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What the Yiddish Diary of a 17th-Century German Woman Can Tell Us Today

By On August 3, 2017

The history of women can feel riddled with gaps, especially during times when education was the privilege of men. But one 17th-century Jewish woman, known as Gluckel of Hameln, left us a priceless window… Read More

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In 1901, These Photos of Yemeni Jews Amazed the Western World

By On May 1, 2017

Since the establishment of the State of Israel (69 years ago today!), the vast majority of Yemen’s Jewish population has migrated to the Jewish State. Half a century earlier, a young German… Read More

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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the premiere episode of the current season of HBO’s Girls, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surfer girl Gidget. Yes,… Read More

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The Berlin Group Reviving Yiddish Music Lost in the Holocaust

By On January 27, 2017

The year was 1935, and Willy Rosen – a popular Jewish cabaret singer in Berlin – was performing a fun new song called, “At the Golden Snail Inn,” which he recorded in… Read More

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Marilyn Monroe Was Filmed by This Chutzpahdik German Jew

By On January 18, 2017

  It’s 1954. A young man and woman, dressed to the nines, she in a white cocktail dress, exit a Manhattan movie theater. They pause to chat. She stands over a subway… Read More

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78 Years Ago, Kristallnacht Brought a Country to its Knees

By On November 9, 2016

Seventy-eight years ago, on the night of November 9, millions of citizens of one of the western world’s foremost democracies went to sleep believing that the dark forces of human nature would continue… Read More

The Jew Who Got the Ball Dropping on Times Square
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The Jew Who Got the Ball Dropping on Times Square

By On December 31, 2015

One million people are expected to cram into New York’s Times Square tonight to watch a giant crystal ball descend. One billion people will tune in from all over the world. The… Read More

The Jewish Boy Who Shot the German Diplomat
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The Jewish Boy Who Shot the German Diplomat

By On July 28, 2015

Herschel Grynszpan was­­­n’t yet eighteen when, on November 7, 1938, he took 300 francs from his impoverished uncle, bought a revolver, marched into the German embassy in Paris, and shot German diplomat… Read More

Einstein and Weizmann Take America
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Einstein and Weizmann Take America

By On January 21, 2015

After publishing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became a global Jewish superstar. In 1921, bothered by an increasingly anti-Semitic Germany, he followed future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann to the U.S. to… Read More

LA's First Jew
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L.A.’s First Jew

By On January 6, 2015

There are more than half a million Jews in Los Angeles, making up roughly six percent of the metro area’s population. When did it all begin? Who was the first Angeleno Jew?… Read More

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The German Jewish Director With a Magic Touch

By On December 11, 2014

Like déjà vu, or the uncanny ache of nostalgia, there is something very particular about Ernst Lubitsch‘s films. The Jewish German director was known for many things—for being Hollywood’s most elegant director,… Read More

When Heinrich Heine Wrote a Love Song to Chulent
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When Heinrich Heine Wrote a Love Song to Cholent

By On September 10, 2014

  We all love cholent, that magical slow-cooking stew that’s usually served for Shabbat lunch. It can be made with beans, barley, meat, or whatever you have lying around the kitchen. It’s cross-cultural… Read More