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Go Down, Moses
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How “Go Down, Moses” Took the Underground Railroad to the Seder Table

By On February 18, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liqIkoIOUwQ Q: What do Passover, Paul Robeson, and one particular episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all have in common? A: This song: The earliest recording of “Go Down Moses” was… Read More

Why Sinatra's Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home
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Why Sinatra’s Body Was Hidden in a Jewish Funeral Home

By On January 19, 2016

Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday (on December 12, 2015) has brought on a flurry of centennial celebrations, books, exhibits and The Sultan of Swoon-inspired concerts. Jack Daniel’s even issued a Sinatra Century blend… Read More

Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia's Other Jews
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Meet the Bal Ej, Ethiopia’s Other Jews

By On January 18, 2016

Americans tend to think of Blacks and Jews as distinct groups: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.; Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner going down South for Freedom Summer. Some… Read More

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Let This Music Video Inspire Your Repentance

By On October 1, 2015

Jewish thought is full of paradoxes. A complicated philosophy is supposed to help us achieve simple faith. We want to get close to the Infinite, but we do it by following tons… Read More

Sweden's Outrageous Jewish '90s Pop Band
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Sweden’s Outrageous ’90s Jewish Dance Band

By On July 1, 2015

It’s fair to say that Swedish dance pop, high camp and bands whose names begin with “A” are pretty snuggly bedfellows. After all, Sweden is responsible for giving us Abba and Ace… Read More

The Jewish Songwriters Behind Elvis’s Jewish Hit Machine
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The Jewish Songwriters Behind the Elvis Presley Hit Machine

By On April 30, 2015

Like Rodgers and Hammerstein before them, Leiber and Stoller were a songwriting duo to the stars. Jerome Leiber and Mike Stoller, both born in 1933 to Jewish families in Baltimore and Long… 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

The Righteous Gentile With The $4 Million Violin
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First He Rescued Jews, Then He Lost His $4 Million Violin

By On June 26, 2014

Founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, rescuer of over 1,000 Jews from Nazi persecution, world-renowned virtuoso violinist. This is a guy we can get behind. Born in Poland in 1882, Bronisław Huberman had an ear… Read More

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Passover with Metallica

By On April 10, 2014

That kid in your math class with greasy hair and the black muscle shirt might not have known it, but Metallica’s 1984 hit “Creeping Death” is inspired by the second half of… Read More

sophie-braslau
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The Jewish Diva Who Played the Indian Princess

By On March 11, 2014

Gifted with one of those rare, true contralto voices—deep, rich, and haunting—Sophie Braslau was the beautiful daughter of a Russian émigré physician who was ranked with the most celebrated singers of her time. A musical prodigy, she… Read More

The Oldest Holocaust Survivor in the World
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The Oldest Holocaust Survivor in the World

By On February 27, 2014

What’s it like to be born twice and have your second life last twice as long as the first? Alice Sommer Herz, the subject of Malcolm Clarke’s Oscar-nominated short documentary The Lady in… Read More

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“All I Want for Thanksgivukkah is Jews” Mariah Carey Parody

By On November 26, 2013

DISCLAIMER: This video is rated MW for Meshugganah Writers, OS for off-key singing, and ES for excessive schmaltziness. Intrigued? With a lot of chutzpah and a little shtick, a group of four… Read More