Elizabeth Michaelson

Elizabeth Michaelson has a BA from Barnard College, a certificate in Periodical Journalism from London’s City University, and an MLS from Queens College. She’s written for Barnes & Noble’s Quamut Guides as well as for titles including Modern Bride New York, Photo District News, and CrimeSpree. She is a native New Yorker and a Hebrew school dropout.

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Israeli Zombies Hit the Big Screen

By On November 21, 2013

When an Israeli Defense Forces special ops unit heads to Lebanon to capture a Hezbollah leader, they’re expecting trouble. But not in the form they find it. Welcome to Cannon Fodder, Israel’s first-ever zombie movie. The… Read More

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The Downton Abbey-Era Jewish Suffragettes

By On November 4, 2013

The Jewish World called them “blackguards in bonnets.” In October 1913, 3 women were thrown out of London’s New West End Synagogue during Yom Kippur services after loudly declaring: “May God forgive Herbert Samuel and Sir Rufus Isaacs for denying… Read More

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Anti-Semitic Rioting in Wales

By On August 19, 2013

Wales is famous for being the home of woolly sheep and Tom Jones and difficult-to-pronounce place names (Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, we’re looking at you). What it’s not known for is anti-Semitic violence. But 102 years ago today,… Read More

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Java’s Last Shul and the World’s Tallest Menorah

By On August 8, 2013

Until recently, the city of Surabaya, on the Indonesian island of Java, had one synagogue. But now it has none, and nobody’s quite sure why. Surabaya’s tiny Jewish population descends from Iraqi Jews, who… Read More

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The Knight Who Saved 700 Jews

By On July 24, 2013

Nicky’s Family, a new film by Slovak director Matej Mináč, tells the story of a 20th-century hero you probably don’t know, but should: A British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton who rescued nearly 700 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Sudetenland.… Read More

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Meet Nigeria’s Jews

By On May 10, 2013

If you thought the wonders of the Internet were best characterized by videos of cats on treadmills and Words With Friends, consider the experience of Shmuel Tikvah ben Yaacov. The web introduced him to… Read More

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A Charleston Poet in a Calico Gown

By On April 23, 2013

Happy 216th birthday to Penina Moise (1797-1880): poet, Southerner, and Sunday school superintendent. Moise’s life could have been a Victorian melodrama: One of 9 children born to French immigrants in Charleston, South Carolina, a… Read More

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The Passover After-Party

By On April 3, 2013

Passover’s over; Mimouna is here! Or, more probably, there. Originally little-known outside of North Africa, Mimouna is now a popular Israeli holiday. The one-day affair, which begins at sundown on the last day of Passover,… Read More