How Hank Greenberg Desegregated Baseball

Posted on January 15th, 2017
BY JARED SICHEL for Jewniverse


In 1954, one year before the debut of Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg was the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. Under Bronx-born Greenberg, the Indians had more black ballplayers than any other team. Greenberg didn’t care whether his players were white or black—just that they were good at baseball. And good they were: The Indians won the American League pennant that year.

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How Debbie Reynolds Became Carrie Fisher’s Perfect Jewish Mother

Posted on January 8th, 2017
Benjamin Ivry for The Jewish Daily Forward


The witty, multitalented performer Debbie Reynolds, who died on December 28 at age 84, just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher, surprisingly found herself associated with Judaism both on screen and off.

From celebrity notoriety as the decidedly non-Jewish spouse of Jewish singer Eddie Fisher, Reynolds survived her marriage’s breakup and went on to be cast onscreen as Jewish or crypto-Jewish mothers in later life. TV viewers relished her appearances in the hit comedy “Will & Grace” as Bobbi Adler, Grace’s mother, a frustrated singer and actress who interferes with her children’s personal lives, to the dismay of her husband Martin Adler, played by Alan Arkin. Joyce Antler’s “You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother” classes Bobbi Adler as a “stern-faced, nagging, guilt-tripping caricature” alongside Jewish mothers on such sitcoms as “The Nanny,” “Seinfeld,” and “Suddenly Susan.” Yet unlike these characters, Bobbi Adler as incarnated by Reynolds benefited from the actress’ exuberant glee, charm, and good looks, even when acting out naughtily.

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The Jewish Starlets of India’s “Bollywood” Cinema

Posted on January 1st, 2017
BY ABBY SHER for Jewniverse


The Jewesses of Bollywood were small but mighty.


Bollywood – a term often used to describe India’s film industry – produces a thousand films annually that are viewed by 3 billion people worldwide. What many of those viewers don’t know is that Jewish women essentially birthed this rich art.

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8 Jews To Watch Out for at the Golden Globes This Year

Posted on December 25th, 2016
By Thea Glassman for The Jewish Daily Forward


Nominations rolled in Monday morning for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and there’s plenty for us to get excited about.

From “Transparent” to Natalie Portman, we rounded up all of the Jew-iest shows and Jewish actors to get a nod this year.

The award show, hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, will air live Sunday, January 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST.


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Rembrandt And The Jews

Posted on December 18th, 2016
Diane Cole for The Jewish Week


It’s a myth that won’t go away that Rembrandt was Jewish. (His mother was Catholic; his father Protestant.)   But is there a Christian artist whose renderings of Biblical scenes speak more deeply to the Jewish soul?

No argument there, judging from the overflow crowd that piled into the auditorium of New York’s Yeshiva University Museum on a recent Sunday to hear an all-star line-up of scholars and intellectuals discuss the enduring connections between Rembrandt and the Jews. The symposium, which featured Simon Schama and Leon Wieseltier among others, was co-sponsored by the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought of University and by the Yeshiva University Museum. The Straus Center’s director Meir Soloveichik and the museum’s director, Jacob Wisse, moderated the day’s events.      

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