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The Story of Mr. Potato Head’s Jewish Roots

By On December 14, 2017

As you’re peeling potatoes to make latkes, imagine that the decade is the 1950s, and you’re safeguarding your spuds from kids trying to stick little plastic face pieces with pushpins into them.… Read More


When a Yiddish Theater Starlet Surprised U.S. Troops in Korea for Hanukkah

By On December 12, 2017

In 1951, Yiddish theater star Molly Picon, together with Jacob Kalich, her husband and fellow entertainer, and Cardinal Francis Joseph Spellman, the Vicar General of the United States Armed Forces, headed to Korea… Read More


Barbra Streisand Asked Bob Dylan to Make a Record Together

By On December 5, 2017

Jewish fantasies everywhere came true last year when a handwritten card from Barbra Streisand to Bob Dylan was uncovered in the Dylan Archive, a trove of 6,000 pieces of his paraphernalia. The… Read More


‘My Name Is Modigliani. I am a Jew.’

By On December 4, 2017

Amadeo Clemente Modigliani (1884-1920) is best known as the Italian artist who left behind striking oil paintings and sculptures of women with distinctively elongated faces and pinched lips. But a new video… Read More


Hear This Jewish Prayer Sung by Texan Cows and a Cowboy

By On November 29, 2017

There’s so much more to Texas Jewish life than a historic heavyweight champion, a quirky author-turned-politician named Kinky, and painter Mark Rothko’s Houston chapel. Look a little harder and you will find… Read More


How Jacob Cohen Became Rodney Dangerfield and Got Himself Some Respect

By On November 27, 2017

Rodney Dangerfield got no respect. When he was born, the doctor told his mother, “I did all I could, but he pulled through anyway.” Just listen to the guy: When he was… Read More


A Portuguese-Spanish Jewish Thanksgiving Service Going Back to 1789

By On November 21, 2017

When George Washington announced the first national Thanksgiving in 1789, he called for all Americans to gather in their houses of worship, and to thank God for Independence. A group of Jewish… Read More


The 1916 Knish War of the Lower East Side

By On November 14, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Rival restauranteurs battle over knishes! The 1910s were a bustling time for the Lower East Side shtetl-metropolis, where roughly 2 million Ashkenazi Jews were crammed more… Read More


Tiffany Synagogues: Like the Lamps, But Holier

By On November 13, 2017

Here’s what probably comes to mind when you hear the name Louis Comfort Tiffany: stained glass lampshades in intricate, kaleidoscopic, jewel tones. Here’s what should come to mind: gorgeous late 19th- and… Read More


One of the First Films About the Holocaust Remains a French Sensation

By On November 10, 2017

Around the tenth anniversary of the liberation of France, a French government agency decided to produce a documentary about Nazi concentration camps. A promising young man named Alain Resnais, who would later become… Read More


This Raucous Jewish Stand-Up Comedienne Made Fat Jokes Before They Were In Style

By On November 7, 2017

Self-mockery is a staple of stand-up comedy, and few excelled at it as much as Totie Fields. The raspy-voiced Jewish comedienne is mostly forgotten today, but she made her name on late-night… Read More


The Italian Jewish Programmers Making Auschwitz a Virtual Reality ‘Experience’

By On November 3, 2017

Perhaps not as exciting as the latest installment in the Super Mario franchise, the Italian studio 101% is working on something really big: a virtual-reality game. Featuring Auschwitz. Witness: Auschwitz, currently under development… Read More

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