Arts & Culture


Is Garment Industry a Relic of Yesteryear?

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

If the documentary ‘Dressing America’ is to be believed, the garment industry is a thing of the past. Jenna Weissman Joselit wonders what that means for the fashion-conscious among us.Read More


3 Jewish Writers Nominated for National Book Awards

By Gabe Friedman

The National Book Award long list of nominees for 2014 were announced Wednesday, and three books by Jewish writers were nominated.Read More


What Berlin Would Have Looked Like If Hitler Won

By Helen Cahill

Adolf Hitler’s utopian plans to rebuild Berlin on a monumental scale were never realized. His master plan included a utopian ‘Germania’ to be built by Jewish slave labor.Read More


A Song of Love and Memory for Leonard Cohen at 80

By Ezra Glinter

Leonard Cohen turns 80 this weekend. Ezra Glinter takes a long look back at the songwriter’s storied career, from the cocky young poet to the old guy in a fedora feeding pigeons in Montreal.Read More


Picturing the Lives of Scottish Jews

By Dan Friedman

Scots and Jews have much in common, including whisky and smoked salmon. But Dan Friedman explains why the ignored others in Britain’s heart find little common ground.Read More


What Does God Really Look Like?

By Liana Finck

As children, we all have different thoughts of what God might look like. Graphic artist Liana Finck found almost no two people have the same image in their mind’s eye.Read More


The Forward Fall Movie Guide

By Gabe Friedman

After comedies and action heroes dominate theaters during the summer, fall is the great comeback season for movies. Here are eight Jewy films to look out for in the coming months.Read More


The Secret Yiddish History of Scotland

By Philologos

As the Scottish independence vote looms, Philologos investigates the origins of Scots Yiddish. Is it a dialect, a language all its own —  or something else entirely?Read More


When Greenville, South Carolina, Had a Jewish Mayor

By Adam Chanes

This is the incredible story of Max Heller from Austria, and how dancing with an American woman in Vienna’s Stadtpark led him to become the mayor of South Carolina’s sixth largest city.Read More


Slaves of Charleston

By Susanna Ashton

How did Mordecai Cohen, a 19th-century Jewish slave owner who is commemorated to this day, become entangled in Charleston’s most brutal trade?Read More


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