Cheryl Kempler

Cheryl Kempler is an art and music specialist who writes about history and Jewish culture for the B’nai B’rith Magazine. She lives in Washington, DC.

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The 19th-Century Lesbian Writer Who Met a Tragic End

By On December 17, 2014

The challenges and rewards facing the female entrepreneur, the depiction of same-sex love, and a critique of the materialist values of affluent Jewish society—these contemporary themes got an early, gripping treatment long… Read More

The Artist Who Turned Destroyed Polish Shuls Into Great Modern Art
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The Artist Who Turned Destroyed Polish Shuls Into Great Modern Art

By On November 4, 2014

Declaring “what you see is what you see” superstar artist Frank Stella (b. 1936) made a name for himself painting minimalist flat black canvases, until a book on the development of the Polish wooden synagogue… Read More

The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump
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The Jewish Photographer Who Got Marilyn Monroe to Jump

By On August 5, 2014

  Albert Einstein. Alfred Hitchcock. Marilyn Monroe. Salvador Dalí.  These celebrities are just a few of those captured in iconic portraits by Riga-born Jewish photographer Philippe Halsman during his storied career shooting covers for Life magazine throughout… Read More

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Meet Tom Freud, Sigmund’s Famous Niece

By On June 18, 2014

You’ve probably heard of Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson, and a master of 20th-century painting, but he wasn’t the first member of the famous clan with visual acumen. The famous psychoanalyst‘s niece, Martha, who went… Read More

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The Jewish Diva Who Played the Indian Princess

By On March 11, 2014

Gifted with one of those rare, true contralto voices—deep, rich, and haunting—Sophie Braslau was the beautiful daughter of a Russian émigré physician who was ranked with the most celebrated singers of her time. A musical prodigy, she… Read More

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