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This Orthodox Jewish Prizefighter Wrote a Kids’ Book

By On February 2, 2017

Trying to teach your kid the ABCs while instilling in them a passion for boxing? Orthodox Jewish prizefighter Dmitriy Salita has just the book for you. The Brooklyn-based welterweight’s new children’s book… Read More

The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Novel Was Banned for 200 Years

The Soviet Jewish Writer Whose Masterpiece Was Banned for 200 Years

By On February 3, 2016

In 1959, Soviet Jewish writer Vasily Grossman finished his magnum opus, the novel Life and Fate, an account of the Battle of Stalingrad during the Nazi invasion of the USSR and, simply,… Read More


The Greatest Soviet Jewish Artist You Never Heard Of

By On May 5, 2014

In a climate that spawned heavyweights like Marc Chagall, Sholem Aleichem, Irving Berlin, and Isaacs Asimov and Babel, it’s no surprise there were yet other Soviet-era Jewish artists who evaded mainstream recognition. El Lissitzky is one such fellow. A… Read More


“Goodbye, Boys!” & Forbidden Soviet Jewish Film

By On July 10, 2013

In the lazy summer days of the late 1930s, 3 Soviet teenagers roam the streets of a small seaside town as their youth slips away and WWII looms. The boys, one of whom… Read More


The Art’s In The Saltshaker

By On March 16, 2012

Eva Zeisel (1906-2011) was trained as a fine artist in Hungary, where she was born. Her talent led her to move to Germany and then the Soviet Union, where she became a renowned glassworker. Glasswork was a… Read More


Putting the Book in Facebook

By On March 9, 2012

Alex Epstein left the Soviet Union at the age of 8, in 1979, and settled with his parents in Israel. Now he’s the author of seven books in Hebrew (two have been translated into English), and a recipient of… Read More


Bagels and Lox, Russian Style

By On December 13, 2011

When Jewish immigrants left the Soviet Union and arrived in North America, they experienced huge culture shock. The way Vlada Bilyak tells it in her new documentary, much of her own cultural confusion came from the way… Read More

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