When a Russian Mom Starts Online Dating
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A Russian Jewish Mom Turns to the Internet For Dating

By On August 26, 2014

Here is what’s less than stellar about Anya Ulinich‘s graphic novel, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel: The title is confusingly clunky, and certain pages feel overstuffed with text. But that’s it! This lavishly illustrated, imaginative,… Read More

An Unforgettable New Hungarian Film
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An Unforgettable New Hungarian Film

By On August 25, 2014

Hungarian director János Szász’s film, The Notebook, is about World War II, but the only fighting in it isn’t between soldiers—it’s between twin boys whose parents decide to secret them away to their grandmother’s… Read More

Jewniverse Summer Film Picks
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Jewniverse Goes to the Movies

By On August 21, 2014

Rainy summer night? Lazy evening at the beach? Stay-cation at home? Grab some snacks and settle in to a movie. You can watch most of these on Amazon Instant right now. Or… Read More

Jewniverse beach reads
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Jewniverse Beach Reading!

By On August 12, 2014

Check back all week for our top summer reading picks from the archives! Monday’s pick: Shakespeare The Spy, a novel about an Israeli spy named Shakespeare by Joshua Sobol. Nothing else like this. Tuesday’s pick: Half… Read More

The Israeli James Bond
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The Israeli James Bond

By On August 8, 2014

The name’s Cohen, Eli Cohen. Born to Jewish and Zionist parents in 1926, Israel defense was in Cohen’s blood from the start. After being spurned by the Mossad in the late 1950s, the Egyptian-born Cohen… Read More

The Woman Who Turned Boxes Filled With Junk Into Great Art
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The Woman Who Turned Boxes Filled With Junk Into Great Art

By On August 7, 2014

A bunch of scavenged old boards nailed together unevenly, and painted black. It might not sound like much, but that’s the revolutionary artwork of sculptor Louise Nevelson, who emigrated to America from Russia… Read More

An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)
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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

By On August 6, 2014

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How will they ever find love? The old-fashioned way, of course—on a reality TV dating show. Match Made in Heaven followed Haredi singles, their families, and of course… Read More

The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump
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The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump

By On August 5, 2014

Albert Einstein. Alfred Hitchcock. Marilyn Monroe. Salvador Dalí.  These celebrities are just a few of those captured in iconic portraits by Riga-born Jewish photographer Philippe Halsman during his storied career shooting covers for Life magazine throughout the… Read More

Chinese Self-Help Books Teach You to Be Like the Jews
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Chinese Self-Help Books Teach You to Be Like the Jews

By On August 4, 2014

Head to the self-help or business section at a bookstore in China and you’re likely to see books with titles like Learn To Make Money With the Jews, and Jewish People and Business: The Bible of… Read More

The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses
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The Jews Who Carved the Carousel Horses

By On August 1, 2014

There’s nothing like mounting a horse, tossing your head back, and riding off in the California surf. Unless, of course, your horse is handcrafted by Torah ark woodcarvers, and mounted to a pole… Read More

The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From the Shtetls
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The Prostitution Ring That Lured Women From Their Shtetls

By On July 31, 2014

The subject of prostitution is rarely associated with the word “Yiddish.” But from the 1860’s until the cusp of WWII, a powerful sex-trafficking ring operated between the shtetls of Eastern Europe and… 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

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