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Jewish NFL star Mitch Schwartz embraces his inner chef during coronavirus quarantine

(JTA)-Fresh off his Super Bowl win in February, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Mitchell Schwartz took a vacation with his wife, Brooke, to St. Lucia. Little did they know that when they returned, they...

 
 By Emily Burack    Features    March 6, 2020

Native American Jewish justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis tells us how she made history

When Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis was sworn in to Washington's Supreme Court earlier this month, she became the second Native American person to serve on a state Supreme Court. "This was never somethi...

 

Taika Waititi's big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

(JTA)—When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit...

 

The minds behind 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' on how they aim to represent Jews on screen

NEW YORK (JTA)-"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" didn't add to its large collection of awards at the Golden Globes this year. But the third season of the celebrated series, now streaming on Amazon Prime,...

 

Are the Jewish mobsters referenced in 'The Irishman' real?

Very minor spoilers ahead for “The Irishman”—but nothing big, we promise. (JTA)—“The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s latest organized crime epic, became streamable on Netflix last week. Even if the significant digital de-aging of the...

 

Tony Shalhoub draws on his Lebanese background to play his Jewish 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' character

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a recent snowy afternoon, Tony Shalhoub is drinking tea in a room at the Whitby Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. He's in the midst of a long press day promoting season 3 of "The...

 

Anne Frank's childhood friend tells the story of the German official who saved her family

(JTA)-At age 92, Laureen Nussbaum is one of the few people still alive who personally knew Anne Frank. Nussbaum's family lived in the same Amsterdam neighborhood as the Franks, and Anne's father, Otto...

 

Jodi Kantor on what's changed since her Weinstein story unleashed a wave of #MeToo

NEW YORK (JTA)-When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017, it started a #MeToo revolution: Women began sharing personal experiences...

 

'Jojo Rabbit' doesn't glorify Nazis-it's a lesson in how hate is taught

(JTA)-"Jojo Rabbit" sounds like a film that is difficult to pull off amid the state of rising anti-Semitism in 2019. It's a comedy set during the Holocaust about a 10-year-old German boy being...

 

R.J. Palacio tells us why her new book is a Holocaust story

If your kids are of a certain age, they’ve probably read “Wonder,” the best-selling book about Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who, after being homeschooled his whole life, begins attending a school in fifth grade. It’s on...

 
 By Emily Burack    Features    May 31, 2019

All the 2019 Jewish Tony nominees

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday were dominated by "Hadestown," a musical about the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that garnered 14. One among the "Hadestown" nods was...

 

A family Haggadah imagines a 'complicated, engaging and fleshy' Passover

(JTA)-The Passover seder can be boring for kids. A new Haggadah is trying to change that. Published by Kveller, a Jewish parenting site, the Kveller Haggadah is "for curious kids-and their...

 
 By Emily Burack    News    March 8, 2019

Rabbi Meir Kahane and Israel's far right, explained

(JTA)-When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a partnership between the extreme right-wing party Jewish Power, or Otzma Yehudit, and the more moderate right-wing Jewish Home, the...

 

All the Jewish moments and ads from Super Bowl LIII

(JTA)—It would be hard to defend the Super Bowl as a “Jewish” event. However, this year, the big game had an unusually Jewish pop culture feel: both the game’s Most Valuable Player and its main halftime performer were Jewish, and Jewish...

 

The 50 best Jewish pop culture moments of 2018

What a year it was for Jews in pop culture. We can probably say that almost every year, but truly, in 2018, Jewish celebrities permeated the zeitgeist. “The Band’s Visit”—a musical set in Israel—swept the Tony Awards. Timothée Chamalet...

 
 By Emily Burack    News    March 23, 2018

How Never Again evolved from a Holocaust slogan to a universal call for [fill in the blank]

(JTA)—After a gunman took the lives of 17 students and staff at their high school in Parkland, Florida, students there launched a national campaign to promote gun control. They called for a major protest in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and are...

 

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