Nina Simone Sings Milk & Honey
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When Nina Simone Sang a Zionist Standard

By On February 19, 2015

Few songs capture the feeling of a people in exile like “Eretz Zavat Halav.” Taken from a biblical passage, it speaks of Israel’s abundant natural produce (milk and honey, especially), from the perspective… Read More

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How Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired a Passover Seder

By On February 18, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated just eight days before Passover in 1968. Among those grieving his… Read More

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The Jewish Songwriter Behind Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

By On February 17, 2015

All this week, Jewniverse is honoring Black History Month with some of our favorite stories from the archives. The song “Strange Fruit,” one of the most haunting jazz ballads of the past century,… Read More

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The 1938 Jazz Concert That Changed Black and Jewish History

By On February 16, 2015

When Benny Goodman, the Jewish clarinetist and so-called “King of Swing” took center stage at Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938, the audience was in for more than just a rollicking time. That… Read More

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The Jewish Moroccan Language That Should Be Extinct But Isn’t

By On February 13, 2015

When an animal species is on the edge of extinction, there are plenty of ways to do your part (adopt an African rhino, anyone?). But what do we do when a language… Read More

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A New Film That Uncovers Hidden Drawings from Concentration Camps

By On February 12, 2015

One of the most common drawings from a child (after stick figures) is a house with a chimney puffing curlicues of smoke. Because I Was A Painter features a lot of chimneys,… Read More

A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts
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A Chained Woman Navigates the Hell Out of Israeli Divorce Courts

By On February 11, 2015

In Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem, the heroine of the title finds herself imprisoned in a system that makes no sense: her marriage and the legal… Read More

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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

By On February 10, 2015

A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles: Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his… Read More

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The Israeli Film That Adds a Dark Twist to a Coming-of-Age Tale

By On February 9, 2015

The dark coming-of-age feature film Princess follows a 12-year-old Israeli girl, Adar (Shira Haas), who is failing out of school and emotionally distant. Her overworked mother, Alma (Keren Mor), holds down double… Read More

Jew Town Road in Old Cochin, Kochi, India.
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Jew Town, India’s Forgotten Jewish Haven

By On February 6, 2015

“Jew Town” may sound like a real estate agent’s neighborhood re-branding mistake, but it is–or was–a real place. In the Indian city of Kochi, it earned its clumsy but fitting nickname in… Read More

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The Rising (Jewish) Star of Professional Boxing

By On February 5, 2015

A muskeljude of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back—and in his fists. The “White Tiger”—so dubbed for his background in martial arts—is… Read More

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A 1980s Classic That Turns Jewish American Princesses into Paper Dolls

By On February 4, 2015

The Official JAP Paper Doll Book is an artifact of bad taste and excellent value. Originally published in 1983, it is out of print but available via sellers like eBay; it boasts on… Read More