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White (and Black and Read All Over) Wedding

By Alana Newhouse

White (and Black and Read All Over) Wedding
Forward Arts & Culture contributor Shoshana Olidort spent some quality time with the Forward last month…Read More


A Master Passes

By Alana Newhouse

Painter Joseph Solman died last week at the age of 99. In these pages last fall, Albert Fayngold penned a timely appreciation for this “fabulously gifted yet woefully underappreciated American master.”Read More


N.Y. Magazine Imagines a Warsaw Full of Zaydes, Bagel Innovators

By Alana Newhouse

The normally excellent bloggers over at New York Magazine’s Grub Street reach too quickly for ethnic cutesiness in a post about the everything bagel: “Are we really to believe that the world waited until 1977 for the invention of the everything bagel? Somebody’s zayde in Warsaw is going to be getting a phone call soon.” Not to get too maudlin, but how many American Jews have grandparents still in Warsaw?Read More


When Barbra Gabbed With Golda

By Alana Newhouse

Many of you know that the Forward is privileged to have on staff an archivist of otherworldly talent named Chana Pollack, who has a bloodhound’s ability to find historical treasures. What you might not know, however, is that her mother has some talent in this area as well. Check out this clip of Barbra Streisand talking to Golda Meir over videophone at a concert, courtesy of Phyllis Pollack.Read More


A Living Lens: From Science to Art in Two Generations

By Alana Newhouse

Alana Newhouse, the Forward’s Arts & Culture editor, is touring the country, speaking about her new book, “A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life From the Pages of the Forward.” Read More






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