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How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History

By On August 9, 2017

He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his… Read More

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In 1950, Anne Frank’s Diary Was Rescued From the Publisher’s Reject Pile

By On August 4, 2017

It turns out Anne Frank might owe her literary immortality to a young American editorial assistant named Judith Jones, who’d followed her love of French cooking to Paris in 1945. Five years… Read More

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What the Yiddish Diary of a 17th-Century German Woman Can Tell Us Today

By On August 3, 2017

The history of women can feel riddled with gaps, especially during times when education was the privilege of men. But one 17th-century Jewish woman, known as Gluckel of Hameln, left us a priceless window… Read More

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This Jewish Hollywood Cowboy Invented the Pie-in-the-Face Genre

By On August 1, 2017

A Jewish kid from Arkansas pulls off the ultimate reinvention and makes himself a cowboy. In the process, he becomes a motion-picture pioneer — not least by filming the first on-screen pie-in-the… Read More

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This Jewish Woman Should Have Been a Nazi Germany Gold Medalist

By On July 27, 2017

In 1936, Germany barred its own high jump champion from participating in the Olympics – even though she was on track to win gold. At a championship meet one month before the… Read More

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The New Yiddish Film ‘Menashe’ Feels Both Foreign and Brooklyn All At Once

By On July 27, 2017

Menashe, a new dramatic film by filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein and out with A24, was shot entirely in Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park; the language spoken is Yiddish; and much of… Read More

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Three Brothers Search Italy for the Cave They Hid In During the Holocaust

By On July 24, 2017

In the winter of 1944, a well-to-do Jewish family from Florence escaped deportation to Auschwitz by hiding in a cave they dug in the Italian countryside. Seventy years later, the three, no-longer-young… Read More

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The Colorful, Historic ‘Lost Shul Mural’ of Burlington, Vermont

By On July 20, 2017

Travel guide trivia: What Northeastern American city was once known as Little Jerusalem? If you guessed other than Bernie’s green stomping grounds of Burlington, Vermont, try again. In the Green Mountain State,… Read More

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Dating While Ultra-Orthodox? Better Update Your Shidduch Resume.

By On July 18, 2017

First step towards a dream job: a top-notch resume. But what if you also needed a CV to get your dream girl/boy? And we don’t mean updating your JSwipe profile with new… Read More

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In Rhode Island, Jews Can Marry Their Relatives!

By On July 12, 2017

Here’s a legal love story for you. In 1913, Sam May and Fannie May, a coupla 26-year-old New Yorkers, wanted to get married, but they had to go all the way to… Read More

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This Jewish Immigrant Olympian Worked in a Chocolate Factory Before Winning Gold

By On July 11, 2017

In 1904, the Russian village of Yekaterinaslov (now Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk) marked the birth of a future Olympic athlete named Fania Rosenfeld to parents who would shortly move the family to Ontario, Canada… Read More

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The Jewish History of Nathan’s July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest

By On July 3, 2017

Back on July 4, 1916, four immigrants decided to settle the score over who was the most patriotic by holding a hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous stand on NYC’s Coney… Read More