Arts & Culture

She's Living in Her Own Private (Jewish) Idaho

By Judy Sobeloff

When Judy Sobeloff and her family moved to Idaho, friends made obvious jokes about neo-Nazis. But the Potato State turned out to be a surprisingly welcoming place for Jews.Read More

Some of Martin Amis's Best Friends Are Jews. Really.

By Yevgeniya Traps

Martin Amis’s publishers in Europe cited ‘lack of literary merit’ for dumping his new Holocaust novel. But Yevgeniya Traps writes that’s not the real problem with ‘The Zone of Interest.’Read More

69 Years After the War, an Artist Makes Another Debut

By Jordan Moss

In 1945, army veteran Jay Moss made his first appearance in this publication. Now, the 91-year-old artist makes his second appearance  — this time as a sculptor.Read More

Could Spoken Language Be the Key to Unification?

By Philologos

What if Israel wasn’t a Jewish state but a Hebrew state? Having one common language might help forge one Israeli identity — but not without some problems.Read More

Physicists of Two Masters

By Julia M. Klein

When Nazis removed Jewish scientists from their posts, Nobel Prize winners Werner Heisenberg and Max Planck did little to defend their colleagues. A new book asks why.Read More

Jew on a Hot Tin Roof

By Benjamin Ivry

There’s more Yiddishkeit to Tennessee Williams than one might think of the famous playwright. Here’s Benjamin Ivry on Williams’ encounter with Jewishness and anti-Semitism.Read More

A Monument to the World Before the Holocaust

By Anya Ulinich

Six hours of video footage showing Jewish life in Poland before the war is on display at the Museum of the City of New York — a beautiful and heartbreaking experience.Read More

The Voodoo That Jews Do

By Sigal Samuel and Anne Cohen

The Tree of Life, the lost books of Moses and a healthy dose of neurosis — Judaism or Louisiana voodoo? We travel to New Orleans to find the secret connections between the faiths.Read More

Vienna’s Catskills

By Seth Berkman

European Jews once vacationed at majestic resorts in the Austrian Alps. Many of these hotels are now deteriorating — but one Austrian artist is trying to change all that.Read More

Looking for S. An-sky’s Papers, I Found Historical Gems Lost to Decay

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

Amie Ferris-Rotman traveled to Kiev searching for S. An-sky’s papers. What she found was crumbling evidence of Jews at the cultural heart of the Russian Empire.Read More

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