Arts & Culture

The Year of the Former Soviet Author

By Yevgeniya Traps

More and more Jewish writers from the former Soviet Union have become household names. Here’s what you have to know about them, from Gary Shteyngart to Anya Ulinich.Read More

Reconsidering Louis Ginzberg's Legendary 'Legends of the Jews'

By Benjamin Ivry

Louis Ginzberg is famous for his six-volume ‘Legends of the Jews.’ A critical assessment demonstrates the continuing appeal of the Talmudist and his works.Read More

The Year Spin Doctors Lost Control of the Spin

By Anya Ulinich

From Gaza to Woody Allen, there were fewer and fewer ways to make the world seem OK in 2014. Anya Ulinich asks if this was the year the spin doctors finally lost control.Read More

'Jewish Oprah' Carolyn Starman Hessel Turns Page From Jewish Book Council

By Beth Kissileff

When Carolyn Starman Hessel joined the New York-based Jewish Book Council in 1994 – at the request of friend Marsha Posner – she knew nothing about the publishing world.Read More

Undermining Nazi Ideal of Racial Purity — in Black and White

By Ilene Prusher

Marc Babej’s photography evokes the stark ethos of the Third Reich. But his goal is to undermine Nazis’ fiction of German racial purity — in black and white.Read More

Conflict Kitchen Stirs the Pot in Pittsburgh

By Aruna D’Souza

Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen serves the rarely tasted cuisines of nations in conflict zones. Things escalated when it focused on Palestinian food.Read More

Resisting Christmas in North Dakota

By Sally Koslow

Growing up in North Dakota, Sally Koslow found Christmas just couldn’t be avoided. That changed when she moved to the Jewiest place in the country: New York City.Read More

Unusual Creatures That Ruled the World in 2014

By Liana Finck

The definitive ten best from the world of unusual creatures by Liana Finck — with apologies to Edward Gorey.Read More

Joe Cocker's 8 Greatest Jewish Hits

By Forward Staff

The legendary English singer Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70. Here, the Forward remembers some of Cocker’s greatest encounters with Jewish songwriters.Read More

How 12 Jews, a Bear and a Robot Took Shtetlsphere by Storm

By Anne Cohen

This year had it all: a Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ and royal baby, mispronounced names and, of course, a cute animal or two. Let’s revisit the best Shmooze moments of 2014.Read More

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