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Race Uprooted: Foreign Observation, American Racism, and Yiddish Journalism through I.J. Singer’s 1932 “Harlem Cabaret”

In What I.J. Singer Saw in the Black Cabarets in Harlem” (1932), Singer offers an intri­cate — and often high­ly unset­tling and, at times, overt­ly racist — glimpse into how east­ern Euro­pean Jews imag­ined Black peo­ple and Black­ness” in America. 


2023, the “Year of Chava Rosenfarb” in Lodz

A future beyond any­thing Rosen­farb dared to imag­ine is now present, and it exists along­side the painful past. 


Briv funem arkhiv: Mojzesz Frostig, saved from the trash heap of history

This col­lec­tion — the inti­mate let­ters and a diary of an ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry Zion­ist politi­cian— was saved from obliv­ion by chance, found in a pile of trash in Israel. Through var­i­ous inter­me­di­aries, the col­lec­tion then end­ed up at the POLIN Muse­um of the His­to­ry of Pol­ish Jews in Warsaw.


Yiddish and the Jewish Voice in The Zone of Interest

Whether or not The Zone of Inter­est is a good film does not hinge on the usage of a minute-long melody. But I do believe its employ­ment tells us the film was impec­ca­bly researched by a Jew­ish direc­tor with a clear vision for who ought to say what, and when.


New Inspirations for Jewish Music: A Review of the Concert Inaugurating this Year's POLIN Music Festival

The POLIN Music Fes­ti­val is an event ded­i­cat­ed to the broad spec­trum of Jew­ish music. This year, the con­cert inau­gu­rat­ing the 6th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val took place on Feb­ru­ary 23rd at the POLIN Auditorium.


Review of Isaac Bashevis Singer's play "Enemies: A Love Story" at Lviv Theater

Bashe­vis Singer’s play takes on new mean­ing and rel­e­vance for Ukrain­ian audiences.


Reclaiming Aspects of the Jewish Past and Remixing Them: An Interview with Performance Artist Julie Weitz

Weaver inter­viewed Julie Weitz about her ongo­ing Doikayt project: A series of rit­u­al­is­tic, impro­vi­sa­tion­al per­for­mances at Jew­ish sites across East­ern Europe.


Loyt di Leyeners: Responses to “New Yiddish Poetry from the Israel-Gaza War”

We are pleased to share these respons­es in order to broad­en con­ver­sa­tion about poet­ry in the midst of disaster.


A Chagall Mural for Brandeis University?

Even with a copi­ous­ly doc­u­ment­ed fig­ure like Cha­gall, mys­ter­ies can remain. What hap­pened to the mur­al he was sup­posed to make for Bran­deis University?