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Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past

By On September 26, 2016

In the summer of 1930, a Viennese Jewish immigrant named Max Fleischer created an anthropomorphized poodle named Betty Boop. The pooch waited tables and sang in a cartoon called “Dizzy Dishes.” But… Read More

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How One Greek Woman is Exposing Golden Dawn’s Neo-Nazi and Fascist Beliefs

By On March 1, 2016

Five years ago, when journalist and filmmaker Angélique Kourounis began trailing Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, it wasn’t simply because she wanted to expose the political organization’s neo-Nazi and fascist beliefs—they do… Read More

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The Fascinating Yiddish Origins of “Death of a Salesman”

By On October 22, 2015

Linda Loman’s famous speech in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman demands that “attention must be paid” to a man like her husband Willy. In the New Yiddish Rep’s new staging of… Read More

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A New York City Anarchist Named Emma

By On September 11, 2014

A far cry from mallrats sporting Che Guevara t-shirts and pocket manifestos, Emma Goldman was the real deal: anarchist, lecturer, writer, and all around intellectual instigator. Born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1869 to an Orthodox family,… Read More

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Tijuana, Mexico’s Border-Crossing Jewish Kids

By On May 19, 2014

You might think a New York City family is making a sacrifice by renting a second apartment so their child can attend a high-ranking public school school—but try driving your kid across the U.S.-Mexico border… Read More

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The Jewish Woman Who Invented the Modern Bra

By On February 14, 2014

In the 1950s and 60s, Maidenform ran a series of ads with the slogan, “I dreamed.” In one, a woman “won the election in my Maidenform bra.” In another, a woman “opened the World Series in my Maidenform… Read More

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A Post-Soviet Jewish Coffee Chain – in Colorado

By On January 24, 2014

“Flavor as big as Russia!” So proclaims one ad for Dazbog, Denver’s most peculiar chain of independent coffee shops. Dazbog Coffee (a phonetic spelling of the Russian dast bog kofe—”May God provide coffee”) is the… Read More

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The Lost Jewish Tribe of China

By On January 8, 2014

On the southern bank of the Yellow River lies Kaifeng, the former capital of the Northern Song Dynasty and an important pit stop along the Silk Road. From the 10th to 12th centuries, innumerable merchants… Read More

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An Undercover Jewess, Uncovered

By On October 22, 2013

Jews have long had their place in every aspect in the movie business—and we mean every aspect. In 1933, Ecstasy, the first film to depict sexual intercourse and the female orgasm—not to mention… Read More

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The Jewish Mail Order Bride

By On August 2, 2012

These days, mail-order brides mostly reside in your spam folder, but in the 1800s, it was a booming industry in the American frontier, and an easy way for women to make it… Read More

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The Subway Violinist

By On April 20, 2012

The violinist Philipe Quint was a child genius. At the age of 9, he was a featured performer with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra. Later, he became a refusenik, and was finally allowed to leave… Read More

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Great Jewish Bloggers of the 1920s

By On February 9, 2012

Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark… Read More

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