Laura Hodes


'Jews Who Rock' Only Scratches Surface of Fame and Faith

By Laura Hodes

'Jews Who Rock' Only Scratches Surface of Fame and Faith
‘Jews Who Rock’ is a new exhibit that takes a one-size-fits all approach to musicians who are members of the tribe. Too bad it barely scratches the surface of their relationships to Judaism.Read More


Andy Warhol Jewish Show Gets 15 More Minutes of Fame in Milwaukee

By Laura Hodes

Andy Warhol Jewish Show Gets 15 More Minutes of Fame in Milwaukee
Andy Warhol’s ‘10 Portraits of Jews’ was once lambasted by critics. Now, it’s getting a second look — and shedding light on the pop artist’s immigrant roots.Read More


Confessions of a Jewish Halloween Grinch

By Laura Hodes

Confessions of a Jewish Halloween Grinch
At this time of year I feel like a Jewish Halloween Grinch. My children, 4, 8 and 10, are old enough to know that their mother takes no joy in Halloween.Read More


Mourning My Friend and My Dad

By Laura Hodes

Mourning My Friend and My Dad
Last week I attended the funeral of a girl who was my age, 39. Jodi and I grew up together. We lived next door to each other as children, from when I moved into my house right before kindergarten until we left for college. For me she will always be that little girl that I played with for hours on her swing set, trying to break a Guinness Book World record for time spent on a swing. We were inspired by a “Brady Bunch” episode, and we played on the swings until it got dark and our parents called us in.Read More


Artists Launch Sukkah Salon in New York City

By Laura Hodes

Artists Launch Sukkah Salon in New York City
This Sukkot, New York-based artist Danielle Durchslag launched “Assembly Required: A Sukkah Salon” on the terrace of her downtown apartment. The project, which she co-curated with artist Ryan Frank, was so successful that it was extended through September 30, past the actual date of Sukkot. That the Sukkah Salon’s existence outlasted the original lifetime of the holiday is fitting with the project’s exploration of the Sukkah’s restrictions and how they can inspire contemporary art and re-create Jewish ritual for the broader community beyond observant Jews who already observe Sukkot.Read More






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