Arts & Culture

When Greenville, South Carolina, Had a Jewish Mayor

By Adam Chanes

This is the incredible story of Max Heller from Austria, and how dancing with an American woman in Vienna’s Stadtpark led him to become the mayor of South Carolina’s sixth largest city.Read More

The 110 Jewish Women Who Changed France

By Benjamin Ivry

From actress Sylvia Bataille to classicist Jacqueline de Romilly, a new book recounts the fascinating lives of 110 French Jewish women who shaped their country — or were shaped by it.Read More

How Ruth Calderon Transforms Israeli Politics — and Talmud

By Jay Michaelson

Following Ruth Calderons unexpected Knesset win comes a surprising new book — including some of the same Talmud tales that made her inaugural speech go viral.Read More

How Steven Pinker Became the Anti-Maven of Language

By Ben Yagoda

Harvard professor Steven Pinker didn’t coin ‘language maven,’ but he did more than anyone else to popularize the term. His new book brings Strunk and White into the 21st century.Read More

The Spy Who Came In From Hamas

By Anna Goldenberg

An unusually timely and captivating documentary, ‘The Green Prince,’ tells of a Hamas leader’s son who came to spy for Shin Bet. Anna Goldenberg sits down with the film’s director and star.Read More

Irgun Fighter Remembers the Altalena

By David Laskin

As a Jew-versus-Jew battle raged on Israel’s shore in 1948, former Irgun foot soldier Malca Fein fought through the thick of it — and found the love of her life.Read More

7 Facts About Jewish Tennessee

By Rachel X. Landes

Owner of the New York Times, Dinah Shore, and Other Jews From TennesseeRead More

How Elvis Presley Missed His True Calling — As a Cantor

By Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel

Elvis famously never learned to read music. But according to his former Jewish neighbors, he did benefit from early exposure to the masters — of cantorial music.Read More

The Wonder Women of Video

By Menachem Wecker

A new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores female contributions to early video art, which coincided with the rise of feminism.Read More

Slouching Through Catalonia, One Jewish Site at a Time

By Joshua Furst

There’s the traditional way to tour Jewish Catalonia —  with guidebooks, tours and maps. And then there’s the other way. Joshua Furst gets lost in Barcelona, memory and politics.Read More

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