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The Jew Who Changed the Bagel Game Forever

By On October 20, 2016

When it comes to bagels, it’s a given that an old-school handmade bagel is going to taste way better than a mass-produced one bought at a supermarket. But rolling and shaping the… Read More

The Bagel Maker’s Union of the Lower East Side

The Bagel Bakers Union of the Lower East Side

By On October 23, 2015

A snapshot of turn-of-the-century Lower East Side reveals Jewish greenhorns peddling, hawking, and bargaining in Yiddish. There are meat and fish carts, vegetables, tailors, artists, and theater-troupes. And, of course, there are… Read More


The Battle of the Montreal Bagel

By On November 14, 2013

If you think of New York as the North American bagel capital, chances are you’re not Canadian. Among Canadians, anyway, Montreal is renowned for a bagel of its own: small, sweet and available piping-hot… Read More


The Yummiest Things in the Jewniverse

By On August 27, 2012

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… Read More


Bagels and Lox, Russian Style

By On December 13, 2011

When Jewish immigrants left the Soviet Union and arrived in North America, they experienced huge culture shock. The way Vlada Bilyak tells it in her new documentary, much of her own cultural confusion came from the way… Read More


Bagel Fever

By On November 16, 2011

The bagel has long been a basic codifier of Askenazic Jewish identity. The hip-hop parody group 2 Live Jews, in their anthem of Jewish identification “Shake Your Tuchus,” said, “If you don’t know what a bagel… Read More

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