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Finding Dasha

By Esther C. Werdiger

Catching up with a long lost relative seemed like a unexpected treat for one artist. The pair chatted for hours, and promised to get together again soon. Then what happened?Read More

Does Haunting Photo Show Singin' Jewish Twins?

By Chana Pollack

A haunting show-biz photo sent a Forward archivist scurrying to the vaults — and our readers’ memories — for answers. Is it a piece in the strange puzzle of forgotten twin singing stars?Read More

The King of the Continental Bathhouse

By Michael Kaminer

Steve Ostrow was an unlikely sexual revolutionary. He founded a bathhouse called the Continental, which turned into an iconic landmark of gay culture.Read More

All German Jews Forced To Change Names to Israel and Sarah

By Eddy Portnoy

As the Holocaust gathered, German Jews were ordered to change their names to be easily identified. A century ago, a horse-poisoner ratted out some upstanding businessmen.Read More

Wearing a Black Ribbon Helped One Jewish Widow Mend Her Soul

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

Some rabbis call it a shallow gimmick to mourn a loved one by wearing a ribbon. But a tiny swatch of fabric was a profound source of solace to one widow after her husband’s death.Read More

The Evil Eye Remover

By Ruchama King Feuerman

The world can seem hopeless sometimes. That’s why there’s a woman in Jerusalem called the ‘Evil Eye Remover’ who can remove any kind of curse for the reasonable price of $101.Read More

Who Are These Singing Twin Sisters?

By Eddy Portnoy

A singin’ set of twin sisters appeared in the Forverts in the 1950s, around the time of the Barry Sisters’ success. Does anyone remember who they were?Read More

The Last Jews of Ethiopia

By Miriam Berger

The final group of Ethiopian Jews are preparing to leave for Israel soon. As they leave, the dusty town of Gondar wonders what will happen once they are gone.Read More

Marking Gender Transition in the Mikveh

By Max Strassfeld

When Max Strassfeld helped write a ritual for a friend’s transition, he mapped contemporary ideas about gender onto a very traditional Jewish space — the mikveh.Read More

Hazards of Dating While Jewish in Berlin

By Steven Blum

For American Jews in Berlin, dating can feel like an endurance challenge. There are arbitrary questions, ambiguous silences and admissions of familial guilt.Read More

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