Abby Sher

Abby Sher is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying (Among Other Things) and Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Elle magazine, among other publications.

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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the premiere episode of the current season of HBO’s Girls, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surfer girl Gidget. Yes,… Read More

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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… Read More

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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More

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The Odd Couple Israeli Scientists Who Changed Psychology Forever

By On February 14, 2017

Amos and Danny were an unlikely duo. Amos Tversky was an eternal optimist, an Israeli military hero, and a neat freak. Even as a young man, Danny Kahneman was a pessimist and a worrier. Forced… Read More

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Surprise! Mexico’s Rising Klezmer Star Isn’t Jewish

By On February 8, 2017

Juan Pérez is not Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him play klezmer. Pérez, who is 28 years old, grew up in a small Mexican village named Xicohtzinco. He’s… Read More

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The Raunchiest Orthodox Mom Doing Stand-Up

By On February 6, 2017

Stand-up comedian Talia Reese will definitely have a home-cooked meal and a fresh challah on her table next Friday night. But as soon as the sun sets on Saturday, she’ll be onstage performing… Read More

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How One Toy Inventor Bluffed His Way Through the Holocaust

By On February 1, 2017

Henry Orenstein is a tinkerer. That’s how the 93-year-old Holocaust survivor has come up with some of the most genius inventions in toy history: Suzy Homemaker, Johnny Lightning, a “hole card” camera… Read More

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The Berlin Group Reviving Yiddish Music Lost in the Holocaust

By On January 27, 2017

The year was 1935, and Willy Rosen – a popular Jewish cabaret singer in Berlin – was performing a fun new song called, “At the Golden Snail Inn,” which he recorded in… Read More

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Here Come the Pennsylvania ‘Jewfis’

By On January 24, 2017

The 1960s and ’70s inspired more than just free love and LSD in America. There was a newfound curiosity and sense of daring that reached far and wide – challenging the norm… 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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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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Are Evil Sea Monkeys Kosher?

By On January 4, 2017

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer tackle tough questions in their delightful, illustrated page-turner: Could Bigfoot be served, roasted, at a seder? What about a cloven-hoofed alien? The two debate whether the 34 gloriously illustrated creatures in their The… Read More

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