Once upon a time, a conference was a novelty, a big deal. Particularly back in 1855 when Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise issued a call for a national conference of Jewish leaders in Cleveland.
It’s been a while since we heard about Rabbi David Small, the star of the late Harry Kemelman’s mystery series. But our columnist thinks he still has a lot to say about the endurance of the Jewish people.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side of yesteryear conjures up images of inhospitable streets filled with immigrants. But some allowed these new immigrants to feel at home in their New World. Among the most notable do-gooders were Alice and Irene Lewisohn.
Eco-Judaism is all the rage in the Jewish community these days, but it’s not the first time. Jenna Weissman Joselit looks back at the early 20th century and Jewish farms of wonder.
These days, American Jews can vacation wherever they want, but it wasn’t so long ago that that wasn’t the case. Jenna Weissman Joselit looks back on the days of “restricted clientele” and the “Jewish Vacation Guide.”
Weeks after the Confederate flag was taken down in South Carolina, Jenna Weissman Joselit explores whether there are any comparable moments - politically, socially or emotionally - in modern American Jewish history.
Our parents and grandparents had just as much junk as we do. But without Craigslist and other virtual warehouses, they had to be more creative to get rid of their unwanted possessions.
Gottex, the manufacturer of boldly patterned and inventively designed bathing suits, helped put Israeli fashion on the map. Now, the brand is getting its own exhibit at the JCC of Manhattan.
Judaica is so over, was the reaction Jenna Weissman Joselit got for her last column. Not so fast, she argues.
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.