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Exclusive Trailer for a Fabulous New Zionism Documentary

By On December 16, 2015

Was Zionism a lifesaving ideology, or is it a form of colonialism, “oppressive because it is exclusive”? A wide range of Israelis and Palestinians ask versions of this question in what should… Read More

Nina Simone Sings Milk & Honey

When Nina Simone Sang a Zionist Standard

By On February 19, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Taken… Read More

Einstein and Weizmann Take America

Einstein and Weizmann Take America

By On January 21, 2015

After publishing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became a global Jewish superstar. In 1921, bothered by an increasingly anti-Semitic Germany, he followed future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann to the U.S. to… Read More


The Controversial Israeli Poet Who Was Almost Overlooked

By On November 24, 2014

“…by the power of my yearnings/ I am in the family./ And if I will not yearn,/ I am not in the family.” So wrote Avot Yeshurun (1904-1992), an Israeli poet who… Read More

Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

Israel to Jews: This is Where the AEPi Party Never Ends

By On September 16, 2014

“Bible games! Fruit juice! Put those years of Hebrew school to use!” chants an exuberant new YouTube short. It aims to convince young, pasty-skinned, dissatisfied American Jewish dudes, through bright colors, tongue-in-cheek humor,… Read More


Looking for Zion in All the Wrong Places

By On March 14, 2013

Emily Raboteau’s insightful new memoir, Searching for Zion, begins with a memory of her father, a black Princeton professor, describing blacks’ and Jews’ similarities to her childhood best friend, Tamar: “When we sang freedom… Read More


When the Comic Stops Laughing

By On July 18, 2012

Israel Zangwill (1864-1929) was a British humorist, a writer, and an early Zionist activist. He eventually left the Zionist movement in order to lead a movement called Territorialism, which called for a homeland for the Jewish… Read More


H.G. Wells vs. the Jews

By On July 11, 2012

Today, H.G. Wells (1866-1946) is primarily known for his science fiction novels Invisible Man and War of the Worlds. For the majority of his career, however, Wells regarded himself as a political and social theorist, writing books… Read More


An American Childhood in Egypt

By On June 1, 2012

Sipping from the Nile, a new memoir, tells the story of Jean Naggar, who is now a New York literary agent. A fourth-generation Egyptian, both Naggar’s parents came from prominent Sephardic Jewish families. Life in… Read More


Rakhmones afn Tayvl

By On May 14, 2012

“Ich bin un Mentsch mit chutzpah und gelt,” sings Daniel Kahn in a raspy, Tom Waits-like Yiddish in the song “Rakhmones afn Tayvl.” He might be the first to sing this sentence in that particular language. Translate… Read More


A Jewish Homeland in Germany?

By On April 23, 2012

Lately, it seems like everybody’s a fan of the idea of a Jewish state…and nobody’s a fan of the State of Israel. First, Michael Chabon‘s novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, a sort of post-Zionist fantasy, moved the… Read More


Why Isn’t Israel in Madagascar?

By On January 3, 2012

The location of the modern State of Israel–that is, in the same region that the biblical Israelites called home–seems sensible enough. But in fact even Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, was open to setting… Read More

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