Elyssa Goodman


Looking for Kabbalah at a Rangers Game

By Elyssa Goodman

Looking for Kabbalah at a Rangers Game
“I was going through a quote-unquote midlife crisis to some extent,” says documentary filmmaker Steven Bram, whose spiritual journey is the focus of new documentary “Kabbalah Me,” which he co-directed. A series of traumatic events, among them losing his brother-in-law on 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008-2009, caused Bram, a born-and-bred New Yorker who runs a sports film production company, to have some seemingly unanswerable existential questions. “I kept asking, is there more to life than just going through the motions?”Read More


Barbra Streisand, ‘Funny Girl’ and Me

By Elyssa Goodman

Barbra Streisand, ‘Funny Girl’ and Me
“I watch this movie maybe once every two weeks,” my friend Jamie said to me, giggling, as we found our seats for a screening of “Funny Girl.” The Museum of Jewish Heritage was screening the film as a part of their ongoing “Hello, Gorgeous!” Film Festival, in which they’re showing a different Barbra Streisand movie for free every week during the summer. She was so excited to see Barbra on the big screen.Read More


All About 5 Jewish Drag Queens

By Elyssa Goodman

All About 5 Jewish Drag Queens
There is no shortage of Jewish contributions to the arts, even in the world of drag. Drag dates back to the days of Shakespeare, if not before, when women were not allowed to perform onstage and men would appear on their behalf in drag, or “dressed as girl.”Read More


Meet Jinkx Monsoon, the Narcoleptic Jewish Drag Queen

By Elyssa Goodman

Meet Jinkx Monsoon, the Narcoleptic Jewish Drag Queen
Jerick Hoffer found out that he has Jewish heritage when he was 18. When he created his drag queen character, Jinkx Monsoon, he was inspired to give her a Jewish identity.Read More


Jayson Littman, 'Mayor' of Gay Jewish Party Scene, Was Once Yeshiva Boy

By Elyssa Goodman

Jayson Littman, 'Mayor' of Gay Jewish Party Scene, Was Once Yeshiva Boy
Jayson Littman created He’bro after he realized that there were few social outlets for gay Jews. Today, he packs the house with attractions like a Hanukkah ‘Man-orah’ of male dancers.Read More



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