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TV’s Panicky New Shtetls

From a strange small town in Idaho to a menacing desert island, summer programming is all about anxious, insular communities

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How the Concept of Shtetl Moved From Small-Town Reality to Mythic Jewish Idyll

From Fiddler to Foer, shtetl portrayals are idealized. Jeffrey Shandler shows how they went from fact to fantasy.

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Reality TV’s New Immigrants

In pageant show Honey Boo Boo, pop culture finally has a convincing take on the aspirations of newcomers

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Two Step

After attending one cookie-cutter Orthodox wedding after another, a question arises: Are these rituals being performed in meaningful ways?

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Soviet Unions

An American moves to St. Petersburg, Russia—where Jews were once forbidden to live—and finds Jewishness has social currency, especially for dating