My Summer in Odessa

This week in Jewcy, our partner site

Sundown: Bar Refaeli, Bar None

Plus among the Hasidim undercover and in drag, and more

Odessa Story: Reading Isaac Babel in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Black Sea port has lost most of its Jews, but not the vestiges of the muddled, criminal city Isaac Babel imagined

Brittle Odessa

Cosmopolitan yet barbarous, Jew-filled and Jew-free, remote but central—a new history explores the Black Sea port city’s many contradictions

Sundown: Violence in Cairo

Plus conflict among the neocons, and more

Lobster Necks and Red Balloons

Sholem Aleichem’s fame rescued his family from war-torn Odessa. His granddaughter went back to gaze at her “jewel on the sea.”

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