POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA) – On a frigid evening late last month, Aron Schimmel, the Chabad emissary here, sat in a deli at the back of the glatt kosher supermarket sipping from a can of Israeli mango juice. A sign posted next to the entranceway boasted of the presence of Jewish life in this working-class town of 2,220 set amid the rolling cornfields of northeastern Iowa. The state home this week to the first U.S. presidential contest, the Iowa Caucus.
“Postville might be at the edge of the world, but you can still buy tzitzis, yarmulkas, shirts, shells and more!” reads the sign, referring to several Jewish ritual garments. [Read more…]