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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Beauty Queens of India

By On January 20, 2017

When the first Miss India beauty pageant took place in 1947, it was no surprise that a stunning Bollywood starlet named Pramila won. She was a natural beauty, with wide, sparkling eyes… Read More

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The Jewish Inventor of the Atomic Bomb

By On January 19, 2017

With all the recent bluster about nuclear armament, it might be wise to check in with the inventor of the bomb itself, the Jewish American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer, born in… Read More

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Marilyn Monroe Was Filmed by This Chutzpahdik German Jew

By On January 18, 2017

  It’s 1954. A young man and woman, dressed to the nines, she in a white cocktail dress, exit a Manhattan movie theater. They pause to chat. She stands over a subway… Read More

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These Pigeons Flew for a Jewish Palestine

By On January 17, 2017

Long before city-dwellers affectionately called them “sky rats,” homing pigeons could occasionally serve a higher purpose. For one such purpose, look to the operations of Nili, the Jewish espionage network that aided… Read More

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The Black Newspaper That Championed Jewish Hair

By On January 16, 2017

The Chicago Defender comes out of the South Side (here’s looking at you, Michelle Lavaughn Obama) and focuses on the city’s African-American population. But it also has a surprising history of covering… Read More

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This Forgotten Soviet Artist Depicted Jewish Suffering

By On January 13, 2017

Raised images of Yiddish poets gaze at viewers from gravestones. These two-dimensional memorials, however, are the only gravestones these 12 poets murdered under Stalin would ever have. This series of portraits, called… Read More

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Why Friday the 13th is a Lucky Day for Jews

By On January 12, 2017

On Friday the 13th we typically watch for planes falling out of the sky and elevators crashing and relationships falling apart. Americans are so spooked by the number 13 that some buildings… Read More

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Sicily Gets Its First New Synagogue in 500 Years

By On January 11, 2017

An unlikely thing is happening in Sicily. Over five centuries after the expulsion of the Italian island’s Jewish population, the ancient synagogue in its capital city is re-opening its doors. As of… Read More

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The Original “Hollyweed” Prankster was a Jewish Art Student

By On January 10, 2017

  Earlier this week, 30-year-old Zachary Cole Fernandez was arrested for a prank that Los Angelenos woke up to on New Year’s Day: The iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over the city’s… Read More

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See 1900s Bukharan Jewish Children in Gorgeous Full Color

By On January 9, 2017

When we think about Jews in the Czarist Russia, what comes to mind? Probably black-and-white, or maybe sepia-toned, images of poor, pious Jews, shot through a dusty lens. So Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky’s… Read More

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This Man is Afghanistan’s Last Jew

By On January 6, 2017

It’s one thing to feel like you’re part of a small minority. It’s another to be that small minority. For Zebulon Simentov – aka “Zebulon the Jew” – minority status makes him a… Read More

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