Arts & Culture

Of Barry Goldwater, Sandra Bernhard and Eight Other Things About Jewish Arizona

By Forward Staff

Barry Goldwater inherited his Jewish dad’s department store and Irving Berlin wrote ‘White Christmas’ in the Grand Canyon state. Here are 8 other things about Arizona.Read More

The Art of Laurie Simmons Directly Challenges the Viewer

By Elyssa Goodman

Laurie Simmons is far more than Lena Dunham’s mom. The daring artist’s images challenge the viewer and take direct aim at our ideals of beauty.Read More

Chilly Scenes of Cleveland Shuls

By Beth Kissileff

What happens when a senior rabbi announces from the pulpit on Rosh Hashanah that he is suffering from ALS? In his posthumously published novel, Raphael Silver chronicles the power struggle.Read More

Fear, Trembling and Madness After Bibi’s Re-Election

By Tuvia Tenenbom

Tuvia Tenenbom traveled across Israel as the nation voted to reelect Benjamin Netanyahu. He tells about voting your way into heaven, bacon, and the gloomiest day Tel Aviv has ever known.Read More

Daniel Weiss Calls Metropolitan Museum Job Running the 'Yankees' of Art

By Hillel Kuttler

Visiting the Memorial de Caen museum in Normandy, France, in 1996, Daniel Weiss was captivated by eight photographs showing the public hanging of three partisans in Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 26, 1941.Read More

Anatomy of the Murderers

By Julia M. Klein

Was Hitler mad? And how much support did he get from the German people? In a new essay collection, historian Richard J. Evans tackles some of the thorniest issues surrounding the Holocaust.Read More

Cut and Paste Your Ancestors

By Liana Finck

In need of Jewish ancestors? Liana Finck has some for you — just cut out and display!Read More

'Felix and Meira' Reaches Into a Cloistered World — and Beyond

By Ezra Glinter

In ‘Felix and Meira,’ director Maxime Giroux opens a window on the nuances of Hasidic life. And he creates a beautiful and bittersweet story at the same time.Read More

Heard the One About the Jewish Musical That's Better Than You'd Think?

By Jesse Oxfeld

‘It Shoulda Been You,’ a new Jewish-bride-marries-gentile musical, sounds like a stream of cliches. But Jesse Oxfeld says it turns out to be a lot smarter than that.Read More

Pot Seder Aims To Put Legalization on the Passover Table

By Rebecca Spence

The fine print at the haziest Seder in the land ever explained the facts: While Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana use last November, the measure wouldn’t take effect until July 1.Read More

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