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The Jewish Burlesque Dancer Who’s Fat & Proud of It

By On March 13, 2017

What’s a nice Jewish girl from the suburbs of D.C. doing taking her clothes off for money? Living out her childhood dream, and making a powerful, body-positive statement along the way. Fancy… Read More

This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies
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This Jewish Coney Island “Incubator Doctor” Saved Thousands of Premature Babies

By On August 30, 2016

If you were born poor and premature in early 20th-century New York City, your chances for survival were slim. Few American hospitals had incubators, and the mortality rate for preemies was staggering.… Read More

The Penniless Immigrant Behind a Hot Dog Empire
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The Penniless Immigrant Behind a Hot Dog Empire

By On July 17, 2015

Coney Island is famous for its seashores, sideshows, and salty breezes. But, of course, it’s also famous for its hot dogs—Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, that is. You may know it as the… 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

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The True Story of the “Annie Hall” Roller Coaster House

By On September 9, 2013

Remember Alvy Singer? The neurotic, paranoid stand-up comic played by the neurotic, paranoid Woody Allen in Annie Hall? In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Alvy traces his adult neuroses to his having… Read More

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The Shondes: The Coney Island of Rock Bands?

By On December 27, 2012

Coney Island — home of legendary knishes, Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, and that historic roller coaster — is rich with Jewish spirit. A similar thing could be said of the Brooklyn band The Shondes, who so… Read More

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Did a Jew Invent the Hot Dog?

By On July 2, 2012

Where do hot dogs come from? We aren’t asking about what’s inside the super-processed meat–that’s a question for another time–but, rather, where the food developed. Historically, hot dogs are descendents of German meat products like… Read More