Jewish Culture

Jewish culture and arts

Sholem Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem was one of the most beloved writers of Yiddish literature in the late 19th and early 20th century. He reached an unprecedented level of fame in his lifetime, and Jews from all around the world and of all religious backgrounds read his work.

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Food & Humor

Jewish Recipes

Jewish Recipes

Culinary treats for every occasion.

Jewish Humor

A tool for self-ridicule, fighting anti-Semitism, and even passing down traditions.

Hamantaschen

A recipe for triangular Purim cookies.

Jewish Humor Bank

Jokes, old and new, by and about Jews.

What is Jewish Humor?

One way that Jews, through the ages, have created an idea of themselves.

Film, Theatre & Dance

Film

Film

Jews have always played a key role in the American movie industry.

Theatre & Dance

From Yiddish theatre to Israeli folkdance.

Television

Looking at Judaism on the small screen.

Yiddish Theatre

A cultural phenomenon of Jewish America in the early 20th century.

Israeli Dance

Turning away from tradition and establishing its own roots.


Art, Language & Literature

Art

Art

The earliest pieces of Jewish art were religious objects.

Jewish Languages

Hebrew, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, and Judaeo-Arabic.

Literature

Storytelling has always been an integral part of Jewish life.

History and Centrality of Hebrew

The language of the Jewish sacred texts has undergone many changes over time.

I.B. Singer

The life and work of Yiddish literature's Nobel laureate.

Music & Sports

Music

Music

Jewish music today extends well beyond the synagogue, to the concert halls of Israel, the Klezmer revival, and the reggae of Matisyahu.

Jews in Sports

Jews have risen to fame in professional baseball, basketball, and boxing.

Secular Jewish Music

The category of secular Jewish music is as elusive as it is important.

Synagogue & Religious Music

Jewish prayer relies heavily on music.

Mah-Jongg

Jewish women have kept the game alive in North America.

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