A Jewish Museum exhibit on the New York Photo League shows how its photographers fetishized poverty for the sake of propaganda
The pickle, reviled by American food purists, was a staple of the Jewish immigrant diet
Plus hip prayer shawls, McCain calls for Pollard’s release, and more
On the late Lou Reed’s 69th birthday, Elizabeth Wurtzel explained that contrary to the assertions of Philip Roth and others, the problem with Jewish male artists is not that they are too nice
Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, a master of expressive improvisation, leads a talented wave of expatriate musicians flooding the New York jazz scene
Josh Yuter, punny Twitterer
When immigrant Lower East Side moms rioted over tonsillectomies
Plus Cantor ups profile, ‘TAL’ takes last breath, and more
When I lived upstairs from the Jewish Defense Organization, Hitler was a presence on the Lower East Side
Plus leave Chomsky alone! and more
Two Jewish theater companies, three opinions
Plus happy 100th to a New York knishery, and more
American Girl teaches the economic realities of the old Lower East Side—and of today
Lower East Side picklery to lose name, too
Are there any more decent pickles in Manhattan?
Moishe Nadir wrote Yiddish stories for American audiences—on deadline
A look at Abraham Hochman, 19th-century Lower East Side clairvoyant
What else could New York’s Eldridge Street Synagogue call a celebration of its Chinatown neighborhood?
An elegant history of a Lower East Side landmark
A tour of Streit’s matzo factory, while it’s still in the neighborhood
How a tubercular shoemaker became a great Yiddish poet
What happens when 100 klezmer musicians from around the world gather for a photo op?
Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin inspired fury and adulation
After 90 years, a Lower East Side institution shut its doors
An audio tour of a well-worn candy store on the Lower East Side
Why the Yiddish workers’ movement was an American phenomenon
How a faraway girlhood became part of my own
Jonathan Rosen talks about the tortured vision of Henry Roth. With a reading from Call It Sleep.