Arts & Culture

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

Meet Lyla Black, America's Youngest Jewish Toymaker

By Maria Smilios

Lyla Black of Queens just wanted her father to sleep without being afraid. So she created the Lyla Tov monster. For which she won a major award. At age 8.Read More

Bess Myerson, the Bronx Beauty Who Refused To Change Her Name

By Benjamin Ivry

Bess Myerson was a Bronx beauty and so much more. She made her mark by winning the Miss America pageant— and famously refusing to change her name to something less Jewish.Read More

'Selma' Distorts History by Airbrushing Out Jewish Contributions to Civil Rights

By Leida Snow

‘Selma’ has already come under fire for its portrayal of Lyndon Johnson. The acclaimed film also leaves out Jewish contributions to the civil rights struggle, Leida Snow writes.Read More

An Autobiography in 19 Bob Dylan Concerts

By Adam Langer

Can you tell someone’s life stories through the concerts they’ve seen? Adam Langer recounts four decades of his life through the 19 Bob Dylan gigs he saw.Read More

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