Jewniverse’s Name was Changed at Ellis Island to June Verse

September 3, 2012
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Check out some of our favorite stories of Jewish immigration. Home On the Range—A mail order bride from Russia comes to live on the American frontier. Ragtime—the novel features a surprising and sad story of Jewish immigration. Last of the Red Hot Mamas—vaudeville star, straight from Ukraine. Sniper, Survivor, Sex…

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Barukh Ata Jewniverse

August 31, 2012
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Check out these great examples of the wild world of Jewish prayers and blessings. Did you know that Judaism has blessings for everything, from a rainbow to a trip to the bathroom? Everybody Poops—And there a blessing for it, too. Shema for Deaf People—How can you hear O Israel if…

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All About Anne

August 30, 2012
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 If you read The Diary of Anne Frank in high school you might think you know her whole story, but check out these Jewniverses that explore Anne Frank’s life in new and unusual ways. Disney’s Anne Frank—What if Anne’s diary was made into a schmaltzy animated film? The Other Anne…

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At the Movies with Jewniverse

August 29, 2012
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We suggest you spend some time at the movies—don’t worry, we have plenty of recommendations! A documentary about the meaning of life—You’ve always wanted to know… A library of Israeli films is available online-Watch now! Scarface was a Jew—Who knew? Romeo and Juliet in the shtetl—A tale of meshuggeneh lovers.

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The Secret Underbelly of the Shtetl

August 28, 2012
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We suggest you spend some time exploring the secret history (and seedy underbelly) of the shtetl. It’s weirder than you think, we promise. Love in the shtetl—An animated short film about loving and leaving shtetl life. Talk of the shtetl—When hip hop comes to our small town. Dragons, Robots and…

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The Yummiest Things in the Jewniverse

August 27, 2012
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The Jewniverse is a yummy place, so grab a fork and btayavon! Pork Memoirs—Tales of a complicated meat. A Brief History of Gefilte Fish—How do you know a gefilte fish when you see one swimming in the ocean? It has a carrot on its head! A Challah for All Seasons—Julie Seltzer…

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Escaping the Holocaust in the Circus

August 24, 2012
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In Europe, circuses used to travel across national borders, spending weeks moving through forests and little-used trails, and then set up shop in small villages. During the direst parts of World War II, villagers would flock to see the circus–especially in Germany. “Even during the Third Reich, a traveling circus meant…

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Fat Rabbis

August 23, 2012
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How fat can a fat rabbi be? The Babylonian Talmud (Baba Metzia 84a) reports that when Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Elazar met, “an ox could walk between them [under the arch formed by their bellies] and not touch them.” That, dear readers, is fat. The story continues with a woman making a certain remark, insinuating…

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How dirty can you get (in Hebrew)?

August 22, 2012
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There’s something about the comedy hip-hop group The Lonely Island that screams Jewish. The group is an assemblage of three comedians who’ve made videos together since junior high school, and eventually became regular features on Saturday Night Live. Two of them, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg, are Jewish (Jorma Taccone is not). No doubt the…

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Frank Sinatra in Israel

August 21, 2012
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What does a nice Italian Catholic boy have to do with Israel? For Frank Sinatra, a sincere appreciation of the Jewish people led to a lifelong advocacy for the Jewish state. In the film Frank Sinatra in Israel, from 1962, Sinatra narrates his tour of Israel, including live footage from his concert at Tel…

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Mitzvah Tantz

August 20, 2012
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The mitzvah tantz is one of  Hasidic Judaism’s most bizarre rituals. It takes place at weddings, when the leading members of a community–a prominent rabbi or the bride’s new father-in-law, or both–dance before her. According to the Talmud, it’s considered a great honor to entertain a new bride–and, specifically, to dance for her–during her wedding. In a…

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Man Ray

August 17, 2012
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If you think you know what Man Ray’s artworks symbolize, you’re probably wrong. A member of the Surrealist and Dadaist movements, Man Ray (1890-1976) was a proponent of art for art’s sake–he intended his work to be appreciated on its own merits, without reading in any meaning. Man Ray was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in…

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