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Your Bubbe Might Have Studied at These Yiddish Schools

By On May 8, 2017

In 1930s NYC, a young Jewish boy becomes a shoe-shiner and joins a street gang when his father loses his job. Through his various misadventures, he learns that the gang’s life of… Read More

These Three Eagles Left Israel to Go Date in Europe
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These Three Eagles Left Israel to Find Love in Europe

By On July 4, 2016

  The North American Bald Eagle is getting a lot of attention today. But a different kind of eagle made headlines in Israel a few months ago, and today we pay homage… Read More

A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost World
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A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost World

By On December 3, 2014

It’s rare that vacation photos elicit more than a yawn, and it’s certainly unusual to find anything as riveting as the 16mm reel Glenn Kurtz uncovered while sifting through a cardboard box… Read More

Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots
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Young Polish Women Discovering Their Jewish Roots

By On November 12, 2014

All the talk about Jewish cultural revival in Poland has people asking: What’s it like to be Jewish in Poland today? How do young Jews relate to their religion, to Israel, to each other?The Return,… Read More

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Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More

When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Sang Kol Nidre
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When the Hearthrob of the Yiddish Cinema Led Kol Nidre

By On October 3, 2014

If Kol Nidre has never made you shiver with emotion, then you must see the 1940 acclaimed Yiddish film Overture to Glory. Made in New York, the film offers a glimpse at a world—and an art… Read More

The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language
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The Jew Who Invented the Universal Language

By On August 29, 2014

The year was 1879. Stalin was born. The Austro-German Alliance was signed to dissuade Russia from attacking either nation. During the chilling lead-up to the Armenian genocide, Turkey banned Armenian performances in Constantinople (now Istanbul). And amidst… Read More

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Roaming Europe in Search of Yiddish Joy

By On August 14, 2013

To hear some people tell it, you’d think Jewish history was one long calamity: the Spanish Inquisition, the expulsion, pogroms and, of course, the Holocaust. Didn’t European Jews ever smile or sing or enjoy life? Actually,… Read More

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How Do You Say “Cooking Show” in Yiddish?

By On April 24, 2013

Julia Child had her glass of wine, Emeril famously “kicks it up a notch,” and viewers across Britain wish Jamie Oliver actually was a naked chef. Every great cooking show has a hook, and Est… Read More

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Life Before the Nazis

By On January 6, 2012

Eastern Europe in the early years of the 20th century was at a giant crossroads: Technologically advanced, bustling cities in some parts, and in others, peasant villages that were still finding their way out of… Read More