Jewish Studies

Book cover of Jewish Comedy and portrait of Jeremy Dauber
Jeremy Dauber, the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the department of Slavic languages, was well aware that “analyzing comedy runs the risk of killing it.” Still, he forged ahead, chronicling the arc of Jewish humor.
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Center, Columbia University
The Center, which focuses on the history, life, religion, and literature of Judaism, has a new space befitting its history in a sunny suite of offices in Kent Hall.
Zero Mostel as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof."

Tradition! Tradition! Alisa Solomon, a professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, has written a book about a musical that was so wildly successful, it became a tradition all its own.

Sholem Aleichem

When the writer Sholem Alecheim died in 1916, his funeral was one of the largest public gatherings ever seen in New York City. As many as 200,000 people lined the streets of the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens to watch his funeral cortege pass by.

(Editor's note: The following story and slideshow were published on Sept. 14, 2012. The video was published on Dec. 6, 2012.)