Maia Efrem


How Do You Cope When a Disease Causes Your Body To Attack its Own Skin

By Maia Efrem

How Do You Cope When a Disease Causes Your Body To Attack its Own Skin
Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own skin. The ailment has a higher incidence among Ashkenazi Jews.Read More


Meet the Last Jewish Waiter — at Katz's Deli

By Maia Efrem

Meet the Last Jewish Waiter — at Katz's Deli
When David Manheim first started working at Katz’s Deli, he was a teenager promoting their delivery service and was paid in sandwiches. When he came back five years ago as a waiter, he knew he wouldn’t leave until he made something to showcase the soul of Katz’s, as he pegs it: “The Empire State Building of the Lower East Side.” This deli will celebrate its 125th year serving up some of the best pastrami in town on June 2nd, and it’s only fitting that it serves some old school Jewish humor with the slaw.Read More


The Last Jewish Waiter at Katz's Deli

By Maia Efrem

The Last Jewish Waiter at Katz's Deli
Seth Meyers may have just been named as the next host of “Late Night” on NBC but we have our eyes on someone a little different. Meet David Manheim, foul-mouthed waiter at iconic Katz’s Deli by day, aspiring TV host by night. Not waiting for kismet to work its magic, Manheim, chronicles his life at the soon-to-be 125 year old deli on his blog “The Last Jewish Waiter.” Only blogging since April 20th, Manheim’s voice is a breath of fresh air in its unapologetic hatred of his job, his mistreatment (or some might say, New York treatment) of his customers and his comedic take on Jews and gentiles alike.Read More


Spicy Kugel Just Isn't Anthony Bourdain's Cup of Tea

By Maia Efrem

Spicy Kugel Just Isn't Anthony Bourdain's Cup of Tea
Anthony Bourdain likes his kugel the way bubbies make it. At least, that’s what he told contestant Jeanette Friedman on the premier of his new competition cooking show “The Taste” when she added jalapeños and adobo spices to the Eastern European Jewish staple. The show premiered this week on ABC with Bourdaine co-hosting with British stunner Nigella Lawson, French chef Ludo Lefebvre and Top Chef Brian Malarkey.Read More


Remembering Our Fallen

By Maia Efrem, Blair Thornburgh, Andrea Palatnik and Seth Berkman

Remembering Our Fallen
Of the 6,500 American service members who have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, 50 called themselves Jews. We profile 13 who died or whose Jewish identity became known this year.Read More






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