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The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy

NEW YORK (JTA)-In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that...

 

Three Italian brothers try to find the cave they lived in during the Holocaust

(JTA)-Renting a house in the Italian countryside and eating loads of pasta is about as blissful a vacation as they come. For the three Anati brothers, however, such a trip is a reminder of the horrors...

 

Chinese-Jewish chef finds inspiration on a North Dakota farm

(JTA)-Not much could have prepared Molly Yeh for moving from New York City to Grand Forks, North Dakota-a city of a little over 50,000 residents near the state's eastern border with Minnesota. At the...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

NASCAR's first Israeli driver is an unlikely success story

(JTA)-Israeli race car driver Alon Day's rise to the highest ranks of NASCAR has been an unexpected one for a variety of reasons Here's one of them: The 25-year-old has done the bulk of his training...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

Meet Diego Schwartzman, the best Jewish tennis player on earth

(JTA)-When Wimbledon starts next week, no other Jewish tennis player will be seeded higher than Diego Schwartzman. The scrappy 24-year-old from Argentina, fresh off an impressive five-set duel with...

 

A new website aims to bring Jew-ish millennial women together

(JTA)—If you’re a young Jewish woman—or if you just happen to love “Broad City” or wacky recollections of Jewish summer camp—there’s a new website for you. Alma, which was launched Tuesday by 70 Faces Media (JTA’s parent company),...

 

Touring with 'The World's Most Dangerous Band'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis...

 

Could Gal Gadot become the biggest Israeli superstar ever?

(JTA)-Try to think of the most famous Israelis in history. Not necessarily the most consequential or "important" ones-like any number of Nobel Prize winners or behind-the-scenes Middle East peace deal...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 9, 2017

This Israeli film about Orthodox Jews is a surprise hit overseas

(JTA)-It's safe to call the Israeli film "The Women's Balcony" the opposite of a Hollywood blockbuster. The movie, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, is a sensitive, slice-of-life story that focuses on the...

 

Gluten-free matzah: Here's what you should know

NEW YORK (JTA)—Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke—after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already. But for Jews with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage one’s intestinal lining, or gluten...

 

These two non-Jews are stars of Yiddish theater

NEW YORK (JTA)-Veteran actor Shane Baker has performed in three productions of "God of Vengeance," Sholem Asch's Yiddish classic about a brothel-owning family and their daughter's lesbian...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 3, 2017

Seven unexpected Birthright trips, from yoga to Instagrammed food

(JTA)-Birthright trips, the 10-day Israel tours offered free to young Jews, are so much part of mainstream culture that they have been copied by other religions, parodied on television shows like...

 

'Jewish Americana' music gets its moment in the spotlight

NEW YORK (JTA)-Saul Kaye never wanted to be a "Jewish blues" player. In his opinion, the Jewish music he had heard growing up in Northern California's Bay Area ranged from "really bad to horrible."...

 

This Orthodox weightlifting girl broke records-and is now the star of a new film

(JTA)-Have you seen "Supergirl" yet? No, we're not talking about the popular TV series about Superman's fair-haired cousin, currently in its second season on The CW. Rather, we're talking about the...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 12, 2016

Seven Jewish American Olympians to watch in Rio

(JTA)-There are athletes, and then there are Olympic athletes. And then there are Jewish Olympic athletes. When the 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday, we'll of course be cheering the...

 

This Jewish drummer, 24, is busking up the California coast to stomp out Crohn's disease

(JTA)-Gideon Grossman taps out rapid hip-hop beats on his compact setup of bucket drums. He beams at the camera. His drumming is so effortless, it's hard to believe he suffers from a sometimes-cri...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 22, 2016

The Dallas shooter wanted to stay in this anti-Semitic black militant group

(JTA)-Investigators may never know with certainty what combination of factors led Micah Xavier Johnson to methodically fire upon police officers in Dallas. Five white officers were killed in the...

 

Seven Elie Wiesel books that show the range of his influence

(JTA)-Most people know Elie Wiesel as the author of "Night," one of the first published autobiographical accounts of what life was like inside Nazi concentration camps. The book, which helped shape...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    April 8, 2016

A league of their own: A Jewish baseball museum, at last

(JTA)-‪When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, they can learn about the two most celebrated members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank...

 

David Bowie was into kabbalah and other Jewish facts about the late icon

(JTA)-It was clear long before the Internet swelled with heartfelt tributes to David Bowie that the late musician was an artistic legend. The 69-year-old Englishman, who died Sunday after an...

 

Inspiring Jews we lost in 2015

(JTA)-As 2015 winds to a close, we'd like to take a moment to honor the memories of those who we lost over the past 12 months. From remembering lives cut short by senseless, dark tragedies...

 

Seven Jewish Playboy playmates from 62 years of nudity

(JTA)-This post is safe for work. All those who claim to read Playboy "for the articles" might now actually mean it. Last Tuesday, Playboy announced that starting in March, its magazine will no...

 

Hillary Clinton talks to Lena Dunham about feminism, college years

(JTA)-In the wake of the never-ending email scandal and Bernie Sanders' rise in the polls, Hillary Clinton is feeling some serious heat in the 2016 presidential race. In an attempt to connect with...

 

Hurricanes: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

(JTA)—As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm? Sukkot, which began Sunday, runs through this...

 

Schilling compares Muslims to Nazis and gets suspended

(JTA)-As a top pitcher in Major League Baseball for nearly 20 years, Curt Schilling didn't make many errors. On Aug. 25, however, he acknowledged that he made a costly one. On that morning, the...

 

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