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The Jewish Starlets of India’s “Bollywood” Cinema

By On December 19, 2016

The Jewesses of Bollywood were small but mighty. Bollywood – a term often used to describe India’s film industry – produces a thousand films annually that are viewed by 3 billion people… Read More


Leonard Nimoy’s Totally Campy ‘80s Pop Cameo

By On October 5, 2016

  If you’re a Gen X’er, you may remember Information Society, that crazy-haired ‘80s synthpop band with the No. 1 single “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy).” The 1988 club hit makes… Read More


How To Talk Like a Holocaust Scholar

By On September 28, 2016

Historian Deborah Lipstadt is used to giving lectures on the Holocaust at Emory University — not recording the way she says mundane phrases like “goodnight.” But that’s exactly what she did to… Read More


This Austrian Jew Played ‘Fiddler’s’ Tevye 2000 Times

By On September 23, 2016

A couple months ago, the world lost a truly singular talent: a man of exceptional range and kindness, a real gutte neshuma (a good soul). That man was 91-year-old Theodore Bikel: actor, singer,… Read More


The Upper West Side Rabbi Who Moonlights as a Hollywood Actor

By On September 14, 2016

Maybe you saw him at synagogue discussing Maimonides. Or on the Upper West Side of New York City, ordering his favorite falafel platter. But if you have a keen eye, you could… Read More

The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

The Nazi-Defying Grandfather of Actress Helena Bonham Carter

By On June 27, 2016

The award-winning English film and television actress Helena Bonham Carter probably could have gone on to a career in diplomacy had acting not so caught her fancy. She certainly had the family… Read More


The Jewish Mother of Modern Acting

By On May 16, 2014

Legendary actor and acting teacher Stella Adler was put onstage as soon as she could walk and never left. The newly released first biography of Adler (written by yours truly) explores how the daughter… Read More


An Undercover Jewess, Uncovered

By On October 22, 2013

Jews have long had their place in every aspect in the movie business—and we mean every aspect. In 1933, Ecstasy, the first film to depict sexual intercourse and the female orgasm—not to mention… Read More


Hogan’s Heroes

By On January 30, 2012

If you described the 1960s TV show Hogan’s Heroes as a “sitcom about a German P.O.W. camp during  World War II,” you’d probably receive more than a few surprised looks–but that’s exactly what it… Read More


Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

By On January 19, 2012

Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) was a star of Yiddish vaudeville and American films. She was born as Sophie Kalish in Tolchin, Ukraine. Her family immigrated to the United States and opened a diner where Sophie sang for tips.… Read More


Emma Lazarus Live!

By On November 1, 2011

If you’ll be passing through New York City this fall, we’ve got a great tour for you–and a great tour guide. The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s newest exhibit, “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” opened… Read More


The Dybbuk Inside

By On October 31, 2011

In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a wandering spirit of a dead person that possesses a living person. Often, the dead person has unresolved business on Earth or an unsettled score to avenge. This demon became… Read More