Elyssa Goodman


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


Seeing Beauty in 'Making Trouble'

By Elyssa Goodman

Seeing Beauty in 'Making Trouble'
By fourth grade, I was already a troublemaker — taking on any boy who dared to challenge, in the classroom or on the playground, girls’ equality or worth. I learned from the best of the troublemakers, women who refused to take no for an answer when going after what they want: my mother and my grandmother. And from iconic feminists like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin.Read More






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