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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...

 

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...

 

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