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Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

By Eddy Portnoy

A Jewish tailor was shot and wounded by a macaroni maker. In 1938, mass hysteria breaks out over H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds.’Read More


Stealing Candy From Your Own Baby on Halloween

By Lenore Skenazy

While Jews get off easy when it comes to Santa issues, Halloween is an equal opportunity holiday. The candy conundrum is important to Jew and gentile alike.Read More


A Year After Sandy, Brighton Beach Struggles To Get Back on Feet

By Lisa Amand

Hurricane Sandy teamed up with a wobbly economy to devastate Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Even a year later, the Jewish neighborhood is struggling to get back on its feet.Read More


Jewish Pimp From Brownsville Faces Long Arm of Justice

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, jurors deliberated the fate of an accused Jewish pimp. In 1938, New York mourned the death of labor leader Baruch Charney Vladek.Read More


Jewish 'Humans of New York'

By Anna Goldenberg

Brandon Stanton has been taking photographs of people on New York City streets for three years. Some of the most fascinating images are of Jews.Read More


Man Murders Wife, Eats Blintzes

By Eddy Portnoy

Seventy-five years ago, the Forverts reported on a man who murdered his wife and then ordered blintzes at a restaurant; 25 years later, Syrian spies snuck into Israel.Read More


ESPN's Andy Katz Talks College Basketball and Jewish Sports Guys

By Raphael Gellar

ESPN’s college basketball analyst Andy Katz asks President Obama to fill out picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament every year.Read More


How Naugahyde Helped Kitchen Chairs Stay in a Jewish Family for Generations

By Leah Garchik

The amazing story of a Jewish family told through a set of kitchen chairs. They outlived births, deaths and cross-country moves — all because of their naugahyde covering.Read More


Lost Lovers Reconnect 70 Years Later After Letters Found on Tel Aviv Street

By Abra Cohen

When Yosef Halper discovered a suitcase full of love letters on a Tel Aviv street, he knew he had to reunite the writers. But after 70 years, how could he find them?Read More


My Return to Forgotten Czech Synagogue

By E. Randol Schoenberg

The head of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum chronicles his emotional return to the Czech village of his ancestors. Its synagogue, abandoned for a century, is springing back to life.Read More





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