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 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 23, 2017 

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...

 

Does Donald Trump know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

(JTA)-Donald Trump has called the Iran deal "terrible" in recent months. But in an interview on Sept. 3, the current Republican front-runner revealed some gaps in his knowledge of the Middle East. Tru...

 

What makes a mensch? A 'digital diva' wants to know

(JTA)-"Our technology has exceeded our humanity," Albert Einstein allegedly once lamented. But filmmaker Tiffany Shlain-who utilizes an online, collaborative process and distribution method she dubs...

 

The Reform movement's new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

(JTA)—When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 31, 2015

Thousands protest the Iran deal at Times Square rally

(JTA)-New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was not actually in New York on Wednesday, but the Democrat's influence on the fate of the Iran deal loomed large when several thousand people descended on Times...

 

Jon Stewart looks back at his Jewish moments

(JTA)—For years it has been written about, and on the night of July 23 it was sealed: Jon Stewart is proud to be Jewish. With just two weeks left before he leaves “The Daily Show” following a 16-year run as host—and well ahead of the High...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 24, 2015

For Americans making aliyah, lacrosse, army service and real estate dreams beckon

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Professional lacrosse player Chase Clark was told that there are three keys to survival in Israel: Realize that everyone else thinks their time is more important than yours, avoid the...

 

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