Arts & Culture


Canceling 'Death of Klinghoffer' Opera Broadcast Elitist and Naive

By Adam Langer

Some are cheering the Met’s decision to cancel its simulcast of John Adams’s opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer.’ But Adam Langer says we shouldn’t be quite so enthusiastic.Read More


The Secret Jewish History of Tupac Shakur

By Seth Rogovoy

Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996, led a life of turmoil. But a new Broadway musical makes Seth Rogovoy wonder if the brilliant rapper was really just a nice Jewish boy.Read More


Carla Laemmle, First Voice of 'Dracula,' Dies at 104

By Benjamin Ivry

Carla Laemmle, a horror movie veteran who uttered the first words in the 1931 ‘Dracula,’ has died at 104. Benjamin Ivry remembers her legacy.Read More


Staging Holocaust Stories Proves Therapeutic for Witness Theater

By Stav Ziv

As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, Witness Theater offers a new approach to preserving their stories — matching them with teens to dramatize their lives.Read More


Is 'Kushim' a Racist Israeli Term for Blacks?

By Philologos

The word ‘kushim’ appears 20 times in the Bible to refer to Africans. Philologos explains why the term has taken on racist overtones.Read More


Thoroughly Modernist Jewish Design

By Jenna Weissman Joselit

An exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum seeks to show the relationship between Jews and modernism. It’s a visual delight, but Jenna Weissman Joselit remains unconvinced.Read More


Marcel Gotlib's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

By Benjamin Ivry

Marcel Gotlib’s vibrant comic art belies a traumatic youth — his father was murdered in Buchenwald. Gotlib is the subject of an eye-popping show at the Museum of Jewish Art and History.Read More


Golden Era for Jewish Life Under the Habsburgs

By Anna Goldenberg

One hundred years ago, 300,000 Jews fought for the Habsburg Empire. As Anna Goldenberg learns at the Jewish Museum Vienna, World War I marked the end of a golden era.Read More


Zayd Dohrn's 'Muckrakers' Is Ripped From His Radical Royalty Bloodline

By Ed Rampell

Zayd Dohrn’s new play is a politically charged thriller for the Wikileaks era. What else would you expect from the scion of ’60s Jewish radical royalty?Read More


'Fiddler on the Roof' Turns 50 With an All-Star Celebration

By Simi Horwitz

The landmark and ground-breaking musical, ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ is commemorating its 50th anniversary — at the same time its lyricist Sheldon Harnick is turning 90.Read More





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