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The Jewish Woman Behind Celebrity American Dolls

By On May 24, 2017

These days, the true test of a celebrity’s, well, celebrity, rests with hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live or perhaps in coming out with a signature athleisure line (here’s looking at you, Beyoncé).… Read More

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America’s Favorite Toy Was Created to Forge Middle East Peace

By On May 11, 2017

If you’ve spent any time with America’s children lately, you know about the “fidget spinner” craze. What might surprise you is that these spinning doodads were created by an American mom after a… Read More

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The Jewish Astronomer Behind Vasco da Gama’s Maiden Voyage

By On April 28, 2017

Want a moon crater named after you? Easy: just follow Abraham ben Samuel Zacuto’s lead. Zacuto, born in Salamanca, Spain in 1452, was a Sephardic astronomer, mathematician, rabbi, and historian who dominated… Read More

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Hot Pockets Were Invented by These Iranian Jewish Brothers

By On March 17, 2017

The American dream is microwaveable. At least it was for Paul and David Merage (formerly Meraj), the Jewish Iranian immigrant brothers behind America’s favorite savory drunk snack, the Hot Pocket. The brothers… Read More

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How One Toy Inventor Bluffed His Way Through the Holocaust

By On February 1, 2017

Henry Orenstein is a tinkerer. That’s how the 93-year-old Holocaust survivor has come up with some of the most genius inventions in toy history: Suzy Homemaker, Johnny Lightning, a “hole card” camera… Read More

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The Israeli Artist Behind Those Inflatable Dancing Guys

By On January 31, 2017

You know those tube-shaped inflatable guys that dance around all wacky, with a convulsing body and waving arms? They’ve become omnipresent in the urban landscape, from used car lots to pawn shops.… Read More

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If You Blow-Dry Your Hair, You Have This Jewish Woman to Thank

By On December 22, 2016

If you’ve ever wondered why hood dryers—those domed head prisons so ubiquitous in women’s hairdresser shops throughout much of the ’50s and ’60s—aren’t so common anymore, you can look to Rose Evansky,… Read More

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The Jew Who Changed the Bagel Game Forever

By On October 20, 2016

When it comes to bagels, it’s a given that an old-school handmade bagel is going to taste way better than a mass-produced one bought at a supermarket. But rolling and shaping the… 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 Colorado Foodie Putting the "Pot" into Pot-zah Balls
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The Colorado Foodie Who’s Putting the Smoke in Smoked Salmon

By On April 20, 2016

The wise child, the wicked child, the simple child, and the child too stoned to ask? Yes, this Passover, you may hear a lot more giggling around the seder, especially if you’re… Read More

You Benefit From This Austrian Refugee's Inventions; Now Learn His Name
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The Austrian Jewish Refugee With Over 650 Patents to His Name

By On April 18, 2016

The prodigy is an almost mythical character: a person who, from an impossibly young age, shows mastery in areas that would take others a lifetime to achieve. The Inventor’s Dilemma: The Remarkable… Read More

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Girl Holocaust Survivor Becomes Hi-Tech Hero

By On October 14, 2015

In 1939, a little girl named Vera Buchthal said goodbye to her parents as they got her on the kindertransport to England. In 2000, she was named Dame Stephanie Shirley – aka… Read More