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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

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The Rosenberg Kids Are Still Fighting for Their Parents’ Good Name

By On July 3, 2017

64 years after Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying for the Soviet Union, their children are still fighting to honor their parents’ name. In 1953, the Rosenbergs were convicted of… Read More

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Lailah, the Angel of Conception, Left Her Mark On Your Face

By On June 30, 2017

You might not know it, but you have a philtrum and everyone who looks at you can see it. The philtrum—that groove we all have above our upper lips—may not be a… Read More

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1930s Los Angeles was a Pro-Nazi Hotbed

By On June 26, 2017

While America nervously watched the rise of the Third Reich in the early 1930s, some Nazi-sympathizing Los Angelinos were eagerly anticipating a Nazi future. In those years, the pro-Hitler German American Bund held… Read More