passenger wearing mask while walking down airplane aisle (© David J. Phillip/AP Images)

U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

A researcher has developed a ventilation system that would limit the transmission of pathogens, including the coronavirus, inside airplanes and vehicles.
American flag showing gift of cows from Maasai people to U.S. after 9/11 (© Matt Flynn/9/11 Memorial Museum/Gift of Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and the Maasai People of Kenya)

Why September 12 matters so much

Countries around the world showed kindness to the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
John Lewis holding hands with children, leading others in march down hallway (© Carlos Gonzalez/The New York Times)

Graphic novel brings John Lewis’ story to a new generation

Learn how an unconventional memoir by the late John Lewis and his two collaborators is helping young people learn about the civil rights struggle.
Mountains surrounding historic building with towers and walls (© DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Preserving Albania’s centuries-old sites

A recent earthquake damaged three of Albania's most famous historic sites. Learn how a U.S. government program is helping to restore these treasured spots.
Damaged boat sitting on shore, seen through blown-out building (© Ramon Espinosa/AP Images)

U.S., Bahamas salvage hurricane-damaged artifacts

When Hurricane Dorian struck The Bahamas in 2019, local museums were hard hit. But U.S. partners are helping Bahamians to save irreplaceable museum objects.
Tulips blooming in front of building with columns (White House/Andrea Hanks)

First lady to restore White House Rose Garden

First lady Melania Trump will be renovating the White House Rose Garden this summer. Learn how the history of this iconic green space is shaping her plans.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr, sitting across from each other (© Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Voting Rights Act at 55

Prior to 1965, African Americans in the South were often blocked from voting. But an important law remedied that, and altered the U.S. political landscape.