Ilana Sichel

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

This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies
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This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies

By On August 30, 2016

If you were born poor and premature in early 20th-century New York City, your chances for survival were slim. Few American hospitals had incubators, and the mortality rate for preemies was staggering.… Read More

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Israeli Artist Evokes Yiddish Theater With Dead Sea Bridal Dress

By On August 28, 2016

It turns out an amazing thing happens to traditional black Hasidic dresses when submerged in the Dead Sea for three months: They turn white and start sparkling with encrusted salt crystals. Over… Read More

This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastic Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History
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This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastics Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History

By On August 22, 2016

Sixty years before Aly Raisman brought home her gold, the world had its eyes on another Jewish Olympic gymnast: a Hungarian woman with a backstory even more arresting than her floor routine.… Read More

The Ancient Belief in Jewish Bones Tunneling to Jerusalem on Judgment Day
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The Ancient Belief in Jewish Bones Tunneling to Jerusalem on Judgment Day

By On July 29, 2016

Life in ancient Palestine was rough. The Jews who left for Babylonia tended to have it easier, living under kinder rulers than those in Roman and Byzantine Palestine. But those Palestinian Jews… Read More

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia's Other Jews
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Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

By On January 18, 2016

  Americans tend to think of Blacks and Jews as distinct groups: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.; Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner going down South for Freedom Summer.… Read More

thejewniverse.com/2015/this-wild-performance-artist-is-shattering-every-israeli-taboo
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This Wild Performance Artist is Shattering Every Israeli Taboo

By On January 14, 2016

Israeli performance artist Natali Cohen Vaxberg is likely to be indicted for a video she uploaded to YouTube featuring her defecating on an Israeli flag, among others (warning: not for the faint… Read More

The Japanese Tampon Named for Anne Frank
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The Japanese Tampon Named for Anne Frank

By On January 5, 2016

Remember how candidly Anne Frank described getting her period in her famous diary? “I can hardly wait,” she wrote. “It’s such a momentous event. Too bad I can’t use sanitary napkins but… Read More

best of 2015
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Jewniverse Top 10 of 2015!

By On December 29, 2015

We like to think that every post we publish will rock some reader’s world, tickling their hidden penchants for Jews on tropical islands, sex advice for 1930s Jewish girls, surprising chapters in… Read More

Nittel Nacht
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Why Hasids Celebrate Xmas Eve (Sort Of)

By On December 23, 2015

Christmas Eve has such a marked place in European Jewish history that it has its own name: Nittel Nacht. As a precaution against the violent acts by marauding Eastern European and Russian… Read More

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The Only Turkey-Style Challah Braiding Video You’ll Ever Need

By On November 22, 2015

Perhaps the greatest gift that last year’s Thanksgivukkah gave American Jews—well, third greatest, if we count the menurkeys on our windowsills and the orange cranberry jelly doughnuts we want in our bellies—is… Read More

The “Bataclan” Was Named For This Jewish Operetta
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The Bataclan Was Named For This Jewish Operetta

By On November 16, 2015

Haaretz writer Vivian Eden just unearthed an amazing historical factoid: the Bataclan, the stately Paris theater that is now synonymous with bloodshed and horror, takes its name from an operetta written and… Read More

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Where Teenage Love is Anything But Ordinary

By On June 23, 2015

Best known as a columnist, novelist, and writer of the hit Israeli TV series Arab Labor, Sayed Kashua has a new distinction: writer of one of the best coming-of-age movies in recent… Read More

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