Arts & Culture


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


11 Facts About Jewish South Carolina

By Gabe Friedman

11 facts about Jewish South CarolinaRead 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


The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France

By Benjamin Ivry

From actress Sylvia Bataille to classicist Jacqueline de Romilly, a new book recounts the fascinating lives of 110 French Jewish women who shaped their country — or were shaped by it.Read More


How Ruth Calderon Transforms Israeli Politics — and Talmud

By Jay Michaelson

Following Ruth Calderons unexpected Knesset win comes a surprising new book — including some of the same Talmud tales that made her inaugural speech go viral.Read More


How Steven Pinker Became the Anti-Maven of Language

By Ben Yagoda

Harvard professor Steven Pinker didn’t coin ‘language maven,’ but he did more than anyone else to popularize the term. His new book brings Strunk and White into the 21st century.Read More


The Spy Who Came In From Hamas

By Anna Goldenberg

An unusually timely and captivating documentary, ‘The Green Prince,’ tells of a Hamas leader’s son who came to spy for Shin Bet. Anna Goldenberg sits down with the film’s director and star.Read More


Irgun Fighter Remembers the Altalena

By David Laskin

As a Jew-versus-Jew battle raged on Israel’s shore in 1948, former Irgun foot soldier Malca Fein fought through the thick of it — and found the love of her life.Read More


7 Facts About Jewish Tennessee

By Rachel X. Landes

Owner of the New York Times, Dinah Shore, and Other Jews From TennesseeRead More


How Elvis Presley Missed His True Calling — As a Cantor

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

Elvis famously never learned to read music. But according to his former Jewish neighbors, he did benefit from early exposure to the masters — of cantorial music.Read More


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