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 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 8, 2021

Those we lost in 2020: Remembering the rabbis, pioneers and innovators

(JTA) - There's no way to tally all those we lost in 2020, a year when we mourned even our ability to carry out time-tested rituals of grief. Among those who died this year were some of the Jewish...

 

9 heartwarming Jewish stories from 2020, a year to otherwise forget

(JTA) - There's no sugarcoating it: 2020 was a difficult, trying, tragic year. But just because COVID-19 dominated the headlines and our personal lives, that doesn't mean there weren't any Jewish...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 1, 2021

Israel will have new election in March - fourth in two years

(JTA & JNS) - Israel's Knesset, or parliament, dissolved Tuesday night after failing to pass the 2020 budget, triggering the need for a new election. The exact date could change through a...

 

Gal Gadot gets Jimmy Fallon to try gefilte fish for the first time

(JTA) — Gal Gadot may act in American blockbusters these days, but she’s still an Israeli through and through. So there are some quintessential foods she has never tried. Jimmy Fallon took advantage of this fact for a tasty segment with the...

 

Over 50,000 Israelis have already visited the UAE since peace deal signing

(JTA) — Over 50,000 Israelis have visited the United Arab Emirates since the recent normalization pact between Israel and the UAE, according to a report this week in The Washington Post. That number is the result of only two weeks of open commercia...

 

The real story behind 'Mank,' the new movie about the Jewish screenwriter who brought us 'Citizen Kane'

(JTA) - Acclaimed director David Fincher's highly anticipated film "Mank," on the Jewish screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz and the story behind his writing of the classic film "Citizen Kane," hits...

 

Israel looks headed for more elections as Benny Gantz backs bill to dissolve parliament

(JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that his party will back a bill crafted by the opposition in parliament to dissolve the government, likely sending Israel to its fourth election in two years. The votes from Gantz’s Blue a...

 

COVID-19 developer hopes the US stays a melting pot

(JTA) - When Mikael Dolsten, the head scientist at Pfizer, heard the news last week that the COVID-19 vaccine that he has been helping to develop for the better part of a year was over 90 percent...

 

Jonathan Sacks dies at 72

(JTA) - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom whose extensive writings and frequent media appearances commanded a global following among Jews and non-Jews alike, has...

 

As Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen mocks coronavirus anti-Semitism conspiracy theories on Jimmy Kimmel

(JTA) - Sacha Baron Cohen's latest appearance in character as Borat was heavy on the bathroom humor - and on satirizing conspiracy theories that target Jews. On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night,...

 

Decades before Gal Gadot, Elizabeth Taylor fell into controversy playing Cleopatra as a Jewish actress

(JTA) - After Israeli actress Gal Gadot announced this weekend that she would play the legendary Egyptian queen in a blockbuster movie, it didn't take long for the calls of cultural appropriation to...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    October 16, 2020

Jewish poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Glück, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Glück, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence...

 

This Holocaust trauma thriller involved a Jewish character at first, then its Israeli director made the character Roma

(JTA) - When Israeli director Yuval Adler saw the script for "The Secrets We Keep," a thriller about a woman who kidnaps a man she believes was her Nazi torturer during World War II, he knew he...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 21, 2020

Kamala Harris is Biden's VP pick

(JTA) - It's official: Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's choice for vice president. The California senator, who made history Tuesday as the first Black woman to join a major party presidential ticket, is...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 21, 2020

Harris' nickname shows how close she is with her Jewish family

(JTA) — In the middle of her first speech as Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris disclosed her favorite nickname. “My family means everything to me. And I’ve had a lot of titles over my career, and certainly, vice president will be g...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 21, 2020

Jewish community's most watched vote: Ilhan Omar

(JTA) — No matter what happens in Ilhan Omar’s primary today, one thing is clear: Some Jewish voters in Minnesota and across the country will be deeply disappointed. Omar has the support of some local and progressive Jews who are excited about...

 

Seth Rogen says Israel 'doesn't make sense' and opens up about his Jewish identity in interview with Marc Maron

(JTA) - Marc Maron warned listeners at the beginning of the latest episode of his "WTF" podcast on Monday: "If you don't like Jews, you're gonna get triggered." It was a fair disclaimer, given that...

 

Could this Mediterranean takeout brand named for an Arabic Israeli TV show be the restaurant of the future?

(JTA) - As a child in Israel, Amir Nathan dined at Sami VeSusu, an innovative restaurant in Beersheba named after a popular children's television show from the 1960s and '70s. So when it came time...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 17, 2020

Stephen Jackson said DeSean Jackson is 'speaking the truth' about Jews

(JTA) - NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson unleashed an uproar with his tweets over the weekend that featured quotes dubiously attributed to Adolf Hitler - including claims that "white Jews" will work...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 10, 2020

4 reasons why Israel's West Bank annexation plans didn't happen yet

(JTA) - Since April, all eyes following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were glued to July 1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had negotiated the date into his government coalition deal...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 19, 2020

Plans to annex early as July 1

(JTA) - While the world has had its attention fixed on the George Floyd protests and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a political development with monumental implications has been brewing in the...

 

For young Jews away from their families, the coronavirus puts Passover in jeopardy

(JTA)-Randi Bergman isn't sure of her Passover plans yet, but there's a good chance she'll be spending the holiday alone.  Bergman, a 34-year-old freelance fashion writer, lives alone in what she...

 

From bialy to 'Jew York,' Oxford English Dictionary adds dozens of (sometimes offensive) Jewish-themed words and phrases

(JTA) — It’s not just “yiddo.” The Oxford English Dictionary has just added a slew of Jewish-themed and Yiddish terms, some of which are sure to offend. The venerable institution’s list of new entries for January 2020 contains dozens of...

 

Data whiz predicts the Oscar winners

(JTA)-In 2012, the first year that Ben Zauzmer made Oscar predictions based on mathematical modeling, he received an email from a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 7, 2020

The key points of the Trump Middle East peace plan, explained

(JTA)—President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, and the release event was a doozy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Trump at a news conference and compared it to President Harry Truman’s...

 

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