It’s 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!

February 26, 2015
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It's 1933: Calling All Jewish Doctors to Istanbul!

In the 17th century, the Ottoman Empire was known as the “sick man of Europe.” When, after World War I, Kemal Mustafa Ataturk helped inaugurate the republic of Turkey, becoming its first president, one could say he overturned this reputation by the most literal means possible: by inviting 300 some…

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

February 25, 2015
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Go Through the Drawers of a 1930s Polish Jewish Kitchen

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 and worked? A new project from Indiana University lets you do just that. “In Mrs. Goldberg’s Kitchen“ is…

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Why the Original Dodge Logo Was a Jewish Star

February 24, 2015
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In 1900, Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company. The brothers were not Jewish, but their original logo looked a lot like the Star of David. It was a circle with two interlocking triangles forming a six-pointed star. An interlocked “DB” was at the center…

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Meet Victoria Hanna, The Israeli Hip-Hop Artist Who’ll Blow Your Mind

February 23, 2015
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Mindblowing Israeli Hip-Hop that Explodes the Hebrew Alphabet

There’s a video that’s been making the Internet rounds this past week of Israeli vocal artist Victoria Hanna’s strange and captivating new song. In the video for “Aleph-bet (Hosha’ana)”, she’s dressed as a teacher at the head of a classroom of schoolgirls who recite the Hebrew alphabet after her. As…

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

February 20, 2015
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The Refugee Scholars Who Went From German Universities Straight to the Black South

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 blacks helping oppressed German Jews is not. As Nazism swept Germany in the 1930s, Jewish intellectuals fled to the…

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When Nina Simone Sang a Zionist Standard

February 19, 2015
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Nina Simone Sings Milk & Honey

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Taken from a biblical passage, it speaks of Israel’s abundant natural produce (milk and honey, especially), from the perspective of…

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How Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired a Passover Seder

February 18, 2015
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How Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired a Passover Seder

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated just eight days before Passover in 1968. Among those grieving his loss were Jews who had joined his nonviolent protest movement, and were dedicated to the causes of civil rights and…

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The Jewish Songwriter Behind Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

February 17, 2015
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All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The song “Strange Fruit,” one of the most haunting jazz ballads of the past century, was made famous by Billie Holiday. But it was written by a Jewish man named Abel Meeropol, who…

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The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

February 16, 2015
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All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938, the audience was in for more than just a rollicking time. That performance…

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The Jewish Moroccan Language That Should Be Extinct But Isn’t

February 13, 2015
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When an animal species is on the edge of extinction, there are plenty of ways to do your part (adopt an African rhino, anyone?). But what do we do when a language in in critical danger of becoming extinct? There are approximately 6,500 distinct languages spoken in the world. According…

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A New Film That Uncovers Hidden Drawings from Concentration Camps

February 12, 2015
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One of the most common drawings from a child (after stick figures) is a house with a chimney puffing curlicues of smoke. Because I Was A Painter features a lot of chimneys, but the smoke is heavy, and often drawn with dark scribbles or even faces melting into a mournful…

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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

February 11, 2015
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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

In Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem, the heroine of the title finds herself imprisoned in a system that makes no sense: her marriage and the legal system meant to help her get out of it. In Israel, marriages are still governed by religious courts,…

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