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Forward's Jay Michaelson Wins Deadline Club Award

By Forward Staff

Forward contributing editor Jay Michaelson has won the 2014 Deadline Club award for opinion writing.Read More


A New York Jewish Man Tries To Commit Suicide by Cocaine

By Eddy Portnoy

This week, 100 years ago, Jacob Haas took cocaine and tried to commit suicide because he couldn’t marry his niece. And, 75 years ago, details of Jewish life in Vienna under the Nazis were surfacing.Read More


The Yiddish Forverts Goes Biweekly in Print

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Amid circulation and financial pressures, the print version of the Yiddish Forverts will soon appear only biweekly. But its website will relaunch as a daily with more content and new features.Read More


Looking Back: August 10, 2012

Has anybody seen Abie Levitt’s wife?Read More


Looking Back: July 20, 2012

After dozens of detectives searched high and low for Bronx resident Nathan Schwartz, the main suspect in the murder of 12-year-old Julia Connors, the suspect was found dead from gas asphyxiation in a room on Chrystie Street in Manhattan’s Lower East SideRead More


Looking Back: July 6, 2012

Annie Weiss, 16, was dragged before Magistrate Corrigan in Manhattan’s Centre Street Courthouse on the charge that she was the ringleader of a band of young thieves.Read More


Looking Back: June 29, 2011

A gang of Italians held a pogrom in Manhattan, on 114th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, during which two Jews were shot and grievously wounded.Read More


Looking Back: June 15, 2012

After Big Jack Zelig, a gangster from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, survived a recent shooting in a gang war between the Jewish gang headed by “Kid Twist” and the Italian gang led by Jack Sirocco, he took the stand to testify against his assailants.Read More


Old Call for Old Things

By Eliyana Adler

A beat-up truck comes trundling down a Jerusalem block to collect used household items. The elderly Palestinian driver cries out in Yiddish, ‘Alte zakhn!’ or ‘Old things.’Read More


Should Israel Have Gone With Yiddish?

By Philologos

Should Yiddish have been the national language of Israel? Philologos says emphatically ‘no,’ because Hebrew is the eternal language of the Jewish people.Read More





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