Marc Davis

Marc Davis grew up in the Old Country (Brooklyn), where he learned to love the Mets. His mom makes perfect chicken soup, and his dad forced him to listen to Mickey Katz records. Marc spent 28 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. He lives in Virginia Beach with his beautiful wife, Sharon.

The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

By On February 20, 2015

  All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The story of American Jews working with Southern blacks is well known. But the story of Southern… Read More


How Minnesota’s Goyish Governor Passed for Jewish

By On March 21, 2014

Could there be a more goyishe name than Floyd Bjørnstjerne Olson? Believe it or not, the 22nd governor of Minnesota, born of Scandinavian parents, was so steeped in Yiddishkeit that he often passed for Jewish.… Read More

Anat Cohen

The Israeli Woman Who’s Reviving the Jazz Clarinet

By On February 3, 2014

Among the world’s top jazz musicians, there are few women instrumentalists, and even fewer Israeli women. In fact, there is only one: Anat Cohen, the best jazz clarinetist alive. At least that’s what… Read More


The Anti-Semitic Origins of “Hip Hip Hooray”

By On January 21, 2014

Three cheers for the bat mitzvah girl! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip… wait, stop. This is all wrong. Turns out our good old American cheer derives from an old anti-Semitic rallying cry,… Read More

Levy's Rye Bread

The “Mad Woman” Who Sold Jewish Rye to Goyim

By On January 14, 2014

  In the long history of Jewish culinary triumphs, there has never been a finer invention than pastrami on rye. And there has never been a rye bread more indelibly linked to Jews than Levy’s.… Read More

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2014: The Year “Fiddler” Turns 50

By On January 1, 2014

Was there ever a real-life shtetl as joyful, as funny, as musical and, ultimately, as heartbreaking as Anatevka? Probably not. But after five decades, “our little village” in Fiddler on the Roof still embodies what… Read More


The Screw-y, Filthy World of Al Goldstein

By On November 18, 2013

The lives of some sex peddlers are just made for Hollywood. Larry Flynt: check. Hugh Hefner: coming soon. Al Goldstein? Not quite yet. While some goyishe porn pushers tried to pass off orgies as art—we’re… Read More


“Moo. Please No Murder Me” – and Other Torah Commentaries

By On September 24, 2013

So begins “The Song of the Red Cow,” one of 54 strange and delightful Torah commentaries in Unscrolled, a motley collection of essays, memoirs, cartoons, and shticks. Each is as unique as the poor red heifer,… Read More


From German Universities Straight to the Black South

By On September 23, 2013

The story of American Jews helping Southern blacks is well known. But the story of Southern blacks helping oppressed German Jews is not. As Nazism swept Germany in the 1930s, Jewish intellectuals fled to… Read More


The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West

By On September 12, 2013

Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but an extraordinary day for Jewish women: It was the first time a woman delivered a sermon from the pulpit. Addressing a mixed gathering of Orthodox and Reform… Read More


Stravinsky the Anti-Semite

By On September 2, 2013

Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is an odd piece that’s also oddly well-known, in part because it was featured in Disney’s Fantasia. But less well-known about the ballet and orchestral piece Rite of Spring is that its composer… Read More


The Most Embarrassing Jewish Search Result

By On August 20, 2013

Try this at home. Go to YouTube, type the word “Jewish” and sort by “view count.” What’s the most-viewed “Jewish” video of all time? You’ll never guess. It’s a silly piece of fluff called “I’m Jewish and You… Read More