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NYC’s Bygone Era of Jewish Romanian Steakhouses

By On March 31, 2017

These days people in search of a nice kosher meal wind up at a kosher version of anything from Japanese to French to good old Chinese. But if you were around New York… Read More

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Meet the Harlem Globetrotters’ Jewish Basketball-Spinning Founder

By On March 1, 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters are known for gravity-defying slam dunks, trick shots and improbable long shots. What’s less known is that the razzle-dazzle comedic showmanship was the idea of British-born Jewish businessman Abe… Read More

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How a Violin Brought a Holocaust Survivor and a 12-Year-Old Girl Together

By On February 23, 2017

“How long can you live with memories?” asks 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold at the start of Joe’s Violin, an astounding Oscar-nominated short documentary. It’s not an easy question to answer, but his new… Read More

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The Nazi History of This Yiddish Protest Banner

By On January 23, 2017

Among the sea of signs, pink hats, and protesters that flooded the streets of New York City at Saturday’s Women’s March was one standout: A bright red banner with hand-lettered lyrics from… Read More

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This Holocaust Jacket Sold for $2 at a Yard Sale

By On November 22, 2016

Two dollars won’t even get you a subway ride in NYC today. But for the family of Benzion Peresecki, it helped piece together an incredible story of survival from the Dachau concentration… Read More

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NYC’s Radical Yiddish Puppets Are Back

By On October 26, 2016

  Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler met almost a century ago, but their puppets are making sure their legacy continues. Maud and Cutler were both Jews who’d fled Eastern Europe for New… Read More

Izzy Young, The American Folk Music Legend Who Ran Away to Sweden
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Izzy Young, The American Folk Music Legend Who Ran Away to Sweden

By On February 10, 2016

  A few months ago, twenty shipping boxes arrived at the American Folklife Center in Washington, DC. Inside were journals, manuscripts, photographs and recordings of some of America’s greatest musicians, including Pete… Read More

An Extraordinary But Little-Known Jewish Filmmaker Explores the Nature of Cinema
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The Little-Known Jewish Filmmaker Exploring the Nature of Film

By On January 29, 2016

Brooklyn-born avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs has been testing the boundaries of cinema for six decades. His first film “Orchard Street” (1956) portrays the vanishing Jewish immigrant population on the Lower East Side… Read More

Marilyn Monroe's Rabbi Sent Fan Mail to MLK, Jr.
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Marilyn Monroe’s Rabbi Marched in Selma With MLK, Jr.

By On January 24, 2016

  Rabbi Robert E. Goldburg was the beloved spiritual leader of Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, Connecticut for 34 years. His sermons were energizing and sometimes controversial, tackling tough issues like civil… Read More

When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows with Pushcart Peddlers
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When Jewish Palm Readers Rubbed Elbows With Pushcart Peddlers

By On December 28, 2015

  If you peel back the layers of wallpaper in any older New York City apartment, you’re bound to find something intriguing—even if it’s only more ugly wallpaper. A decade ago, though,… Read More

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NYC’s Subway is Plastered With Nazi Insignia. WTF?

By On November 24, 2015

  Three questions: Do you live in New York City? Do you take the subway to work? Did you feel like you woke up in a fascist dystopia this morning? If you… Read More

The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back
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The Jewish Women Who Broke Big Garment’s Back

By On October 6, 2015

If on Labor Day you hadn’t already thanked a union for your weekends and overtime, here’s your chance to make amends. This month marks the 106th anniversary of the International Ladies Garment… Read More

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