This week on Unorthodox, how Chinese food and movies became a Jewish Yuletide classic, the Jews behind your favorite Christmas songs, and why Soviet Jews have ‘Christmas’ trees
Tablet’s Broadway preview features Nick Kroll playing an old Jewish New Yorker, the music of Irving Berlin, and a play co-written by the late Ben Hecht
A talk about the famed composer at New York’s Eldridge Street Synagogue included performances by the cast of ‘Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical,’ who sang the little-known ‘Yiddisha Eskimo’
Images of Palestine and Egypt in 1894, new immigrants arriving at Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, a 14th century mahzor, Irving Berlin, and so much more
All is not as it was for Jews in America
Die Hard, Scrooged, Trading Places, and more
The Red Star Line carried half a million Jewish refugees from Europe as they fled pogroms, anti-Semitism, and the Nazis
The historical relationship—and the proximity to power it afforded—enabled wider acceptance of Jews in America
The top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’
Plus Israeli Interior Minister orders detention of Sudanese immigrants
Plus the new Tahrir Square turns 1, and more
Zero Mostel, Emma Goldman, and George Gershwin all worked on the stretch of Manhattan’s West 28th Street once known as Tin Pan Alley. Now it’s Tablet Magazine’s home, too, so let’s explore the neighborhood.
As the curtain rises on the musical Baby It’s You!, music critic Jody Rosen discusses its subject, Florence Greenberg, the New Jersey housewife behind the Shirelles and Dionne Warwick
Site of famous coaster up for sale
What are the 100 greatest Jewish songs ever? Tablet Magazine’s musicologists rank them all, from sacred to pop to hip-hop, from Rabbi Akiva to Amy Winehouse.
The ten best holiday songs penned by Jews
A new history argues that it was a single play—Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!—that ushered in the beginning of Broadway’s Golden Age
Rufus, Sting, Lou Reed, and a celebration of David Lehman’s Nextbook Press book
David Lehman, author of ‘A Fine Romance,’ offers insights into the American songbook
What the new Tin Pan Alley Rag teaches us about Irving Berlin and the other Jews who wrote the American songbook
Parodies that make us cringe today used to make people roar. A music critic discovers Abie Cohen, the Jewish version of Aunt Jemima.