Arts & Culture

How Sy Berger Invented the Baseball Card

By James Sullivan

Prized baseball cards are valued at thousands of dollars. For that we can thank Sy Berger, the son of a Lower East Side furrier who created the industry, James Sullivan writes.Read More

How an Okie Named Woody Guthrie Became Our Best Hanukkah Tunesmith

By Thomas Conner

An unlikely person is the mastermind behind several beloved Hanukkah songs: folk music icon Woody Guthrie, who was born and raised in Oklahoma.Read More

The Great Food Fight of 1883

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

The ordination of America’s first class of Reform rabbis was celebrated with a — yes, you guessed it — ‘trefa banquet.’ Was the non-kosher menu an accident?Read More

Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

A Holocaust parable? A celebration of polyglot Brooklyn? Josh Nathan-Kazis might be overthinking Daniel and Jill Pinkwater’s new picture book — but it’s worth reading anyway.Read More

I Spent 18 Hours In Tel Aviv's Bus Station

By Naomi Zeveloff

For many, Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station is a reviled symbol of decay. In 18 hours, Naomi Zeveloff found a metaphor for everything bad about Israel —  and good, too.Read More

Learning To Wear Shlomo Carlebach's Vest

By Josh Nelson

For Josh Nelson, playing Shlomo Carlebach in a production of ‘Soul Doctor’ has been a life-changing experience. He explains what it means to play a spiritual icon.Read More

Of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and 11 Other Facts About Jewish Oklahoma

By Forward Staff

From Oklahoma’s first vaudeville house to the use of the expression ‘Jew me down,’ here are 12 surprisingly Jewish things about the Sooner State.Read More

Judith Mergui Finds Funny Side of Sephardic French Exodus to Israel

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Judith Mergui is part of a new generation of French immigrants to Israel. She’s returning to her homeland — and creating quite a buzz with her cross-cultural mashup.Read More

'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

By Hillel Kuttler

Some of the most popular Christmas tunes were written and/or sung by American Jews, notably the children of immigrants, like Irving Berlin, who composed the iconic ‘White Christmas.’Read More

Everything He Wanted To Know About Life Among the Ex-Orthodox

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom thought he might escape the gloom of strife-torn Jerusalem by spending an uplifting evening with those who have left the Orthodox world. Boy, was he wrong.Read More

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