Jenna Weissman Joselit

Keeping the Flame: This Hannukah lamp was among the 6,000 items that Harry G. Friedman donated to the Jewish Museum.

Let Our Judaica Go!

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.

How Synagogue Music Breaks Down Barriers Between Denominations

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.

Je N’Accuse Plus: A scene from the 1931 film ‘Dreyfus’ shows the discovery of the letter which finally proved the innocence of Alfred Dreyfus.

Je Suis Dreyfus

The terror attacks in Paris remind Jenna Weissman Joselit of another infamous event in French Jewish history: the Dreyfus affair.

Controversial Material: ‘Return to Haifa’ was presented at Theater J as part of the ‘Voices From a Changing Middle East’ festival.

What Ari Roth and Theater J Could Have Learned From the Jewish Conciliation Board

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 Great Food Fight of 1883

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?

Joined Together: Artist Amy Reichert uses Jewish ritual objects, like these cups, to explore biblical and talmudic stories.

Amy Reichert’s Art Reinvents Judaica

Tired of dreary Judaica museum exhibitions? Amy Reichert’s artwork is refreshingly different, as she ‘re-looks’ at familiar ritual objects.

Who Is That Veiled Woman? This 1909 photo was taken by the Bain News Service, whose photographers had an eye for the curious and serendipitous.

What Does This Photo of Tashlikh Say About the Evolution of Jewish Life?

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.

Be Frayed. Be Very Frayed: Steve Fischler and Joel Sucher’s documentary, ‘Dressing America,’ revisits New York’s Garment Center.

Is Garment Industry a Relic of Yesteryear?

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.

Decked Out: Irving Weissman (left), pictured with his brother, Bob Weissman, dressed in his wartime sailor’s suit.

How Military Photos Testify to Our Place — in World War II and Gaza

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.

The Charmed Life of Charmed Bracelets

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.