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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...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 31, 2020

Under Trump's peace plan, Israel will 'apply its laws' to the Jordan Valley

(JTA)—As part of President Donald Trump’s proposed plan for Middle East peace unveiled Tuesday, Israel says it will “apply its laws” to the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. At a news conference with Trump at the White...

 

Monty Python's Terry Jones cut a 'Nazi Jew' scene from the classic comedy 'Life of Brian'

(JTA)-Terry Jones, one of the core members of the Monty Python comedy troupe, died Tuesday night at 77. He had been suffering from dementia. In addition to starring in numerous Python productions,...

 

Jeff Goldblum, Terry Gross and Marc Maron get emotional tracing their Jewish heritage on 'Finding Your Roots'

(JTA)-The latest episode of PBS' celebrity genealogy show "Finding Your Roots" was a lesson in Jewish history. Titled "Beyond the Pale"-a reference to the Pale of Settlement, the region of what was...

 

Oscars 2020: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

(JTA)—The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media. The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race...

 

Quentin Tarantino's Hebrew and other Jewish moments

(JTA)-As always, the Golden Globes was a coming together of some of Hollywood's biggest Jewish talents. There weren't many Jewish award winners at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday night, but here are...

 

'Uncut Gems' is Adam Sandler's Oscar moment

NEW YORK (JTA)-As soon as I got out of a recent screening of "Uncut Gems," I had to share the feelings of sheer cinematic bliss I had just experienced nonstop for two hours. "Just got out of 'Uncut...

 

Golden Globes 2020: The Jewish nominees

(JTA)-The 2019 Golden Globe nominees were announced Monday morning, and the film "Marriage Story," written and directed by Noah Baumbach, leads the pack with several nominations. Here are the other...

 

The Jersey City kosher supermarket shooting rattled a tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA)—Hours after gunfire that started in a cemetery and ended in a shootout at a kosher supermarket here left six dead on Tuesday, there were more questions than answers. As of Tuesday night, the crime scene was cordoned off,...

 

Kanye West created an opera based on a Babylonian king who enslaved Jews

(JTA)-Love him or hate him, rapper Kanye West has done nothing if not evolve over the course of his career. He has cycled through mainstream hip-hop, auto-tuned singing, soulful sampling, epic...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    November 8, 2019

Alex Bregman breaks a World Series home run record

(JTA)-Most of the news surrounding Houston Astros slugger Alex Bregman on Tuesday night focused on his "bat carry"-how he ostentatiously carried his bat down to first base while watching his first...

 

Harold Bloom dreamed in Yiddish until his death

NEW YORK (JTA)-Many obituaries of Harold Bloom, the lion of American literary criticism who passed away on Oct. 15, 2019, at 89, mention that he was born to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Eastern...

 

The guys behind the movie 'Good Boys' are ready for their close-up

(JTA)-Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have careers that many people in Hollywood dream of. Not long after graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles, the duo joined the writing staff of "The...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 16, 2019

JTA editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll named editor of the NY Jewish Week

(JTA)-After three and a half years as editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Andrew Silow-Carroll will be the next editor of the New York Jewish Week. The veteran journalist will succeed...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 31, 2019

Why so many Jews love the band Phish

(JTA)-Gary Stein remembers the first time someone played a Phish song for him in high school. It was "Divided Sky," an intricate 11-minute tune that shows off the group's diverse jam rock chops. Stein...

 

Bregman signs one of the largest-ever contracts for a Jewish athlete

(JTA)-Alex Bregman has agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Astros-one of the largest deals ever for a professional Jewish athlete. Bregman, who turns 25 at the end of the...

 

Is Julian Edelman the best Jewish football player ever?

(JTA)-The day after the New England Patriots beat the favored Kansas City Chiefs to reach their third straight Super Bowl-their amazing ninth in less than 20 years-CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason ma...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 25, 2019

Tamika Mallory fails to condemn Farrakhan

(JTA)—In a tense exchange on “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain confronted Tamika Mallory about her support of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader known for his history of virulent anti-Semitic comments. Mallory’s response is sure to...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 4, 2019

Patriots star Julian Edelman wears cleats with Hebrew on them to honor Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

(JTA)—New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore special cleats in honor of the victims of the shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers....

 

He produced the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and John Mayer-now he's adding a rabbi's music to his resume

(JTA)-Three years ago, Don Was walked into a Jewish service in Los Angeles without high expectations. Was, born Don Fagenson in Detroit, is a producer who has worked with musicians like John Mayer,...

 

The tragic tale of Superman's Jewish creators, told in graphic novel form

(JTA)-When Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created the Superman character in the early 1930s, they were still living at their parents' homes. Of course, the character and his story-the arrival from...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 25, 2018

Five Jewish facts about the new Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie

(JTA)-"Star Wars" fans are eagerly awaiting the franchise's latest film, "Solo: A Star Wars Story." As its title suggests, the flick focuses on Han Solo, the legendary character made famous by...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 9, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: 5 Jewish storylines to watch

(JTA)-The world is about to revolve around PyeongChang, a mountainous county in the northern half of South Korea, for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Jewish fans won't have quite as many standout athlet...

 

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