Ilana Sichel

Ilana Sichel is the editor of Jewniverse. Follow her occasional tweets @ilanasichel.

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In 1901, These Photos of Yemeni Jews Amazed the Western World

By On May 1, 2017

Since the establishment of the State of Israel (69 years ago today!), the vast majority of Yemen’s Jewish population has migrated to the Jewish State. Half a century earlier, a young German… Read More

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Holocaust Survivor Portraits and Notes in an Emotional Photo Book

By On April 21, 2017

A handsome older gentleman stands softly illuminated by the rain-splattered window behind him, a small, satisfied smile gently curling his lips. The sentence “My name is Izrael Nathan Melamed, not Adam Adams”… Read More

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‘Had Gadya’ Viral Video Inspiration for Your Seder

By On April 10, 2017

The Passover song about all the awe-inspiring and dreadful things that happen after a man sells a goat for “two zuzim” is generally sung by very sleepy children, in a sonorous tune that reminds… Read More

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Put a Sparkly Easter Egg on Your Seder Plate, PETA Says

By On April 7, 2017

Stand-up comedian Carol Leifer, one of the great writers behind Seinfeld and SNL, has come out from behind the camera with a PETA video for Jewish vegans. The group that notoriously offended… Read More

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India’s ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ Bakes Passover Matzah

By On April 5, 2017

India’s Jewish community is dwindling, but as long as they’re there, they’re coming together to prepare for Passover in the way Jews around the world have for millennia: by baking the bread… Read More

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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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Netflix Asks: Who Murdered This 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl?

By On March 23, 2017

In 2006, the sleepy Israeli town of Katzrin was shocked by the gruesome murder of 13-year-old Tair Rada in her school’s bathroom. Though the police swiftly convicted a Ukrainian immigrant employed at Rada’s… 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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IvankaTrump.com Hearts Anne Frank

By On February 9, 2017

Anne Frank. Rosa Parks. Albert Einstein. Maya Angelou. Audre Lorde. What do these famous figures have in common? For one thing, they were all brilliant critics of oppressive political systems, celebrated for standing… Read More

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New Viral Video Begs Trump: “America First. Israel Second?”

By On February 6, 2017

You’ve probably seen them by now: hilarious spoof videos introducing President Trump to various European countries, “in his own words,” making their case for second place, after “America first.” Starting with Holland’s… Read More

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Refugees Aboard the SS St. Louis Are Tweeting from the Grave

By On January 29, 2017

Amanda Wachtel. Georg Cohn. Regina Blumenstein. Flora Wilmersdorfer. Werner Stein. You’ve probably never heard of these people. Each of them, from the giggling toddler to the elegant lady, were murdered in Auschwitz… Read More

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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