Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs

Why Singapore’s Army Sang Israeli Songs

By On March 25, 2015

Who’s got Singapore’s back? For a tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries, the answer is obviously “another tiny nation surrounded by Muslim countries,” i.e. Israel. But it turns out Israel doesn’t just have… Read More

Turkey's Secret Jews

Turkey’s Secret Jews

By On March 24, 2015

When 17th-century heretic Sabbatai Zevi declared himself the messiah and set about making his own rules for Judaism, he amassed a Jewish following across Europe. None too pleased by the groundswell, Ottoman authorities… Read More

The Yemeni Sisters Whose Video is Sweeping Across Israel and the Muslim World

The Israeli Sisters Whose Music Video is Sweeping Across the Arab World

By On March 23, 2015

On March 8, a music video uploaded to YouTube flew from the Israeli desert to Yemen and through the Middle East. Its three stars, sisters Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim (not to… Read More


See The Yiddish Paper Beloved by Polish Jewry Before the War

By On March 20, 2015

Looking for news from the provinces? A husband? Sholem Aleichem’s book tour schedule? Published between 1908 and 1939, Haynt (along with Der Moment) was one of the two widest-circulation, longest-running Yiddish newspapers in… Read More


Take a (Virtual) Trip to 19th-Century Jewish New Hampshire

By On March 19, 2015

  Many history lessons about the wave of Jewish immigrants between the 1890s and early 20th century revolve around urban neighborhoods like New York’s Lower East Side. But a digital exhibition arm of… Read More


How a Chocolate Bar Drove Israeli Women from the Polls

By On March 18, 2015

In the U.S., courting female voters involves plenty of silly political acrobatics in the name of women — including claiming, as one nameless presidential candidate once did, that you have binders full… Read More

The Gorgeous Newfangled Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

The Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous Haggadah You Probably Want Right Now

By On March 17, 2015

Asufa is an Israeli design collective. Each year, they collect a rowdy cadre of over 40 Israeli artists and they release a Passover haggadah. Each artist is given a different part of… Read More

The Jewish English Lexicon

A New Guide to the Secret Meaning of Jewish Words

By On March 16, 2015

  What do Jews speak? The answer isn’t exactly simple. And how could it be, when Yiddish, Aramaic, ancient and modern Hebrew, Ladino, and Arabic all play into the mix? Which is exactly… Read More

Israeli Artist Gives Golda Meir the Full Hipster Treatment

Israeli Artist Gives JFK and Golda Meir the Full Hipster Treatment

By On March 13, 2015

SEE JFK, QUEEN ELIZABETH, AND THE REST OF THE “SHEPSTORY” GALLERY HERE»» Official portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and other world leaders show them as noble, wise and better… Read More

Georgia's First Jew

Georgia’s First Jew

By On March 12, 2015

Although it’s hard to believe today, Savannah, Georgia was once nearly one-third Jewish. And the man who got the trend going, a Portuguese Jewish doctor named Samuel Nunes, almost didn’t make it… Read More


The Simpsons Go to Auschwitz

By On March 11, 2015

SEE MORE OF THE “NEVER AGAIN” GALLERY HERE»»  You may have missed Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo’s work commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. You may be glad you did. For the… Read More

The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles

The Jewish Food Critic Who Rules Los Angeles

By On March 10, 2015

It’s not uncommon for new residents of Los Angeles to receive well worn copies of Jonathan Gold’s Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles filled with dog-eared pages and marginalia. The Pulitzer Prize-winning food… Read More