What do Jonah Hill's mom and Adam Levine's mom have in common?
The answer is: a lot.
In addition to being moms to three of the most famous Jewish celebrities working today — Sharon…Feldstein to both is mom to actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein; Patsy Noah's son Adam Levine is Maroon 5's frontman — the pair have a long history as friends. Feldstein and Noah met in 1973 through their boyfriends, who had met in the principal's office in junior high. Both New York natives, they remained… >> Read More
Henry Street Settlement, a New York social services organization founded by Jewish American Lillian Wald, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. And what a year it's been: In February, the…organization received its largest ever single gift from an individual. A whopping $6.24 million gift was donated posthumously by a New Yorker, Sylvia Bloom, who worked as a secretary. It was part of a fortune that no one — including her close friends and family — knew she had. As The New York Times reported, "Since Ms.… >> Read More
Ilan Cohen is only 17 years old. He can't vote yet and he has never been to Kansas — but that isn't stopping him from officially running for governor of that state.
Why is Cohen, a junior at…the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in suburban Washington, D.C., campaigning to become the governor of Kansas? Because he can. Cohen spoke to our sister site, JTA, saying that politics isn't just for "grown-ups." He makes that clear on his campaign website, CohenForKansas.com: One of the key reasons behind this candidacy is teen participation in political… >> Read More
Editor's note: Andrew Goodman was a 20-year-old Jewish civil rights advocate who joined Freedom Summer, a project that aimed to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi in 1964. On his first…day, he and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Goodman's parents, Robert and Carolyn Goodman, started The Andrew Goodman Foundation in order to honor their son's memory and continue his work. Following is an excerpt from a speech that Carolyn Goodman gave at the… >> Read More
KATIE EDER, 17, was not a huge fan of writing as a kid. Especially not all the book reports and assignments that she got in school. But after getting injured in figure skating, her parents saw that…she needed a new way to express herself artistically and they signed her up for a creative writing class. It was the first time she experienced the magic of writing in her own voice. Finding your voice on the page is really at the heart of Katie’s organization, Kids Tales. It started out as 10 kids… >> Read More