Arts & Culture

10 Facts About Jewish California

By Gabe Friedman

California had 1,223,640 Jews in 2012. This is the second highest number of Jews in the country (only behind New York) and 18% of the entire Jewish population in the U.S.Read More

How Iranian Jews Shaped Modern Los Angeles

By Gina Nahai

Gina Nahai explains how a massive influx of Iranian Jews 35 years ago changed Los Angeles forever — and made the Ashkenazi establishment anything but happy.Read More

The Secret Jewish History of ‘Twin Peaks’

By Seth Rogovoy

Cult television classic ‘Twin Peaks’ is returning to the small screen. Who knew the show featured dybbuks and a mysterious Jewish sofa?Read More

How the Birth Control Pill Changed Everything

By Pamela Cytrynbaum

Jonathan Eig usually writes about jocks and gangsters. His latest book is on the creation of the birth control pill, which he insists is more exciting than you might think.Read More

The Spookiest Jewish Museum on the Planet

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum features 5,000 objects celebrating the dead. On Halloween, it also raises a question: Why are so many Jews obsessed with this macabre stuff?Read More

Channeling Freud To Prevent the Next Barry Freundel

By Elie Jesner

Rabbi Barry Freundel probably never sat down in a non-judgmental atmosphere to talk about the sexual dimension of his work. One shrink says all rabbis should do that.Read More

Revival of ‘On the Town’ Goes Forward Into the Past on Broadway

By Jesse Oxfeld

It’s hard get more (delightfully) nostalgic than the musical ‘On the Town.’ Even 70 years later, the musical’s charms translate easily to today’s Broadway stage, Jesse Oxfeld writes.Read More

Utopian Dream of Israel Dies in 'Salt of the Earth'

By Joshua Furst

‘Salt of the Earth,’ a puppet production at BAM, is a brave piece of political theater, Joshua Furst writes. It tells the story of the death of Israeli idealism.Read More

Stunning New Louvre of Jewish Museums Opens in Warsaw

By A.J. Goldmann

Replete with poignant history, shimmering multimedia, and interactive features, Warsaw’s just-opened Jewish museum is like a stunning Louvre of our own, A.J. Goldmann writes.Read More

Childhood Beliefs

By Liana Finck

Liana Finck asks a very intimate question: What were your childhood beliefs? The answers are enlightening.Read More

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