About The Assimilator

The Assimilator lies at the intersection of high and low culture. Here, the latest developments and trends in Jewish art, books, dance, film, music, media, television and theater are all assimilated into one handy pop culture blog.

Recent Posts:

Jewish Celebrities Cheer Historic Gay Marriage Decision

The Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in a 5-4 decision. In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote:

Ben & Jerry's Renames Ice Cream After Gay Marriage Decision

If you’re like me, then you’re in the mood to celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic decision on same-sex marriage, which makes it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. And if, also like me, you have a sweet-tooth, then may I suggest a pint of ice cream?

'2 By Wolf' — A Yiddish-Gaelic Theatre Delight

On my way to see The New Yiddish Rep’s production of “Two By Wolf” which includes Wolf Mankowitz’s play “The Bespoke Overcoat,” I flashed back to 1956, when in the darkness of the Thalia Theatre on Upper Broadway, I saw the British film “The Bespoke Overcoat” based on Mankowitz’s play about a Jewish tailor and a promised winter coat. I then assumed that it had been a translation of a work by a Yiddish writer unaware that “bespoke” with its Middle English provenance was Fleet Street lingo for custom made.

'Amy' Filmmaker Defends Documentary Despite Criticism

A much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas next week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has called the film misleading.

Let's Make 'Spaceballs: The LEGO Set' Happen!

“Who knows? God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.”