Arts & Culture


Jill Sobule's Adaptation of 'Yentl' Hews Closely to Isaac Bashevis Singer's Groundbreaking Work

By Lisa Traiger

Barbra Streisand’s version of ‘Yentl’ made a lot of changes to Isaac Bashevis Singer’s inspiring story. Songwriter Jill Sobule’s adaptation hews closer to the original.Read More


Yiddish Tango Is Irresistible Musical Hybrid

By Anthony Weiss

Yiddish tango, the musical genre that packs crowds into the stately courtyard of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is a musical hybrid spanning continents.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of the Beach Boys

By Seth Rogovoy

The tousle-haired Beach Boys are an iconic all-American family band. But the guitar of David Marks, a Jewish neighbor, shaped their distinctive California sound.Read More


A Report From the Jewish Genealogists’ Summer Camp

By David Laskin

This year’s Jewish Genealogical Societies conference took place in Utah because of the Mormon-run Family History Library. David Laskin reports from the peculiar gathering.Read More


A Burning Memory of Utah

By Naomi Zeveloff

When a synagogue in Ogden, Utah was damaged by arson fires, the city’s Jewish community received some unexpected help from its Mormon neighbors.Read More


6 Surprising Facts About Jewish Utah

By Gabe Friedman and Rachel X. Landes

From Anne Frank to Roseanne Barr to Christian supporters of the tribe, here are six facts you didn’t know about Jewish Utah.Read More


The Details Are in the Devil

By Philologos

A European writer recently equated Zionists with Beelzebub, Satan’s right-hand man. Philologos explains the origins of this mysterious biblical character.Read More


When We Marched Together in Selma

By S. L. Wisenberg

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday approaching next spring, a new coalition is bringing together African Americans, Jews and others for progressive change.Read More


A New Literary Take On Soviet-Jewish Immigration

By Yevgeniya Traps

Think the Soviet-Jewish immigration experience has been chronicled to death? Think again: Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s new novel, ‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ feels unexpectedly fresh.Read More


Leaving the Worst of The Holocaust to the Imagination

Playing Holocaust survivors is always a challenge for an actor — but especially so for Isobel Pravda, who plays the role of her grandmother in the off-Broadway production of ‘The Good and the True.’Read More





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