Leonard Nimoy’s Totally Campy ‘80s Pop Cameo

By On October 5, 2016

  If you’re a Gen X’er, you may remember Information Society, that crazy-haired ‘80s synthpop band with the No. 1 single “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy).” The 1988 club hit makes… Read More


Growing Up Gay in a Brooklyn Bra Shop

By On October 4, 2016

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, Steven didn’t have many friends his age. Arnie and Irv who worked at the diner called him a fairy. Lily Williams the saleslady said he “would come… Read More


Destroyed By Isis, This Ancient Syrian Synagogue Had Jaw-Dropping Murals

By On October 3, 2016

In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back… Read More


The Rosh Hashanah Sephardic Seder

By On September 30, 2016

Pop quiz: How many seders are in the Jewish year? If you said “one,” sorry, but we have to send you back to Hebrew school. Though it’s relatively unknown to the Ashkenazim… Read More


‘The Sound of Music’ in Hebrew Is Lovely — And Hilarious

By On September 29, 2016

The Sound of Music probably conjures up images of Julie Andrews skipping through lush alpine meadows with blonde children—not exactly the people or the landscape familiar to Israeli kids. But that hasn’t… Read More


How To Talk Like a Holocaust Scholar

By On September 28, 2016

Historian Deborah Lipstadt is used to giving lectures on the Holocaust at Emory University — not recording the way she says mundane phrases like “goodnight.” But that’s exactly what she did to… Read More


Growing Up Jewish With Four Lesbian Moms

By On September 27, 2016

Back before the majority of Americans supported same-sex marriage, having gay parents was seen as more than a little weird. These self-identified “queerspawn” include a girl named Kellen Anne Kaiser, raised by… Read More


Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past

By On September 26, 2016

In the summer of 1930, a Viennese Jewish immigrant named Max Fleischer created an anthropomorphized poodle named Betty Boop. The pooch waited tables and sang in a cartoon called “Dizzy Dishes.” But… Read More


This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More

How Chabad Students Beat Steve Jobs to Hacking the Phones

The Rebbe Led. Steve Jobs Followed.

By On September 22, 2016

The year 1970 was monumental for bell bottoms, earth-lovers, and, it turns out, the technological discoveries that would lead to the internet. On January 17 of that year, a handful of Brooklyn… Read More


The Jews Who Adopted Louis Armstrong

By On September 21, 2016

International jazz legend. Radio and film star…raised by Jews? Yup. Well, sort of. Louis Armstrong, also known as “Ambassador Satch,” was unofficially adopted by a family of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who had a… Read More

This Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

The Ancient Jewish Martial Art From Jamaica or Yemen or Ethiopia or Something

By On September 20, 2016

Depending on your penchant for skepticism, Abir Qesheth is either an ancient Jewish martial art passed down from Yemenite warriors or a brand new martial art created by a former rapper named Yehoshua… Read More

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