• Free dose of Jewish guilt with your 7-Eleven slurpee

    Today is Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven, which celebrates its 84th birthday today. Not much of a connection the Archive, as far as we can tell: Two tangential references to the famed convenience store franchise were made in 2006. (It was mentioned in a travel guide of Bangkok written by a Jewish American and employed as a… More ▸

  • Alaska Jewish Museum job opportunity

    Are you a Jewish history geek with an adventurous side? This recent job listing may be the answer to your prayers: The Alaska Jewish Museum is seeking a full-time Researcher and Exhibit Developer who will assist the Director in the research and development of the permanent exhibits to achieve the mission of the Alaska Jewish… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Burns likes Obama’s stance on Iran, Fleischer calls Obama new Carter (UPDATED)

    Former Bush administration official Nicholas Burns says Barack Obama is right: The United States should talk to adversaries like Iran, in Newsweek. Former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer calls Barack Obama “the Jimmy Carter of the 21st century” and brings up Jeremiah Wright when talking to Jewish voters in Las Vegas, reports the Wall Street… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Schlep talk, Coleman pulls negative ads

    Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) says Yom Kippur convinced him to withdraw all his negative ads in his race against Al Franken. The New York Times looks at Andy Martin, the “man behind the whispers about Obama” who has a trail of anti-Jewish comments in his past. Newsweek says Sarah Palin is costing John McCain Jewish… More ▸

  • Is Sarah Palin Jewish? UPDATED

    The short answer is, probably not. You might have seen the genealogies circulating on the net – here’s one – claiming she’s a descendant of one Schmuel Sheigam, a Lithuanian Jew. I’ve run the info past folks at the National Archives. A search of immigration records shows no Sheigam – or Sheeran, as the Ellis… More ▸

  • Alaska. Iran.

    Get the connection? Umm, winter sports? Check. (Iran has some killer ski slopes, I hear.) Indigenous religious beliefs tied to the apocalypse? Okay. Crazed political leaders anticipating the demise of the United States? And forming a mutual admiration society? Whoa. In fairness, the Salon story on the Alaska Independence Party’s oddball founder Joe Vogler and… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Silverman talks about the “schlep,” new ads and more

    Sarah Silverman talks to the New York Times about her video for “The Great Schlep.” The National Jewish Democratic Council’s new advertisement deals with energy independence, while the Republican Jewish Coalition’s latest is about Obama’s statement that he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “without preconditions.” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff reveals that Barack Obama’s campaign… More ▸