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Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the genius
NEW YORK — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? No...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel’s fallen statesman
“Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” by Itamar Rabinovich. New Haven, Conn., Yale University Press, 2017. 244 pages. $25. For almost 25 years, I’ve been convinced that Yitzhak Rabin was pull...
May 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rabbi Akiva made the Jews who they are today, says biographer Holtz
It happened that Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Tarfon were reclining in B’nai B’rak. They were discussing the Exodus from Egypt all that night, unti...
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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This roller derby player goes by the name Hebrew-Ham Lincoln
NEW YORK — Dara Fineman may not be the only Jewish player in the Gotham Girls Roller Derby League, but she’s the only one who sports a Star of David painted over her eye. Her derby name is plenty J...
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A classic Yiddish operetta gets revived for a new generation
by Curt Schleier, JTA
Dec 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 364 364 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — “For a German Jew, Yiddish is beneath contempt,” musicologist Michael Ochs said. “German Jews tend to think of Yiddish as bad German. The only use we had in our family for it was to make...
The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion has its admirers
by Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA
Dec 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 367 367 recommendations | email to a friend
The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; ...
Eight ways to celebrate Chanukah that don’t involve gifts
by Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Dec 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 337 337 recommendations | email to a friend
Despite Chanukah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play — pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls that while growing up in a secular Jewish ...
Chanukah FAQs for non-Jews: All I want for Christmas is Jew
by Rachel Kurland
Dec 03, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 334 334 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s that time of year again: Christmas. Oh, and Chanukah, too. For non-Jews, Chanukah has been built up to be perceived as the most important Jewish holiday, even though we all know the High Holid...
You down with RBG? Highlights from the new biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Erica Brody, JTA
Nov 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 340 340 recommendations | email to a friend
Ever wonder what the perfect pop-culture storm looks like? Hurricane Ruth — as in Bader Ginsburg — was brewing among millennials, feminists and across social media platforms before it made landfall...
AJM exhibit puts Jane Haskell’s creativity in the spotlight
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 342 342 recommendations | email to a friend
Jane Haskell was an artist, philanthropist and patron of the arts who worked in a variety of media to create paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Haskell (1923- 2013) is best known for ...
Yiddish theater helped prepare actress for Benedum
by Toby Tabachnick, Senior Staff Writer
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 341 341 recommendations | email to a friend
Who would have thought that performing in the Yiddish theater would prepare an actress for a national tour of a Tony Award-winning musical? Who knew the Yiddish theater was still a thing? Up until ...
New book delves into past, present and future of Chabad
by Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
Nov 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 343 343 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s been 12 years since Rabbi Eric Yoffie, then the president of the Union of Reform Judaism, pointed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement as a source of inspiration for his own movement’s synagogues ...
Retro Review: In a simpler time, ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ hits the mark on the Lower East Side immigrant story
by Hilary Daninhirsch, Chronicle Correspondent
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 332 332 recommendations | email to a friend
Prior to the 1950s, literature for and about Jewish children was sparse, if practically nonexistent.  That all changed with the publication of “All-of-a Kind Family” in 1951. The book was groundbre...
Did a Jewish woman blaze a new path for women in pro baseball?
by Hillel Kuttler, JTA
Nov 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 335 335 recommendations | email to a friend
For Justine Siegal, attending Opening Day games of the Cleveland Indians with her grandfather led to a lifelong passion for baseball — and dreams of one day playing for the Tribe. “Heaven,” she cal...