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This Viennese Writer Ran from Nazis to the Brazilian Jungle

By On May 15, 2017

The Viennese Jewish writer Stefan Zweig wrote about what you might expect a friend of Freud, Herzl, and Richard Strauss to write about: psychoanalysis, Judaism, rage, guilt, and sex. Zweig, who was born… Read More

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A 16th-Century Spanish Jew Wrote This Memoir. Then He Was Burned at the Stake.

By On November 16, 2016

It hasn’t won any literary prizes or received an Oprah endorsement. But a brief autobiographical account by 16th-century Spanish-born Luis de Carvajal the Younger, bound together with other documents written in his… Read More

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Growing Up Gay in a Brooklyn Bra Shop

By On October 4, 2016

Growing up in 1960s Brooklyn, Steven didn’t have many friends his age. Arnie and Irv who worked at the diner called him a fairy. Lily Williams the saleslady said he “would come… Read More

How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Career in Comedy
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How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Comedy Career

By On August 29, 2016

How Jewish is Amy Schumer? Well, for starters, the Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress and writer traces her interest in stand-up comedy to her Long Island bat mitzvah. In her new collection of… Read More

No Longer A Footnote in Her Father's Story, Nadja Spiegelman Publishes a Memoir of Her Own
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Nadja Spiegelman Descended From Three Generations of Tough, Remarkable Women

By On August 22, 2016

“I have always known what it means to be a character in someone else’s story,” writes Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly and legendary Maus graphic novelist Art… Read More

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Watch Madoff’s Hadassah-Lady Lover in the ABC Miniseries

By On May 2, 2016

Madoff, ABC’s 2016 Bernie Madoff miniseries didn’t shy away from one of the cringe-worthiest parts of Madoff’s malevolence: his sordid affair with a Hadassah lady. Sheryl Weinstein was the CFO for the… Read More

The Strange, Heroic Life of Jewish Meatpacking Heiress Muriel Gardiner
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The Strange, Heroic Life of Jewish Meatpacking Heiress Muriel Gardiner

By On January 18, 2016

In the 1920s, if you had lots of money and time, you might have done what Chicago meatpacking heiress Muriel Gardiner did and become a professional rescuer: first run off to Vienna… Read More

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Israel’s Favorite Writer Looks Inward

By On July 10, 2015

Etgar Keret—Israel’s favorite magic realist—is back, and this time with a memoir: The Seven Good Years, his first foray into nonfiction. The memoir spans the seven years between the birth of Keret’s… Read More

Meet the Mystical Mah Jongg Bubbe
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Meet the Mystical Mah Jongg Bubbe

By On June 17, 2015

Karen Gooen is a woman of many talents. She’s been a copy editor, a camp transportation director, a budget analyst, and has spent nearly forty years writing nonfiction. But one thing is… Read More

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The Auschwitz Survivor Behind Haute Couture

By On June 9, 2015

At the age of 14, Martin Greenfield was uprooted from an idyllic Czechoslovakian childhood and deported to Auschwitz, where the notorious Doctor Mengele separated him from his family. One of his first… Read More

Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations
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Adopting a Child, and Letting Go of Expectations

By On January 29, 2015

It’s not easy raising a child, but when Claude Knobler and his wife adopted Nati, a five-year-old Ethiopian boy, they faced some unique challenges. Knobler met Nati, whose parents were dying of… Read More

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Gary Shteyngart Writes a Memoir

By On January 7, 2014

The first half of Gary Shteyngart‘s new memoir, Little Failure, reads like a first-person Colbert Report segment on Russian Jewish refuseniks. The celebrated Russian émigré novelist wastes almost no page space on developing such trifles as plot… Read More