Arts & Culture

A New Literary Take On Soviet-Jewish Immigration

By Yevgeniya Traps

Think the Soviet-Jewish immigration experience has been chronicled to death? Think again: Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s new novel, ‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ feels unexpectedly fresh.Read More

Leaving the Worst of The Holocaust to the Imagination

Playing Holocaust survivors is always a challenge for an actor — but especially so for Isobel Pravda, who plays the role of her grandmother in the off-Broadway production of ‘The Good and the True.’Read More

A Night at The Mmuseumm

By Liana Finck

Liana Finck visited Mmuseumm, which occupies an abandoned elevator shaft in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Her comic shows it as a place that seems heavenly — until you get too close.Read More

Martin Luther King's Dangerous Friendship

By Ben Kamin

Martin Luther King Jr. and Jewish attorney Stanley David Levison were both subject to surveillance and wiretapping by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. Newly released documents explain why.Read More

7 Facts About Jews In Alabama

By Rachel X. Landes

From a famous quote in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to the first public high school in Birmingham, here are seven interesting facts about Jewish life in Alabama.Read More

You Can Pay Jews To Live in Dothan, Alabama. But Will They Stay?

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

In 2008, the dwindling Jewish community of Dothan, Alabama, launched a $1 million relocation program to attract members. Eight families have made the jump. The question is, will they stay?Read More

Was Pope John Paul II Good for the Jews?

By Benjamin Ivry

When Pope John Paul II was canonized, many recalled his warm relationship with the Jews. But a new book reveals that Saint John Paul the Great’s legacy was not perfect.Read More

New York Exhibit on Children’s Books Highlights Many Jewish Contributions

By Austin Ratner

From Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to ‘The Phantom Tollbooth,’ written by Brooklyn Jews Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, children’s books have had many Jewish contributors. Here’s why.Read More

‘Mad Man’ on the Movie Set

By Curt Schleier

Matthew Weiner, director of the TV hit “Mad Men”, got the inspiration for his first feature film, “Are You Here” from his seven-year-old son — when he bit into a chicken leg.Read More

How Lauren Bacall Faced and Overcame Anti-Semitism

By Benjamin Ivry

Fond memories of Lauren Bacall have been flooding the Internet following her death at age 89. But less has been said about the actress’s long-time battles with anti-Semitism. Benjamin Ivry explains.Read More

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