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Steve Buscemi Plays Richard Gere’s Rabbi In This New Film

By On April 18, 2017

One day, a Jewish American fixer named Norman Oppenheimer and played, oddly enough, by Richard Gere, buys a jaded Israeli politician named Micha Eshel a pair of $1000 shoes after seeing him speak at… Read More

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Immigrant Jews Created Preppy High Fashion

By On April 3, 2017

Ever wonder why your grandfather loves that coral-colored polo so? It might be because Jews, as demonstrated by a snappy new video from the fashion magazine Racked, had a hand and a presser-foot in… Read More

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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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The Raunchiest Orthodox Mom Doing Stand-Up

By On February 6, 2017

Stand-up comedian Talia Reese will definitely have a home-cooked meal and a fresh challah on her table next Friday night. But as soon as the sun sets on Saturday, she’ll be onstage performing… Read More

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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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This Holocaust Jacket Sold for $2 at a Yard Sale

By On November 22, 2016

Two dollars won’t even get you a subway ride in NYC today. But for the family of Benzion Peresecki, it helped piece together an incredible story of survival from the Dachau concentration… Read More

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New York’s Yom Kippur Blood Libel of 1928

By On October 10, 2016

  On September 22, 1928, two days before Yom Kippur, four-year-old Barbara Griffiths stepped outside her home in Massena, New York and didn’t return. A search party was formed—which included several Ku… Read More

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Why 100 NY Jews Brought Goats to This Moroccan Village

By On June 27, 2016

  They were quite a sight: 100 Jewish men from Monsey, New York, respectfully clad in traditional Arab clothing, arriving, after 25 miles of traversing tough climes, at a small Berber village… Read More

The Bagel Maker’s Union of the Lower East Side
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The Bagel Bakers Union of the Lower East Side

By On October 23, 2015

A snapshot of turn-of-the-century Lower East Side reveals Jewish greenhorns peddling, hawking, and bargaining in Yiddish. There are meat and fish carts, vegetables, tailors, artists, and theater-troupes. And, of course, there are… Read More

The Penniless Immigrant Behind a Hot Dog Empire
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The Penniless Immigrant Behind a Hot Dog Empire

By On July 17, 2015

Coney Island is famous for its seashores, sideshows, and salty breezes. But, of course, it’s also famous for its hot dogs—Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, that is. You may know it as the… Read More

A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx
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A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx

By On June 11, 2015

  It wasn’t easy growing up in the gang-riddled Bronx of the 60s and 70s, especially for the son of Puerto Rican immigrants—and doubly especially when your family were descendants of Marranos:… Read More

Ethan Hawke's Jewish Piano Teacher
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Meet Ethan Hawke’s Jewish Piano Teacher

By On April 7, 2015

Seymour Bernstein is a musical genius. He is 88 years old and lives in a charmingly cluttered studio apartment in Manhattan, where he teaches piano and sleeps on a pullout couch. This… Read More

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