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The Rosenberg Kids Are Still Fighting for Their Parents’ Good Name

By On July 3, 2017

64 years after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying for the Soviet Union, their children are still fighting to honor their parents’ name. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were convicted of… Read More

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Was Stalin’s Death a Purim Miracle?

By On March 8, 2017

An evil man rises to power with a grand plan to eliminate the Jews, until a twist of fate—a miracle!—happens, and the evil man dies; the Jews survive. Who was that evil… Read More

The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking
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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking

By On June 2, 2016

Benny Rothman could climb any mountain. And he risked his life fighting for our rights to do the same. Rothman was born to a poor British family in 1911 and became an… Read More

The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA
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The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA

By On June 16, 2015

  Which came first, the chicken or the leftist Jews? Today, Petaluma, California, is known as a sleepy suburb steps away from Sonoma County’s wineries. But in the 1920s and ’30s, it… Read More

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The Only Kosher Butcher in Cuba

By On January 13, 2015

For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years,… Read More

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Everyone Wants to Go to Commie Camp

By On December 12, 2013

In the summer of 2012 conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh labeled Camp Kinderland, “extremist,” pointed to its “Communist roots,” and accused it of indoctrinating children. Comedian Katie Halper, a Kinderland alum, decided there was… Read More

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The Jewish Chinese Revolutionary

By On October 23, 2012

Did you know that during the Chinese Cultural Revolution a Jewish man headed the Chinese Broadcast Administration? The new documentary The Revolutionary (trailer here) explores the fascinating life of Sidney Rittenberg, who went from Southern Jewish gentleman… Read More

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Birdies, Orphans and Fools

By On May 2, 2012

Today, Ephraim Sidon is the chief rabbi of Prague, Czech Republic. In the 1960s, however–known by his birth name, Karel Sidon–he was a playwright and screenwriter, part of Prague’s vibrant avant-garde arts scene. In the 1950s and ’60s, Prague… Read More

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Love and Garbage

By On January 3, 2011

When the Communist Party came to power in Czechoslovakia in 1948, Ivan Klíma was abroad in London. He could have stayed there, but he chose to return to his native Prague, explaining that “most… Read More