Five Jewish Things To Read: Aug. 10

Lynne Konstantin

Lynne Konstantin

1 Photographer Arlene Gottfried, sister of the comedian Gilbert and a Jewish woman who could sing gospel like Mahalia Jackson, has died. Read this article, written in 2014 when her exhibit “Sometimes Overwhelming” opened, about a woman dubbed an “NYC treasure.” TOP PHOTO: “Mommie Kissing Bubbie on Delancey Street, 1979”

2 How to talk dirty in Yiddish.

3 The 10 oldest synagogues in the world that are still active today – including one that is 850 years old.

4 Why Emma Lazarus, the Jewish woman behind the Statue of Liberty poem, has been in the news lately, and what the poem really means.

5 Polish villagers hold a Jewish wedding, without any Jews — part of a nostalgia for Jews phenomenon happening in Eastern Europe.

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