The Funniest Jewish Broads on Television

By On March 12, 2014

For all the schlemiels who have the chutzpah to suggest that women aren’t funny, we have two words for you: “Broad City.” As in, Broad City, Comedy Central’s new hit show featuring two substance-using, cussing, and schtick-loving… Read More


The Jewish Diva Who Played the Indian Princess

By On March 11, 2014

Gifted with one of those rare, true contralto voices—deep, rich, and haunting—Sophie Braslau was the beautiful daughter of a Russian émigré physician who was ranked with the most celebrated singers of her time. A musical prodigy, she… Read More


What Ever Happened to Italy’s Jews?

By On March 10, 2014

We usually think of historical fiction as storytelling that attempts to simulate the events and atmosphere of the past—but what if historical fiction recreated not the past itself, but the historian’s process… Read More


Shop Purim! Costumes & Kitsch.

By On March 7, 2014

Happy Purim, Jewniverse! We’ve collected some of the best costumes, gifts and general Purim shtick that you could dream of to celebrate the holiday. We hope you enjoy these picks as much as… Read More

Nice Jewish Derby Girls, From Fatal Dreidel to Mayhem Bialik

Nice Jewish Derby Girls, From Fatal Dreidel to Mayhem Bialik

By On March 6, 2014

Ever heard of Fatal Dreidel? She’s a nice Jewish roller derby girl from Oakland, CA. How bout Mega Menace, the Jersey girl lawyer? Or perhaps, Chicagoans, you’re familiar with Matza Ball Breaker? Some of what… Read More

What Does God Pray For?

What Does the Master of the Universe Pray For?

By On March 5, 2014

Humans pray for all kinds of things: food, water, health, a good grade on a spelling test, no more meatloaf for dinner, a kiss from a handsome boy, acceptance into college, finding a… Read More


The Sturgeon Queens of the Lower East Side

By On March 4, 2014

Joel Russ started selling pickled herring from a pushcart on Hester Street in the 1910s, and later made history by naming his three daughters full partners in his burgeoning business. 100 years later, the “sturgeon queens”… Read More


The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind

By On March 3, 2014

We generally think of Yiddish as the language that Jews spoke in the shtetls of Eastern Europe before WWII, and of its surviving speakers as having long-ago resettled across various continents. We don’t tend… Read More

Yisrael Radai

The Israeli Who Put Your Virus Under the Microscope

By On February 28, 2014

Picture a scientist studying viruses. You probably envision someone in a white lab coat staring at vials, working with centrifuges, and peering into microscopes. But what if they are studying computer viruses? Who figures… Read More

The Oldest Holocaust Survivor in the World

The Oldest Holocaust Survivor in the World

By On February 27, 2014

What’s it like to be born twice and have your second life last twice as long as the first? Alice Sommer Herz, the subject of Malcolm Clarke’s Oscar-nominated short documentary The Lady in… Read More

The Prime Time Jewvangelist on a Website Near You

The Prime Time Jewvangelist on a Website Near You

By On February 26, 2014

Rabbi Leah Levy has a problem: no one is showing up for services at her temple. But why? Should she blame the cantor, a wannabe pop star who believes he has “good looks,… Read More

Chana Mlotek

NYC’s Beloved Yiddishe Music Maven

By On February 25, 2014

You never know what treasures lurk within NYC buildings. For many years, just blocks from Manhattan’s Union Square, a woman named Chana Mlotek curated the Yiddish music collection at the vaunted YIVO archives. Born Eleanor… Read More