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When King Kong’s Creator Was Interrogated by a Legendary Jewish Writer

By On October 10, 2017

Coincidences involving famous Jewish writers and a giant, stampeding ape don’t come around very often. This one begins with Russian Jewish author and diarist Isaac Babel, who documented the horrors of the… Read More

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This 1915 KKK-Loving Film Built a Jewish Movie Empire

By On May 30, 2017

You might not think you’ve heard of the Russian-born Jewish motion picture magnate Louis B. Mayer, but if you’ve heard of MGM Studios you have. Mayer, the second ‘M’ in MGM, made… Read More

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Nudie Cohn, Glittery Jewish Tailor to Elvis and the Grand Ole Opry

By On May 4, 2017

Something interesting started happening, fashion-wise, among America’s country music stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It seemed anyone who took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry—from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons—was… Read More

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Meet the Jewish Power Couple Behind Hollywood’s Iconic Films

By On May 3, 2017

It’s not often you get to see footage of the great Mel Brooks testifying that someone else “made him look like a great filmmaker.” Or countless producers, directors and film critics calling… Read More

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Watch Robert Duvall As an Anti-Semitic Sociopath

By On April 13, 2017

In 1960, two years before he played the reclusive hero Boo Radley in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, Robert Duvall played an anti-Semitic sociopath in a quickly forgotten film called Destiny’s… Read More

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The Real ‘Gidget’ Was a Jewish Surfer Girl Named Kathy

By On February 27, 2017

In the premiere episode of the current season of HBO’s Girls, creator and lead actress Lena Dunham revealed one of the great unsung Jewesses of American pop culture: California surfer girl Gidget. Yes,… Read More

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Meet Vicki Baum, 19th-Century Novelist & Boxer

By On February 3, 2017

If you thought you were productive today, consider that Vicki Baum, a Jewish writer born in Vienna in 1888, wrote over 50 novels in her lifetime. Also, she was a boxer. Born… Read More

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Audrey Hepburn Fought the Nazis as a Teen

By On January 25, 2017

Legend has it that during the Nazi occupation of Holland, a teenaged Audrey Hepburn slipped through the streets as a courier, relaying documents and money between groups of resistance fighters—all while withering… Read More

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The Original ‘Hollyweed’ Prankster was a Jewish Art Student

By On January 10, 2017

  Earlier this week, 30-year-old Zachary Cole Fernandez was arrested for a prank that Los Angelenos woke up to on New Year’s Day: The iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over the city’s… Read More

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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

How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Career in Comedy
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How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Comedy Career

By On August 29, 2016

How Jewish is Amy Schumer? Well, for starters, the Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress and writer traces her interest in stand-up comedy to her Long Island bat mitzvah. In her new collection of… Read More

Beverly Hills: Home of the Bark Mitzvah Since 1958
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Beverly Hills: Home of the Bark Mitzvah Since 1958

By On January 21, 2016

What’s your stance on whether dogs deserve equal access to the Torah? If you don’t have one, you’re about 60 years late to the party. The first documented bark mitzvah took place… Read More