Avishay Artsy

Avishay Artsy is a news reporter and producer at Southern California public radio station KCRW, and a contributing writer for the Jewish Journal, where he writes about arts and culture through a Jewish lens. He formerly worked as a producer on the business show Marketplace and on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth. He lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Follow him at @heyavishay.

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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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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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Meet the Harlem Globetrotters’ Jewish Basketball-Spinning Founder

By On March 1, 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters are known for gravity-defying slam dunks, trick shots and improbable long shots. What’s less known is that the razzle-dazzle comedic showmanship was the idea of British-born Jewish businessman Abe… Read More

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In 1936, Barcelona Was to Host the Anti-Nazi ‘People’s Olympiad’

By On February 17, 2017

In 1936, with Nazi Germany set to host the Summer Olympics, anti-fascist organizers in Barcelona decided to stage a parallel event: the People’s Olympiad. A hotbed of progressive and left-wing politics, the… Read More

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This Orthodox Jewish Prizefighter Wrote a Kids’ Book

By On February 2, 2017

Trying to teach your kid the ABCs while instilling in them a passion for boxing? Orthodox Jewish prizefighter Dmitriy Salita has just the book for you. The Brooklyn-based welterweight’s new children’s book… Read More

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The Israeli Artist Behind Those Inflatable Dancing Guys

By On January 31, 2017

You know those tube-shaped inflatable guys that dance around all wacky, with a convulsing body and waving arms? They’ve become omnipresent in the urban landscape, from used car lots to pawn shops.… 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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Torah Pirates Hijack New York’s Classical Radio Station

By On December 14, 2016

If you live in South Brooklyn and recently tuned in to WQXR (105.9 FM) to hear some soothing classical music, you may have been surprised to hear instead a man preaching the… Read More

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The Strange Case of the Missing Nazi Home Movies

By On December 8, 2016

  Here’s something you don’t read every day: Eva Braun made 16mm home movies of Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking SS soldiers. The films were used as propaganda, showing the Nazi officials goofing… Read More

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The Shema Prayer Just Debuted in the Fighting Ring

By On December 2, 2016

For the first time ever, Mixed Martial Arts, the full-contact sport that consists of people beating the hell out of each other, just held their World Championship in Israel. To mark his win, MMA… Read More

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Leonard Cohen’s Vacation in Castro’s Cuba

By On November 29, 2016

November marked the deaths of two very different public figures: Canadian-Jewish singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. But for two months in 1961, two years after the Castro-led 1959 revolution,… Read More

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The Young Israeli Singer Celebrating Her Moroccan Heritage

By On November 2, 2016

    Mizrahi music is enjoying a resurgence in Israel, with a new wave of musicians celebrating their North African and Middle Eastern roots. Atop that wave is the young singer Neta… Read More

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