Arts & Culture


Lauren Bacall's 7 Greatest Moments

By Adam Langer

From Humphrey Bogart’s sparring partner to the grand-dame of Hollywood cinema, Lauren Bacall’s career spanned generations in film and theater. These are 7 of her finest moments.Read More


The Unbearable Sadness of Being Robin Williams

By Joshua Furst

Robin Williams’s serious performances often packaged as hopeful and affirming the human spirit. But critic Joshua Furst saw something much darker in the late artist’s work.Read More


A Peach of a Synagogue

By Lauren Davidson

You might not think of a nearly 300-year-old Sephardic synagogue as the top tourist destination in a state. Unless you’re talking about Georgia and Savannah’s Mickve Israel, that is.Read More


10 Facts About Georgia Jews

By Adam Chanes and Gabe Friedman

Georgia has claim to the first Jewish governor and one of the country’s largest Jewish film festivals.Read More


How and Why We Mourn Robin Williams

By Adam Langer

In films by Paul Mazursky and Woody Allen and on TV as Mork, Robin Williams embodied a quintessential outsider’s perspective. Adam Langer recalls the legacy of the late comedian.Read More


Uniting Jewish Heritage Sites Across Czech Republic

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

No Jews have lived in Nova Cerekev since the Holocaust. But driving into the nondescript little town 80 miles from Prague, you still can’t miss the synagogue.Read More


How Roman Polanski and Jonathan Demme Blur the Line Between Fiction and Reality

By Ezra Glinter

‘Venus in Fur’ and ‘A Master Builder’ are two new movies that evoke a strange magic: Both blur the line between fantasy and reality, and both are about the art of acting, writes Ezra Glinter.Read More


Why Tom Rachman Imagines the Child in the Corner

By Anna Goldenberg

Tom Rachman has long had a weakness for Yiddish humor. The bestselling author also reveals what happens when he feels like Tolstoy — and how it inspired his new novel.Read More


How Military Photos Testify to Our Place — in World War II and Gaza

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit never paid much attention to photographs of relatives in uniforms until a more recent picture appeared on the mantle. That one was taken near Gaza.Read More


Portland’s Jews Celebrate Century of Sephardic Heritage

By Martin Rosenberg

They came from a collapsing Ottoman Empire and wound up in verdant Oregon. Sephardic Jews built a small community that in some ways replicated the Mediterranean life they left behind.Read More





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