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is JTA's editorial assistant. She was a Fulbright scholar in Ukraine. Her poetry and nonfiction writing have been published in Tuesday Magazine, the Gamut, The Birch, Tablet, The Starry Night Review and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @chick_in_kiev.


  • Jon Stewart on filming in — and talking about — the Middle East

    The Daily Show host has been accused of being a Zionist tool and a self-hating Jew, all for expressing his opinions on the Middle East.

  • Yale chaplain blames anti-Semitism on Israel

    A controversial letter from an Episcopal chaplain has resulted in a heated debate over the causes of anti-Semitism.

  • ‘Rubble bucket challenge’ is latest online salvo in Gaza conflict

    Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and the IDF’s hummus-based version — some Gazans have created a social-media campaign that asks supporters to douse themselves in rubble.

  • Sex and the centenarian

    Shirley Zussman, at 100 years old, is still an actively practicing sex therapist in Manhattan.

  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    In the aftermath of 90-year-old Hedy Epstein’s arrest for political protest, critics have questioned her status as a Holocaust survivor.

  • Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don’t get many wins

    In the past two years, campus divestment activists have brought measures targeting Israel to student government votes at universities across the country.

  • A satirical neologism becomes a weapon in the fight over Ukrainian Jewry

    A strange new term — “Yid-Banderite” — is being tossed around ironically to describe Jewish supporters of the Ukrainian revolution.

  • Katy Perry, bar mitzvah DJ?

    Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise. Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as “Yosef Shulem,” a bar mitzvah DJ who has a penchant…

  • Andrew Garfield says Spiderman is Jewish

    Andrew Garfield, a British actor most famous for playing the iconic superhero in the most recent run of Spiderman movies, has given us a new Spidey revelation in advance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2″: Peter Parker is totally Jewish. “Peter Parker is not a simple dude,” the slender actor told Time Out London. “He ums…

  • Don’t call her ScarJo

      It turns out that Scarlett Johansson, everyone’s favorite Jewish ‘it’ girl, has a beef with fans: the 29-year- old actress hates the nickname ScarJo. “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant,” she said in the May issue of Glamour magazine. “And there’s something kind of violent about it….