Meet the Mystical Mah Jongg Bubbe
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Meet the Mystical Mah Jongg Bubbe

By On June 17, 2015

Karen Gooen is a woman of many talents. She’s been a copy editor, a camp transportation director, a budget analyst, and has spent nearly forty years writing nonfiction. But one thing is… Read More

The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA
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The Utopian Jewish Chicken Farmers of Petaluma, CA

By On June 16, 2015

  Which came first, the chicken or the leftist Jews? Today, Petaluma, California, is known as a sleepy suburb steps away from Sonoma County’s wineries. But in the 1920s and ’30s, it… Read More

He Insulted John and Yoko, and Started a Feminist Tradition
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He Insulted John & Yoko and Started a (Sorta) Feminist Tradition

By On June 15, 2015

On November 15, 1937, a cartoon strip gave birth to an American holiday. Named Sadie Hawkins Day after “the homeliest gal in all them hills,” the fictional holiday created by famously acerbic… Read More

Meet Red Buttons, the 8-Year-Old Vaudeville Star
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Meet Red Buttons, the 8-Year-Old Vaudeville Star

By On June 12, 2015

Legend has it, famed Ukrainian cantor and composer Yossele Rosenblatt discovered the boy who would become the vibrant vaudeville star known as Red Buttons. As the story goes, Rosenblatt recruited then 8-year-old Aaron… Read More

A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx
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A Jewish Ghetto Brother from the South Bronx

By On June 11, 2015

  It wasn’t easy growing up in the gang-riddled Bronx of the 60s and 70s, especially for the son of Puerto Rican immigrants—and doubly especially when your family were descendants of Marranos:… Read More

Painter Marc Chagall's Fantastical Life, in a New Movie
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Painter Marc Chagall’s Fantastical Life, On Screen

By On June 10, 2015

Marc Chagall’s fraught, fantastic life began at birth. With his Russian village of Vitebsk burning around her, his mother pushes and shrieks. Baby Marc is pronounced stillborn. But his mother insists he… Read More

thejewniverse.com/2015/the-auschwitz-survivor-behind-haute-couture
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The Auschwitz Survivor Behind Haute Couture

By On June 9, 2015

At the age of 14, Martin Greenfield was uprooted from an idyllic Czechoslovakian childhood and deported to Auschwitz, where the notorious Doctor Mengele separated him from his family. One of his first… Read More

Chinese Art With a Jewish Twist (Or, Jewish Art With a Chinese Twist)
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Chinese Art With a Jewish Twist (Or, Jewish Art With a Chinese Twist)

By On June 8, 2015

“I am Jewish,” graphic designer Davi Yael-Cheng recently told a coworker. “You are? Really?” he responded. “Yes, I am Jewish.” “Really? You are Jewish?” “Yes.” “Really?” he asked again. This, Yael-Cheng recounts… Read More

The Guy Behind UCLA's Ladino Revival
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The Guy Behind L.A.’s Ladino Revival

By On June 5, 2015

UCLA doctoral student Bryan Kirschen leads a weekly class in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language that’s quickly disappearing, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He also created a network of seniors… Read More

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The Israeli-American Obsessed With Lying

By On June 4, 2015

“The bigger brain, the larger the capacity to lie.” This is from a psychiatrist at Duke Institute. He says it kindly, nonjudgmentally, and yet, it’s haunting. (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies… Read More

On Being Gay & Arab in Tel Aviv
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Gay & Arab in Tel Aviv

By On June 3, 2015

“Gay Israelis say, ‘You don’t feel accepted here? See how other Arab countries treat you,’” says Khader, one of the subjects of Oriented, a new documentary by Jake Witzenfeld. “But here I… Read More

Zumba's Jewish Matron Saint
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Zumba’s Jewish Matron Saint

By On June 2, 2015

  One day in the mid-1990s, dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Pérez forgot his usual music for the aerobics class he taught in Bogotá, Colombia. In a pinch, he reached for his… Read More