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All in a twitter about Elon Musk

(JTA) - Let's get one thing out of the way: Elon Musk is not Jewish. But his acquisition of Twitter comes amid longstanding problems with antisemitism and hate speech on the platform - and Jewish...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    April 29, 2022

Temple Mount closes to Jews

(JTA) — The Temple Mount is closed to Jewish visitors “until further notice,” the organization that coordinates visits by Jews said on April 23, after a fresh round of clashes between Israeli police and Muslim worshippers at the Jerusalem holy...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    March 11, 2022

Hillel working to help students from Ukraine as Kharkiv chapter is destroyed in bombing

(JTA) - Before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the Hillel chapter in Kharkiv was preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary this spring. In fact, just one week ago, the group working with Jewish...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    March 4, 2022

In 4 years, Zelensky went from Jewish comedian to defender of democracy

(JTA) - Four years ago, Volodymyr Zelensky was an actor on the humorous Ukrainian TV show "Servant of the People," starring as an unlikely president of the Eastern European country. Now, he is at the...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 28, 2022

Fried likens DeSantis to Hitler

(JTA) - Nikki Fried, the outspoken Jewish Democratic candidate running for governor in Florida, compared her rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, to Hitler in an interview, prompting DeSantis supporters to...

 

Golden Globes 2022: Andrew Garfield, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story,' win big

(JTA) - Golden Globes fans may have noticed something different this year: The annual entertainment awards were not announced on TV, and not for COVID-19 reasons. NBC dropped the broadcast over the...

 

It was easy to 'put myself in their position

(JTA) — Two weeks ago, Delta Airlines pilot Alexander Kahn flew hundreds of Afghan refugees from Germany to Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., as part of a U.S. government partnership with commercial airlines. It had extra special meaning for...

 

Bialik to host 'Jeopardy!' specials

(JTA) - "Jeopardy!" is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show's new prime time specials. Following longtime...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 2, 2021

Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the residence - in 3 weeks

(JTA) — After being blasted by critics for staying in the Israeli prime minister’s residence well over a week past his ousting from the role, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to leave — in another three weeks. He and his successor, Prime Minister...

 

42 Jewish delis, 1 motorcycle: The Great American Deli Schlep aims to raise awareness about hunger

(JTA) — Motorcyclist Steve Goode is on the way to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But on a recent phone call from a hotel room, he doesn’t know exactly where he is. “Indiana, in … what the hell town am I in?” he says with a...

 

Anne Frank's famous optimism gets a bluegrass twang

(JTA) - If anyone can pull off a bluegrass song about Anne Frank, it's Nefesh Mountain, a husband-and-wife duo from New Jersey that has been a standard-bearer of Jewish bluegrass for years. The group...

 

Charles Grodin, Jewish comic actor, dies at 86

(JTA) - Charles Grodin, the deadpan Jewish comic actor who starred in such blockbuster films as "The Heartbreak Kid" and the children's movie "Beethoven," died Tuesday at his home in Wilton,...

 

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

(JTA) — After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas agreed to a “mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire on Thursday that began at 2 a.m. Friday Israel time. Israel’s security cabinet unanimously approved the truce, according to reports, after mil...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 7, 2021

Steven Spielberg launches foundation to fund Jewish-themed documentaries

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg has launched a film foundation called Jewish Story Partners to fund documentaries that “tell stories about a diverse spectrum of Jewish experiences, histories, and cultures.” It’s funded by the Righteous Persons...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 7, 2021

Oscars 2021: Jewish nominees (nearly) strike out

(JTA) - It was an unusual Academy Awards in several ways. Forced to adapt to social distancing protocols, the ceremony was split into different venues but mostly took place in Los Angeles' Union Stati...

 

Pierce talks of love of Shabbat

(JTA) — In the middle of a racy viral Instagram video that preceded his firing from a broadcasting gig at ESPN, NBA legend Paul Pierce spent over a minute lauding the Jewish ritual of a sit-down Shabbat dinner. Pierce is not Jewish, but during the...

 

Before Helen Mirren plays Golda Meir, here are 7 other stars who have played Israeli prime ministers

(JTA) - A mere 43 years after her death, Golda Meir is ready for her close-up. Just a month after it was announced that the Israeli star Shira Haas would portray Meir in a TV series, The Hollywood...

 

'Who are we?': Asian American Jews explore their identities in a new video project

(JTA) - When Maya Katz-Ali saw the ad on Facebook recruiting Asian Jews to participate in a new video project about identity, she scrolled through her list of friends to figure out who might be a...

 

Is Bonne Maman an anti-Nazi jam? The Internet wants to think so

(JTA) - The heartwarming story has been hard to miss: A law professor is shopping at his local grocery store when he sees an elderly woman struggling to get her favorite jam from a high shelf. Why...

 

Spielberg gets 2021 Genesis Prize

(JTA) - Director Steven Spielberg has won the 2021 Genesis Prize, the award nicknamed the "Jewish Nobel." The award, which "honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional...

 

'The ways of Torah are peaceful': Why football presents a dilemma for American Jews

(JTA) - Rabbi Josh Feigelson remembers the moment that football lost its magic for him. It was Oct. 20, 2013, and Feigelson was eating dinner with his family at Ken's Diner, a kosher restaurant in...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 5, 2021

Totenberg learns of a family member's daring Holocaust escape

(JTA) - In this Tuesday's episode of the celebrity genealogy show "Finding Your Roots," pioneering journalist Nina Totenberg and TV personality Andy Cohen learn about the deep Jewish roots of their...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 29, 2021

Joe Biden had a lot planned for Day one

(JTA) — Among the flurry of actions Joe Biden took on his very first day as president are several with special resonance for Jewish voters. Biden reportedly plans to issue several executive orders and multiple legislation proposals shortly after...

 

Florida Jewish couple turns 100 years old together and celebrates 80th anniversary

(JTA) -A Jewish couple in Florida is celebrating two hefty milestones together this year: 100 years of life, and 80 years of marriage. Lou and Edith Bluefeld, of Boca Raton, have known each other...

 
 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...

 

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