Arts & Culture

Country Roads Took Me Home to West Virginia

By Marc Bailes

What kind of place is West Virginia for an aspiring young Jew? Turns out, for Marc Bailes it was perfect. There, in a shul of 10 people, he found his Jewish identity.Read More

Will Helen Mirren Be Typecast as a Jew?

By Curt Schleier

Meeting Helen Mirren almost feels like an audience with the Queen. But after playing two Jewish roles, the award-winner admits wondering if she might actually be a member of the Tribe.Read More

Nicole Eisenman Is an Artist With a Lot on Her 'Seder' Plate

By Aruna D’Souza

Artist Nicole Eisenman opens up about how she depicts her own family around the Passover Seder table in a new Jewish Museum exhibit.Read More

'Mr. Kaplan' Explores Uruguay's Nazi Past Through Comedy

By Andrew Lapin

‘Mr. Kaplan’ is a dark comedy about the travails of an elderly Uruguayan Jew. Can it succeed in showing the funny side of a South American nation that served as a haven for some Nazis?Read More

The Joy of Gene Saks

By Benjamin Ivry

Gene Saks, director of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and countless other plays, has died at 93. Ben Ivry remembers Saks’s reputation as a creative artist and a Jewish thinker.Read More

On Alexandre, the Greatest Jewish Composer You've Never Heard of

By Allan M. Jalon

Rediscovering composers whose lives were destroyed by the Holocaust or eclipsed by World War II is all the rage these days. So, next on: Alexandre Tansman.Read More

Some of Abe Lincoln's Best Friends Were Jewish. Honestly.

By Julia M. Klein

As far as we know, Abraham Lincoln never said, ‘Some of my best friends are Jewish.’ But he certainly could have, as a landmark new book from Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell reveals.Read More

Chasing ‘The Messiah’ and Bruno Schulz's Long-Lost Novel

By Niles Elliot Goldstein

A restless rabbinical student in Jerusalem, Niles Elliot Goldstein, became obsessed with the art of Bruno Schulz, who was killed by the Nazis. What happened to his biggest project, ‘The Messiah’?Read More

14 Facts About Jewish West Virginia

By Marc Bailes

Did you know that the Shoney’s restaurant chain was started by a West Virginian Jew? Here are eleven other things you might not know about the Mountain State.Read More

Why David Greenspan Is Easy To Admire But Hard To Like

By Joshua Furst

Flamboyant. Reptilian. Cerebral. These are some of the words that describe actor/playwright David Greenspan. But likable? Not always. Contributing editor Joshua Furst explains.Read More

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