Arts & Culture


How Shulem Deen Lost Everything and Found Himself

By Frimet Goldberger

Losing one’s faith can be excruciatingly painful and lonely. Shulem Deen narrates his grim passage from faith to doubt in his riveting new memoir, ‘All Who Go Do Not Return.’Read More


Lisette Garcia, a Freedom Fighter for Information

By Philip Eil

Activist Lisette Garcia has filed thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests. Here she opens up on the similarities between requesting records and preparing for Passover.Read More


The True Story of Harry Houdini's Tefillin

By Joshua Spivak

On Harry Houdini’s birthday, we take a trip to the newspaper archives of 1926 to uncover some forgotten information about the magician’s Jewish practices.Read More


The Latin Lothario Who Wasn’t (But He Was Jewish)

By Colette Shade

Ricardo Cortez played ‘Latin lover’ types during Hollywood’s golden age. The author, his distant cousin, goes on a journey to understand the life of the guy born Jacob Krantz.Read More


Europe Anti-Semitism Literally Carved in Stone

By Toni L. Kamins

In a time when literacy was uncommon, these images were the political cartoons and posters of the age, and the ridicule and carnage they promoted was both routine and government sanctioned. What’s more, most remain visible if you know where to look. Below are some of the most common ones.Read More


I Survived Teaching Jewish Studies in North Carolina

By Jarrod Tanny

What’s it like to teach Jewish history in Wilmington, North Carolina, a sweltering Bible Belt town? Jarrod Tanny offers a few unexpected vignettes from a clash of cultures.Read More


Maybe All Happy Short Story Collections Aren’t Alike

By Yevgeniya Traps

‘All happy families are alike,’ Tolstoy famously said. Wrong, according to Yasmin Reza’s new novel ‘Happy Are the Happy’ — because no family is happy.Read More


The Rocky Rise of J Street

By Liam Hoare

J Street has shifted the debate about what it means to be pro-Israel. Now a new documentary chronicles the dovish group’s uneven rise to prominence.Read More


Of Howard Cosell, Cecil De Mille and 10 Other Jewish Facts About North Carolina

By Forward Staff

Ever since a Jewish metallurgist set foot in North Carolina in 1585, the Tar Heel state has been home to a diverse community. And it’s got the annual Kosher Barbecue Competition.Read More


Madeleine Kunin Never Felt Anti-Semitism in Vermont — but Switzerland Was Different Story

By Madeleine May Kunin

When Madeleine Kunin was elected the first female governor of Vermont, few cared she was Jewish. It wasn’t so simple when she became ambassador to Switzerland.Read More


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