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 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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    January 27, 2017

'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."...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    November 18, 2016

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    August 5, 2016

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 15, 2016

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    January 22, 2016

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Life Cycles    January 1, 2016

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    October 23, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    October 9, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    October 9, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    September 25, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    September 18, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    September 18, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    September 11, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 31, 2015

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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 24, 2015

U2 dedicates performance of 'One' to Shimon Peres

(JTA)-Former Israeli President Shimon Peres may be a big U2 fan, but it seems like Bono is an even bigger Shimon Peres fan. Peres was in Toronto for an economic conference and attended U2's...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 5, 2015

Holocaust film upends the genre

(JTA)-Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it's unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative. But the new film "Son of Saul," the first by Hungarian...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    May 8, 2015

NFL schedule: Football starts on Rosh Hashanah

(JTA)— On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life. But Jewish football fans may be spending the holiday thinking about something else: the NFL opening games they are missing. The 2015 NFL schedule was...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    May 1, 2015

Clinton's campaign logo looks a lot like Hadassah's

(JTA)- Critics love to nitpick Hillary Clinton's personal and policy choices, as they have during the recent email scandal and the Benghazi scandal. This time, however, the critics may have a...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    April 24, 2015

Photos of the soon-to-be gone Streit's matzah factory

NEW YORK (JTA)-As the Streit's matzah factory on the Lower East Side gets set to close, Jews in New York City and beyond are feeling the nostalgia. The last family-owned matzah company in the...

 

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