Arts & Culture


Remembering More Than a Century of Bel Kaufman's Rebellious Charm

By Benjamin Ivry

Born Bella Kaufman in 1911, the legendary author of ‘Up the Down Staircase’ and granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem has died at 103.Read More


Ari Goldman Goes From New York Times Journalist To Amateur Cellist

By Anna Goldenberg

When Ari Goldman took up the cello in earnest for his 60th birthday party, he learnt that being a late starter meant giving up perfection. It also has a lot in common with Judaism.Read More


Anya Ulinich Makes Her Graphic Debut

By Paul Berger

“You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger had a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel’!Read More


Richard Linklater’s 'Boyhood' Captures the Spirit of the Time

By Jay Michaelson

Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age epic ‘Boyhood’ shows the interplay between sublime moments and the everyday — just like in Jewish esoteric traditions, writes Jay Michaelson.Read More


Avery Corman's Bronx Tale

By Gabe Friedman

The Bronx used to be filled with candy stores, movie theaters, and kids playing stickball. The author of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ offers an ode to a lost New York era in his new memoir.Read More


Woody Allen’s 'Magic in the Moonlight' Will Be Forgotten Soon

By Ezra Glinter

Do rotten people make great art? Maybe. But whatever you think of Woody Allen, his new film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ offers little evidence to back up that theory, Ezra Glinter writes.Read More


Actually, Toto, We Are Still In Kansas

By Sophie Unterman

Mission Hills is a privileged Kansas community complete with choice of country clubs. Sophie Unterman writes about growing up a misfit there in the latest of Our Promised Lands series.Read More


8 Things About Jews In Kansas

By Rachel X. Landes

8 Facts You Might Not Know About Jews In KansasRead More


Why Amos Oz, Israeli Author and Peace Activist, Can't Hide From Rockets of Gaza

By Hody Nemes

Amos Oz —  noted Israeli author and peace activist — is hospitalized and cannot take shelter from Gaza rockets. Fania Oz-Salzberger discusses her father’s disturbing predicament.Read More


Getting Back to the Garden (of Eden)

By Menachem Wecker

Biblical symbols abound in modern culture. The Museum of Biblical Art’s new exhibition shows how contemporary artists represent the Garden of Eden.Read More





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