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sex drugs and rock n’ roll


This Jewish Punk Heroine Died Tragically Young

By On March 13, 2017

The early ‘80s were an exciting time in New York’s music scene, and a young Jewish woman stood at the center of it all. Ruth Polsky was a prominent club promoter on… Read More

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Jewish Founding Member

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Jewish Founding Member

By On November 16, 2015

Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers made it big with hits like “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away,” they were playing Los Angeles dive bars to a devoted local fan base.… Read More


Drugs and Strippers Under God

By On May 2, 2013

Polish Bar, a recent movie starring Judd Hirsch, Meat Loaf, and Richard Belzer (the Law and Order guy) is packed with the drama of what the filmmakers call Chicago’s “ludicrous underbelly”: money, drugs, sex, religion,… Read More


Hard to Hear

By On March 22, 2012

“Being the hearing child of deaf parents,” says stand-up comic Moshe Kasher in his new memoir, Kasher in the Rye, “is a membership card to a very elite club. To other deaf people, we aren’t… Read More


Drugs, Homelessness, and Hasidim

By On June 6, 2011

The Hasidic sect known as Chabad is famous for doing “outreach,” trying to introduce Jewish practice to unaffiliated Jews. But, as the short documentary Aliya shows, the goal of the Aliya House in the Chabad neighborhood of Crown Heights is to… Read More

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