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Jenny Levison

Jenny Levison
Jenny Levison is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and documentary filmmaker whose special passions are Yiddish culture, baseball season, and fighting white nationalism. Her documentary film with Joshua Waletzky, Parting the Waters, about race and segregation through the lens of the American swimming pool, will be forthcoming in 2014.

The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language

August 29, 2014
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The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language

The year was 1879. Stalin was born. The Austro-German Alliance was signed to dissuade Russia from attacking either nation. During the chilling lead-up to the Armenian genocide, Turkey banned Armenian performances in Constantinople (now Istanbul). And amidst this growing sectarianism, a Polish Jew named Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof set about to create a universal language that would trump…

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Rube Goldberg is an Adjective

August 27, 2014
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Rube Goldberg is an Adjective

Do you need to change a flat tire? Perhaps wipe your mouth without using your hands? Are…

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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

August 6, 2014
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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How will they ever find love? The old-fashioned…

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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

August 1, 2014
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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your…

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Elie Wiesel’s Mysterious Mentor

July 29, 2014
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Elie Wiesel's Mysterious Mentor

They say he dressed in rags. That he…

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The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

July 25, 2014
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The Man Who Taught Arabic in Yiddish

Have you been wanting to learn Palestinian Arabic? Bistu…

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The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

July 14, 2014
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The Aryan Baby Who Wasn’t

Nazis. If it’s not one thing it’s another.…

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Morning Jew News & Schmooze!

April 3, 2014
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What do you get when two Jewish comedians—one…

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The Last Man Who Spoke Provence’s Dead Jewish Language

April 1, 2014
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In 1977, Apple Computers incorporated, Menachem Begin became…

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The Lesbian Flick Banned by the Nazis

March 27, 2014
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Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian…

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How the West Was Won (By Jews)

March 18, 2014
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Typically, when we think of Jews in California,…

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The Jewish Mardi Gras

March 13, 2014
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The Jewish Mardi Gras

What is it about the depth of winter…

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