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.

The Jewish Cemetery Inside General Motors
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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
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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
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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

The Legend of the Jews' Arrival in Poland
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The Legend of the Jews’ Arrival in Poland

By On November 5, 2014

Legend has it that when the first Jews reached what is now Poland, driven from the west by Crusades, they saw the word “Polin,” or “Poland” in Yiddish, written on a tree.… Read More

Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball
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Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball

By On November 3, 2014

  When New York dance studios began offering Gaga classes, some people asked, “Wait, you need to go to a class to learn Ga-ga?” You can forgive them for the confusion, but in Israel,… Read More

Fashion Tips From NYC's Most Stylin' Bubbes
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Fashion Tips From NYC’s Most Stylin’ Bubbes

By On September 29, 2014

Is your bubbe your style inspiration? If you just got a mental image of women in tracksuits, or frumpy dresses, you’re probably not alone. But Ari Seth Cohen sees things differently. Cohen,… Read More

A New Film Asks: Was Rudolf Kasztner a Hero or Nazi Collaborator?
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Rudolf Kasztner: Hero or Nazi Collaborator?

By On July 30, 2014

The Talmud says that “he who saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” So a person who saved 1,684 lives during the Holocaust would surely be considered… Read More

How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews
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How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews

By On July 10, 2014

The name “London Jews’ Society” might conjure up images of proper Brits at a Hadassah meeting, or of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (or maybe of a Fiddler on the Roof/Downton Abbey mash-up).… Read More

How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC
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How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC

By On July 3, 2014

Long before JDate parodies, Yiddish cinema was poking fun of Jewish assimilation, values both “traditional” and “American,” and the desire to settle down, or, at least, get a date. Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker), made in… Read More

Crocheting Holocaust Rape Into Art
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Crocheting Holocaust Rape Into Disturbing Art

By On June 24, 2014

Israeli artist Gil Yefman doesn’t hesitate to shock. His most recent show, “Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn (To Me You Are Beautiful),” focused on the Holocaust, and on the juxtaposition of everyday objects and beautiful scenery… Read More

Why Does the Pope Wear a Kippah?
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Why Does the Pope Wear a Kippah?

By On June 12, 2014

You probably know that Pope Francis visited Israel not long ago. While he definitely stood out from the crowd, there was one way in which be blended right in: his kippah. Or whatever that is… Read More

Policeman
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An Israeli Film Popping With Lipstick and Guns

By On June 11, 2014

Shirtless men on bicycles, male bonding, gender relations, and social unrest. In Policeman, Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s newest film, opening in select theaters on June 13, a band of special operations unit policemen,… Read More

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