A surprisingly large slice of Jewish cultural treasures is held by private collectors. Jenna Weissman Joselit argues we would all be better off if art and artifacts were publicly accessible.
Music was once a way Jewish denominations distinguished themselves from one another. Now it is breaking down the walls between them, as Jenna Weissman Joselit explains.
The terror attacks in Paris remind Jenna Weissman Joselit of another infamous event in French Jewish history: the Dreyfus affair.
Ari Roth tried to stimulate public conversation at Theater J. His bosses thought he went too far. In its day, the Jewish Conciliation Board might have helped them work it out.
The ordination of America’s first class of Reform rabbis was celebrated with a — yes, you guessed it — ‘trefa banquet.’ Was the non-kosher menu an accident?
Tired of dreary Judaica museum exhibitions? Amy Reichert’s artwork is refreshingly different, as she ‘re-looks’ at familiar ritual objects.
A single 1909 photo of tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge speaks volume about the evolution of the ancient Jewish ritual — and its evolution in the modernity of the New World.
If the documentary ‘Dressing America’ is to be believed, the garment industry is a thing of the past. Jenna Weissman Joselit wonders what that means for the fashion-conscious among us.
Jenna Weissman Joselit never paid much attention to photographs of relatives in uniforms until a more recent picture appeared on the mantle. That one was taken near Gaza.
Charm bracelets were beloved by everyone from Mamie Eisenhower to Jenna Weissman Joselit’s Aunt Sylvia. They have largely disappeared, but their cultural value lives on.