Arts & Culture

The Amazing Man Who Watched Jewish History Unfold in Maryland

By Laura Moser

His home was the first in Baltimore to have gas lights. He fought in the War of 1812 and got Maryland to pass a ‘Jew Bill.’ Laura Moser revisits the life of Mendes Cohen.Read More

Remembering Elsa Cayat, Slain in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

By Benjamin Ivry

The Charlie Hebdo massacre claimed the life of French Jewish psychoanalyst Elsa Cayat, who wrote a column for the satirical publication. Benjamin Ivry mourns her passing.Read More

Love, Death and Math in Wisconsin

By Larry N. Mayer

The death of a Polish Jewish math genius forms the starting point for ‘The Mathematician’s Shiva.’ Larry N. Mayer explains it’s a rollicking novel about an American immigrant family.Read More

Isaac Bashevis Singer and His 'Harem'

By Ezra Glinter

After firing Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer hired a group of young women to help translate his work into English. A new documentary tells their story.Read More

Why Wisconsin Was a Great State To Grow Up Jewish

By Jack Nusan Porter

Jack Nusan Porter arrived in America in 1946 as a baby son of poor immigrants. In Wisconsin, he found prosperity, tolerance — and a great state to grow up Jewish.Read More

Why Wisconsin Was a Terrible State To Grow Up Jewish

By Joshua Furst

Growing up in close-minded rural Wisconsin, Joshua Furst learned to mark himself as an outsider. He’s glad the cheeseheads are in his rear-view mirror.Read More

What Ari Roth and Theater J Could Have Learned From the Jewish Conciliation Board

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

Ari Roth tried to stimulate public conversation at Theater J. His bosses thought he went too far. In its day, the Jewish Conciliation Board might have helped them work it out.Read More

Sacvan Bercovitch, Acclaimed Scholar and Translator of Sholem Aleichem, Dies at 81

By Benjamin Ivry

Montreal-born Sacvan Bercovitch was raised in a Yiddish-speaking household and went on to become on of our leading cultural historians and translators. Benjamin Ivry remembers the scholar and author of ‘American Jeremiad.’Read More

Jewish Cartoonist Georges Wolinski Among the Dead in Paris Terrorist Attack

By Benjamin Ivry

The terrorist attack in Paris took the life of French-Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski who was the subject of the 2012 memoir ‘George, If You Only Knew.’Read More

When Jewish Colonists Prospected for Utopia in Colorado

By Adam Rovner

Cotopaxi, Colorado, was once a windswept mountain colony dotted with tar paper shacks. This is what happened to it and its Russian Jewish pioneers.Read More

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