The history and creativity that define Jewish Philly: food, literature, arts and entertainment.

What Is an Egg Cream and Why Is it So Jewish?

An egg cream was my father’s kitchen claim to fame.

Cantor Concert Comes Together From Afar

Cantor David Tilman was not used to conducting a choir he couldn’t see. Though his ensemble members were invisible to him, they were far from...

Orchestra Promotes Jewish-Arab Dialogue

A new partnership between an orchestra in Israel and a nonprofit in Philadelphia began with Rabbi David Straus playing matchmaker. The Main Line Reform Temple...

The Jewish History of May Day and Labor Activism

May Day might conjure images of flower garlands and maypoles as a traditional European spring festival, but the May 1 holiday is also a...

NMAJH Leads Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, and the National Museum of American Jewish History is enmeshed in the nationwide annual education project it began...
Black and white headshot of Sen. Joe McCarthy

Series Examines Legacy of Sen. Joe McCarthy

Dick Levinson knows the tumultuous political climate of the past five years didn’t appear out of thin air. When he heard political pundits claim President...

Pandemic Fashion: Going Beyond the Mask

In 2020, comfort was key. Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, saw the popularity of items like sweatpants, sneakers and leggings skyrocket...

Rabbi Abel Respes Spent Lifetime Urging Jews of Color to Discover Their Roots

The late Rabbi Abel Respes, the subject of a Black History Month webinar this week, always knew his family was different. Born in 1919 to...

Langhorne Slim’s New Album Inspired By Singer’s Jewish Grandparents

Anyone will tell you that 2020 was a tough year, but Langhorne Slim’s 2019 was no picnic, either. The Jewish singer-songwriter was unable to make...

How Chanukah Returned to Amsterdam’s Royal Concert Hall Decades After the Holocaust

By Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM — There’s a huge pipe organ where the Torah ark should be, but otherwise this city’s Royal Concert Hall looks, sounds and...