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 By Emily Burack    News    February 4, 2022

All the Jewish athletes to watch at the 2022 Beijing Olympics

(JTA) - Despite the continuing COVID chaos and the mounting protests about China's human rights record, the 2022 Beijing Olympics are proceeding on schedule, just six months after the delayed Tokyo...


Spielberg, Ross among Jewish Golden Globes nominees

(JTA) — The Golden Globes won’t be televised, but there will be Jewish honorees — among them two directors at different stages of their directing careers. After numerous controversies have rattled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ...

 By Emily Burack    News    December 3, 2021

Greg Joseph, the NFL's only Jewish kicker, talks game-winning field goals

(JTA) - The only Jewish kicker in the NFL for years now, Greg Joseph is used to how mentally taxing the position can be. On Sunday, he found himself in another one of its do-or-die situations. With...


Memoirist Qian Julie Wang finally found a home with her fellow Jews of Color

Qian Julie Wang grew up in libraries. Coming to America at age 7, she was thrown into the brand new world of New York City. Soon, she was spending all her free time in her local Chinatown library,...


Diego Schwartzman wins US Open then meets his fan Ben Stiller

(JTA) — On a night that brought weather of biblical proportions to the U.S. Open in New York City, Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman prevailed over his opponent Kevin Anderson. But that wasn’t the only highlight of his night. Schwartzman’s R...


2021 Emmys Jewish nominees

(JTA) — At the last Emmy Awards, “Schitt’s Creek,” the comedy from Jewish father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, swept the night, winning every comedy category for its sixth and final season. While there’s no big Jewish show to cheer on for an...

 By Emily Burack    News    August 6, 2021

These Jewish athletes have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics

(JTA) — The Jewish highlights of the Tokyo Olympics kicked off with Jewish basketball superstar Sue Bird serving as one of Team USA’s two flag bearers at the opening ceremony, a huge honor. The lasting accolades, though, are the medals that...

 By Emily Burack    News    July 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: All the Jewish athletes to watch

(JTA) - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally happening, a full year after they were planned. And yes, they're still being called the 2020 Olympics, even though they're happening in 2021. The Jewish...

 By Emily Burack    News    June 18, 2021

Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev reaches French Open mixed doubles final

(JTA) - Perhaps it's beginners luck: Russian-Israeli tennis player Aslan Karatsev, playing mixed doubles for the first time, has reached the finals of the French Open with partner Elena Vesnina....


2021 NAACP Image Awards: The Jewish nominees, from Daveed Diggs to Doja Cat

(JTA) — Several Jewish stars are among the nominees for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate Black achievement in movies, television, music and literature. The list announced Tuesday features a mix of familiar Jewish names, such as the...


2021 Golden Globes: All the Jewish nominees, from 'Mank' to 'Borat' to 'Unorthodox'

(JTA) - "Schitt's Creek" is trying to pick up in the Golden Globes where it left off in the fall with its historic Emmys sweep. The show about a wealthy interfaith Jewish family was nominated...


The top 10 Jewish stories on 'Drunk History'

Drunk History, the beloved Comedy Central show where comedians get drunk and tell a story from history, was just canceled after six seasons. In honor of the show's fantastic run, we decided to...

 By Emily Burack    News    August 28, 2020

FBI Twitter account tweets link to files on 'Protocols of Elders of Zion'

(JTA) — An official FBI Twitter account drew criticism for tweeting a link to a 139-page selection of the bureau’s files on “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the infamously anti-Semitic early 20th century text that accuses Jews of world...


'Unorthodox,' 'Schitt's Creek,' 'Maisel' and more: Here are all the notable Jewish Emmy nominations for 2020

(JTA) - Though much about the 2020 Emmy Awards ceremony is not yet known, one thing is clear: Jewish TV stars are well positioned to clean up. Dozens of Jewish actors and creators were on the list...


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... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story


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,... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story


'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... Full story


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... Full story

 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... Full story


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