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.

Little White Lie
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Little White Lie

By On January 2, 2015

Lacey Schwartz didn’t set out to be a filmmaker, but a story too personal to ignore dropped in her lap. Little White Lie is her documentary film about her family history, secrets, and ultimately… Read More

Muslim Enemy of the Reich
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Muslim Enemy of the Reich

By On November 10, 2014

At a time when stories of Muslim-Jewish unity are far and few between comes the story of a Muslim woman who went undercover to fight the Nazis in occupied France. Noorunissa Inayat Khan was born… Read More

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How Anti-Semitism Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Succeed

By On October 20, 2014

Rising to barely 5 foot 1 inch, weighing in at just under 100 pounds, and topping out her age bracket at 81 years, we have the meanest, leanest magistrate in the land—the… Read More

The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music
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The Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music

By On October 8, 2014

He’s been called the Jewish Elvis; he’s been called the Lady Gaga of Hasidic Music. He’s a rock star, he’s a YouTube sensation, and he’s a Hasidic Jew. He is Lipa Schmeltzer, and his wardrobe is way… Read More

The First Jewish Postage Stamp
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Celebrating Hanukkah, USPS-Style

By On September 30, 2014

  You’ve recited selichot. You’ve blown the shofar. You’re doing your teshuvah. All that’s left is to get your final Jewish New Year card into the mail before you have to repent for missing the season. But which stamps… Read More

The Other Persian Jews
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The Other Persian Jews

By On September 24, 2014

Make plov, a delicious Bukharan dish, for Rosh Hashanah! If you’re not from the region and you’re not a Near East cultural scholar, chances are that when you think about Persian Jews,… Read More

Ione Skye’s Yiddish Vacation
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Ione Skye’s Yiddish Vacation

By On September 15, 2014

  Check out Kveller’s exclusive interview with Ione Skye! Actress Ione Skye—daughter of Scottish singer Donovan and American model Enid Carl, and best known as John Cusack’s brainy and beautiful love interest in Say Anything, has just… Read More

Curious George Goes to Arkansas…From Nazi-Occupied France
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Curious George Goes to Arkansas…From Nazi-Occupied France

By On September 12, 2014

You’ve probably known Curious George all your life, right? You remember when he pranked the fire department, when he got a job, and maybe even when he learned his ABCs. You might even know that… Read More

The First Jewish Woman in Congress
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The First Jewish Woman in Congress

By On September 9, 2014

Her tenure might have started when her husband died, but she went on to win re-election five times, and to serve in Congress from 1925 to 1937. Meet Florence Prag Kahn: Republican from California, and the… Read More

The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language
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The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language

By On August 29, 2014

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… Read More

Rube Goldberg is an Adjective
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Rube Goldberg is an Adjective

By On August 27, 2014

Do you need to change a flat tire? Perhaps wipe your mouth without using your hands? Are you one of those people who likes to make simple tasks as complicated as possible? Then you… Read More

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

By On August 6, 2014

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How will they ever find love? The old-fashioned way, of course—on a reality TV dating show. Match Made in Heaven followed Haredi singles, their families, and of course… Read More

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