Arts & Culture

‘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

Lauren Bacall's 7 Greatest Moments

By Adam Langer

From Humphrey Bogart’s sparring partner to the grand-dame of Hollywood cinema, Lauren Bacall’s career spanned generations in film and theater. These are 7 of her finest moments.Read More

The Unbearable Sadness of Being Robin Williams

By Joshua Furst

Robin Williams’s serious performances often packaged as hopeful and affirming the human spirit. But critic Joshua Furst saw something much darker in the late artist’s work.Read More

A Peach of a Synagogue

By Lauren Davidson

You might not think of a nearly 300-year-old Sephardic synagogue as the top tourist destination in a state. Unless you’re talking about Georgia and Savannah’s Mickve Israel, that is.Read More

10 Facts About Georgia Jews

By Adam Chanes and Gabe Friedman

Georgia has claim to the first Jewish governor and one of the country’s largest Jewish film festivals.Read More

How and Why We Mourn Robin Williams

By Adam Langer

In films by Paul Mazursky and Woody Allen and on TV as Mork, Robin Williams embodied a quintessential outsider’s perspective. Adam Langer recalls the legacy of the late comedian.Read More

Uniting Jewish Heritage Sites Across Czech Republic

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

No Jews have lived in Nova Cerekev since the Holocaust. But driving into the nondescript little town 80 miles from Prague, you still can’t miss the synagogue.Read More

How Roman Polanski and Jonathan Demme Blur the Line Between Fiction and Reality

By Ezra Glinter

‘Venus in Fur’ and ‘A Master Builder’ are two new movies that evoke a strange magic: Both blur the line between fantasy and reality, and both are about the art of acting, writes Ezra Glinter.Read More

Why Tom Rachman Imagines the Child in the Corner

By Anna Goldenberg

Tom Rachman has long had a weakness for Yiddish humor. The bestselling author also reveals what happens when he feels like Tolstoy — and how it inspired his new novel.Read More

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