Sarah Zarrow

Sarah Zarrow is a Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University, focusing on the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe. In her spare time she dances and dreams of her next research trip.


A Granddaughter’s Visual Journey Through Her Bubbe’s Tragic Past

By On October 13, 2016

Amy Kurzweil’s The Flying Couch is an engrossing, graphic new take on a rich topic: third-generation reckoning with the legacy of the Holocaust. Through whimsical and moving cartoons, Kurzweil weaves together her own hypochondriacal girlhood, her… Read More

The Jewish Chicken Farmers of New Jersey

The Jewish Chicken Farmers of New Jersey

By On May 23, 2016

Think “New Jersey Jews.” What do you see? Kids swimming at Jewish day camps, suburban synagogues surrounded by parking lots, Yiddish-speaking peasants raising chickens–Oh wait, not that last one? Think back to… Read More

Trust No Fox

This 1936 Illustrated German Children’s Book Makes Anti-Semitism Look So Cute

By On May 17, 2016

How did Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic ideas transform from the ravings of an outsider to official policy? A new exhibit, “Anti-Semitism 1919-1939,” at the New-York Historical Society asks this question, and a 1936 children’s… Read More

When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows with Pushcart Peddlers

When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows With Pushcart Peddlers

By On December 28, 2015

If you peel back the layers of wallpaper in any older New York City apartment, you’re bound to find something intriguing—even if it’s only more ugly wallpaper. A decade ago, though, renovations… Read More

yiddish death of a salesman

The Fascinating Yiddish Origins of “Death of a Salesman”

By On October 22, 2015

Linda Loman’s famous speech in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman demands that “attention must be paid” to a man like her husband Willy. In the New Yiddish Rep’s new staging of… Read More

Why the Warsaw Zoo has a Jewish Museum

Why the Warsaw Zoo Has a Jewish Museum

By On October 7, 2015

  Warsaw’s newest addition to its zoo isn’t another monkey cage or dolphin show. It’s—wait for it—a Jewish museum. But it’s not how it sounds. Located in a modest white house, the… Read More


See The Yiddish Paper Beloved by Polish Jewry Before the War

By On March 20, 2015

Looking for news from the provinces? A husband? Sholem Aleichem’s book tour schedule? Published between 1908 and 1939, Haynt (along with Der Moment) was one of the two widest-circulation, longest-running Yiddish newspapers in… Read More

Go Through the Drawers of a 1930s Polish Jewish Kitchen

The New Site That Lets You Snoop Around an Old Polish Jewish Kitchen

By On February 25, 2015

Have you ever wanted to step into the past? Not into a famous battle, or a momentous event, but into someone else’s home, to be able to see how that person lived… Read More

Yiddish Theater Takes the Web!

Yiddish Theater Takes the Web

By On January 12, 2015

Want to know about Yiddish theatre in Cairo? What about Buenos Aires, or the more familiar territory of New York’s Lower East Side? Good news: In these times of freezing temperatures and… Read More

The Jewish Cemetery Inside General Motors

Discover the Jewish Cemetery Inside the General Motors Plant

By On December 30, 2014

Oddly enough, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Midwest shares space with a car manufacturer. In the 1860s, congregants of Shaarey Zedek in Metro Detroit, acquired land for a cemetery, which… Read More

Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots

Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots

By On November 12, 2014

All the talk about Jewish cultural revival in Poland has people asking: What’s it like to be Jewish in Poland today? How do young Jews relate to their religion, to Israel, to each other?The Return,… Read More

The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist

The Filmmaker And the Hasid Who Met on Craigslist

By On November 7, 2014

When filmmaker Annie Berman posted an ad in the Craigslist “strictly platonic” section, she was looking for someone to give her some insight into the eruv in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a project she was researching. When… Read More

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