Benjamin Ivry


Was Pope John Paul II Good for the Jews?

By Benjamin Ivry

Was Pope John Paul II Good for the Jews?
When Pope John Paul II was canonized, many recalled his warm relationship with the Jews. But a new book reveals that Saint John Paul the Great’s legacy was not perfect.Read More


How Lauren Bacall Faced and Overcame Anti-Semitism

By Benjamin Ivry

How Lauren Bacall Faced and Overcame Anti-Semitism
Fond memories of Lauren Bacall have been flooding the Internet following her death at age 89. But less has been said about the actress’s long-time battles with anti-Semitism. Benjamin Ivry explains.Read More


Are Michelangelo's Drawings Anti-Semitic?

By Benjamin Ivry

Are Michelangelo's Drawings Anti-Semitic?
Dozens of Jews are depicted on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. They look far less heroic than the sibyls and angels. But does that make the paintings anti-Semitic?Read More


Remembering More Than a Century of Bel Kaufman's Rebellious Charm

By Benjamin Ivry

Remembering More Than a Century of Bel Kaufman's Rebellious Charm
Born Bella Kaufman in 1911, the legendary author of ‘Up the Down Staircase’ and granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem has died at 103.Read More


Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism

By Benjamin Ivry

Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism
Lee Grant is one of the rare Hollywood performers to triumph over the Hollywood blacklist. The Oscar-winning ‘Shampoo’ actress returns with a revealing new memoir.Read More






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