LA's First Jew
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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

When Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner Staged a Holocaust Opera
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When Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner Staged a Holocaust Opera

By On January 5, 2015

In 1938, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása penned the children’s opera Brundibar—“bumblebee” in colloquial Czech—for a government competition. But it wasn’t exactly a good time for art. Though early rehearsals took place at… Read More

Little White Lie
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Little White Lie

By On January 2, 2015

Lacey Schwartz didn’t set out to be a filmmaker, but a story too personal to ignore dropped in her lap. Little White Lie is her documentary film about her family history, secrets, and ultimately… Read More

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2015 Looking Like an Anti-Semitic Year? Take Two And Call Us in the Morning.

By On January 1, 2015

What’s in your first aid kit? Bandages, check; thermometer, check; rubbing alcohol, check; protection against anti-Semitism – hold on a sec. In 2014, France was stymied by a mass exodus of Jews… Read More

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Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way

By On December 31, 2014

It’s New Years Eve, and after all those rounds of champagne, the last place you’ll want to be tonight is behind the steering wheel, right? Of course, there are apps like Uber,… Read More

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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

The Book of the All-Virtuous Wisdom of Joshua Ben Sira
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Ben Sira, The Prophet Who Wasn’t One

By On December 29, 2014

Believe it or not, the fact that the prophet Jeremiah is both Ben Sira’s father and grandfather is not the weirdest thing about him. Yup–according to apocrypha, evil men forced Jeremiah to… Read More

Hitler in the Amazon
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Hitler in the Amazon

By On December 26, 2014

Hitler is alive and well, if not a bit wrinkled, and he’s living in the Amazon jungle thirty years after the end of the Holocaust. Who better than a group of Jewish… Read More

What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?
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What Kind of Nice Jewish Boy Writes a Book About Santa Claus?

By On December 25, 2014

One day, Eric Kaplan’s son’s playdate to the zoo was canceled by his friend’s mother. It was almost Christmas, and the mother, knowing that Kaplan’s son didn’t believe in Santa, didn’t want… Read More

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha
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Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

By On December 24, 2014

Are you struggling with holiday music choices for your interfaith family? Or perhaps you’re a closet carol-loving Jew, like Bob Dylan. Or a non-denominational December-loving person who will poke his eye out… Read More

The 1920s: When Gandhi Was a Yiddish-Speaking Puppet
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Meet Mohandas Gandhi, The Yiddish-Speaking Puppet

By On December 23, 2014

Who was the Jon Stewart of the Lower East Side in the 1920s and 30s? It just may have been Modicut, a satirical, leftist Yiddish puppet theater troupe (the only one of… Read More

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The ______ [adj] Inventor of Mad Libs

By On December 22, 2014

Writer and producer Leonard Stern was __________ [adv] in need of an adjective, so he asked his friend Roger Price. Before he could tell Price what the subject was, Price threw out… Read More

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