By Seth Chalmer I fear American Jewish culture may not survive Pandora and Spotify. How shall I explain? I was once told that the first song to sell a million copies was ‘The Maple Leaf Rag,” by Scott Joplin, in 1897. Actually, this is a myth. “The Maple Leaf Rag” was popular but didn’t sell nearly a million copies. Moreover, another song sold two million copies six years earlier. It was “After the Ball,” by Charles K. Harris. I only … [Read more...] about Cloud Streaming American Judaism
With the new academic year about to begin, nine leading Israeli artists will take up residency at colleges and universities across the U.S. through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists program. The Program, run under the auspices of the Israel Institute, has been bringing pieces of Israel's vibrant art scene to new audiences for the past eight years - and this year promises to be as colorful and thought-provoking as ever. The diverse … [Read more...] about Leading Israeli Artists are Coming to Campus
By Hannah S Pressman When Judah Met Moshe Moshe the Mensch is ready for his selfie, but are we ready for another Hanukkah mascot? The Hanukkah toy sensation, The Mensch on a Bench, started out last year as an explicit homage to the popular Christmas toy, The Elf on the Shelf. According to that toy’s lore, every scout elf adopted by a family can fly back and forth between the family’s home and Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. Neal … [Read more...] about How Menschy is the Mensch on a Bench?
Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 28, 2014 - Two decades in the making, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews unveiled today its eight-gallery Core Exhibition, showcasing 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. The museum, which stands on the historic site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising facing the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes, both memorializes and perpetuates Jewish life in Poland. Once home to the world’s largest Jewish community from which … [Read more...] about Poland’s New Jewish History Museum Opens
PEW-ISH, an unusual new project to expand the conversation about Jewish identity, especially among unaffiliated Jews, will launch with a special dramatic production of 10 new plays on June 26 at the Loft at Judson Memorial Church in New York. PEW-ISH was created following the 2013 release of the Pew Research Center's “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” which overwhelmingly shows that Jewish Americans feel pride in being Jewish but also underscored … [Read more...] about ‘PEW-ISH’ Offers Broad(er) Way for Jewish Engagement