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Why Didn’t British Jews get Rickets?
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Why Didn’t Britain’s Jewish Kids Get Rickets?

By On July 27, 2015

Rickets, a vitamin D deficiency disease that causes children’s bones to soften, was so common in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that doctors were at a loss for… Read More

Georgia's First Jew
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Georgia’s First Jew

By On March 12, 2015

Although it’s hard to believe today, Savannah, Georgia was once nearly one-third Jewish. And the man who got the trend going, a Portuguese Jewish doctor named Samuel Nunes, almost didn’t make it… Read More

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The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

By On February 16, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie… Read More

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When Colonists Thought the Indians Were Lost Jews

By On November 27, 2014

Looking at Jews and Native Americans side by side, you might think there’s no way to mix up the two cultures. Yarmulkes and eagle-feather headdresses look quite different, after all. But some early colonial Americans thought,… Read More

The First Jewish Woman in Congress
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The First Jewish Woman in Congress

By On September 9, 2014

Her tenure might have started when her husband died, but she went on to win re-election five times, and to serve in Congress from 1925 to 1937. Meet Florence Prag Kahn: Republican from California, and the… Read More

The Israeli James Bond
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The Israeli James Bond

By On August 8, 2014

The name’s Cohen, Eli Cohen. Born to Jewish and Zionist parents in 1926, Israel defense was in Cohen’s blood from the start. After being spurned by the Mossad in the late 1950s, the Egyptian-born Cohen… Read More

The Jewish Bubbe of Second-Wave Feminism
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The Jewish Bubbe of Second-Wave Feminism

By On July 16, 2014

You probably think of Betty Friedan as a feminist, activist, or writer, but there was another side to her: progressive Jew. Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein in 1921 in Peoria, Illinois to parents of Russian and Hungarian… Read More

How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews
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How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews

By On July 10, 2014

The name “London Jews’ Society” might conjure up images of proper Brits at a Hadassah meeting, or of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (or maybe of a Fiddler on the Roof/Downton Abbey mash-up).… Read More

Seeking Independence From an Oyster-Filled Marriage?
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Seeking Independence from an Oyster-Filled Marriage?

By On July 4, 2014

So was a Mr. Max Moss of Binghamton, NY when he sought an annulment from his wife on the grounds that she was not sufficiently Orthodox. His claim? She “tried to force him to… Read More

Don't Kick the Redhead!
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A Love Song to the Jewish Redhead

By On May 28, 2014

Whether lionized or demonized, redheads seem to hold an outsize place in the Jewish imagination. Sometimes called “Ginger Jews,” Jewish redheads have inspired a great number of origin stories, including speculation that they… Read More

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The Lesbian Flick Banned by the Nazis

By On March 27, 2014

Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school romp? Answer: Nazis. Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising… Read More

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Dream of Scipio

By On November 19, 2012

When you think of Provence you probably think of the region’s famous French scenery and wine. But when novelist Iain Pears thinks of Provence he thinks of its deep—and often dark—history. His… Read More

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