Arts & Culture


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


Of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Lehman Brothers and 5 Other Things About (Jewish) Alabama

By Rachel X. Landes

A famous quote in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ praises Jews and Lehman Brothers had roots in Montgomery, among other facts about Jewish life in Alabama.Read More


Deconstructing the Jewishness of the Frankfurt School

By Benjamin Ivry

The thinkers of the Frankfurt School of critical theory were predominantly Jewish. But how did their Jewishness affect Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno and friends?Read More


Live-Blogging Jewishly in a Weird Evangelical Christian World

By Jay Michaelson

Do God-hating liberals have American values in their crosshairs? Jay Michaelson live-blogs the evangelical documentary ‘One Generation Away,’ so you don’t have to watch it.Read More


5 Albums To Pick Up in 2015

By Jake Marmer

As the temperatures begin to drop, there’s more time to spend listening. And, fortunately, there’s a profusion of great new music around. Here are 5 great new albums.Read More


Of Barbie, Western Shirts, Simon Guggenheim and 8 Other Facts About Jewish Colorado

By Forward Staff

From Jewish gold rush traders to Barbie and Western shirts, here are 11 things you might not know about Colorado and its Jews.Read More


Luise Rainer, Oscar-Winning German Jewish Movie Star, Dies at 104

By Benjamin Ivry

Luise Rainer, who died at age 104, stood up to fascism and won Oscars in back to back years. Benjamin Ivry remembers the Jewish diva’s turbulent career.Read More


10 Women's Voices We Want To Hear More From

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

2014 was especially noteworthy for the plethora of strong female voices speaking out on a number of crucial subjects. Here are some of the writers we’re looking most forward to continuing to read.Read More


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