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When Modern Dance Got Caught in Israel’s Culture Wars

By On March 22, 2017

Mr. Gaga, the intriguing new documentary about Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director, is about more than dance. Veteran filmmaker Tomer Heymann incorporates never-before-seen archival footage, beautifully shot performances, interviews and… Read More

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The Jewish Shtetl Brothers Who Launched Chuck Berry to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fame

By On March 20, 2017

Chuck Berry, who died March 18, was a rock and roll legend with a uniquely American sound, which blended country twang with bluesy undertones and a signature electric guitar lick. So it’s… Read More

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This Hot Yiddish Play Featured Broadway’s First Lesbian Kiss

By On March 20, 2017

When God of Vengeance first premiered in English on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast was brought to court on charges of indecency for featuring a lesbian kiss—a Broadway first. The prolific… Read More

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Hot Pockets Were Invented by These Iranian Jewish Brothers

By On March 17, 2017

The American dream is microwaveable. At least it was for Paul and David Merage (formerly Meraj), the Jewish Iranian immigrant brothers behind America’s favorite savory drunk snack, the Hot Pocket. The brothers… Read More

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This Bubbe’s White Wardrobe is NYC’s Hottest New Art

By On March 16, 2017

While she was alive, Sara Berman knitted, cooked, and babysat her grandchildren, Alex and Lulu. She had great style, and loved to help her grandkids arrange their closets. Her own NYC closet… Read More

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Notorious B.I.G. Worked at a Brooklyn Synagogue as a Teen

By On March 15, 2017

Earlier this month passed the 20th anniversary of the murder of Notorious B.I.G., arguably one of the most influential rappers of all time. But before he was the face of East Coast… Read More

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What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

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The Jewish Burlesque Dancer Who’s Fat & Proud of It

By On March 13, 2017

What’s a nice Jewish girl from the suburbs of D.C. doing taking her clothes off for money? Living out her childhood dream, and making a powerful, body-positive statement along the way. Fancy… Read More

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This Jewish Punk Heroine Died Tragically Young

By On March 13, 2017

The early ‘80s were an exciting time in New York’s music scene, and a young Jewish woman stood at the center of it all. Ruth Polsky was a prominent club promoter on… Read More

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Watch Joan Collins Play Queen Esther on the Big Screen

By On March 9, 2017

From Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments to the 2014 film Noah, epic stories of biblical proportion are no stranger to the silver screen. Yet one you may be less familiar with is the… Read More

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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More

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Banksy’s Israeli-Palestinian Pillow Fight in a West Bank Hotel

By On March 7, 2017

For five-star accommodation, excellent turndown service, and a fine-tuned political consciousness, look no further than the latest creation of Banksy, the anonymous satirical British graffiti artist whose new hotel has scenic views… Read More

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