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London - largest rally against antisemitism since WWII

(JTA) — Police estimated that 50,000 people showed up for a march against antisemitism on Sunday in what reports are calling the largest such gathering in London since before World War II. Organizers estimated that 60,000 attended the march, which...

 

Argentina's president-elect, Javier Milei, visits Lubavitcher rabbi's grave

(JTA) - Javier Milei, a colorful right-wing "anarcho-capitalist" who has said he would like to convert to Judaism, was elected president of Argentina. Milei's passionate love of Judaism and Israel...

 

A weekend of hostage releases from Gaza

This is a developing story. Friday - First 13 Israeli and 10 foreign hostages released (JTA) - Hamas released 13 Israeli hostages into Egypt on Friday, Nov. 24, a sign that the four-day ceasefire...

 

Claudia Sheinbaum is on track to become Mexico's first Jewish and woman president

(JTA) - The way things stand now, Mexico is headed to elect its first woman president next year. The two leading candidates in the polls for the 2024 election are Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City's...

 

David Corenswet, the next Superman, was married by a rabbi and a priest in New Orleans

(JTA) - When David Corenswet was announced as the next DC Comics Superman last month, Jewish movie and comic fans rejoiced: He will be the first Jewish actor to portray the hero in a blockbuster. But...

 

Israel's men's soccer team is headed to the Olympics for the first time since 1976

(JTA) - Israel's national men's soccer team qualified for the Olympics for the first time in nearly 50 years by making a surprising run at a major under-21 European tournament. Israel lost to England...

 

Harry Styles thanks Orthodox friends for walking miles to his concert on Shabbat

(JTA) - Pop star Harry Styles gave a shout-out to a pair of Orthodox Jewish friends who walked close to six miles to attend a concert of his at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Jewish Chronicle...

 

Chicago Cubs slugger Matt Mervis sells Hebrew merch to 'help grow' baseball in Israel

(JTA) — Chicago Cubs first baseman Matt Mervis is selling T-shirts and hats emblazoned with his nickname spelled in Hebrew to raise money for the Israel Association of Baseball. “It’s a great cause to help grow the game in Israel,” Mervis tol...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 9, 2023

Protester with Israeli flag storms stage at Waters concert

(JTA) — A man rushed the stage and unfurled an Israeli flag at a Roger Waters concert in Frankfurt on Sunday in protest of the former Pink Floyd frontman’s continued criticism of Israel. Video circulating on social media showed a group of fans...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 9, 2023

Israeli health ministry calls out Elon Musk for sharing 'fake news' on COVID-19

(JTA) — Israel’s health ministry tweeted that Elon Musk was engaging with “fake news” regarding COVID-19 data, the third Israeli government ministry to comment on the Twitter owner’s views in recent weeks. Musk had replied to a tweet from Z...

 

All the Jewish details of King Charles' coronation

LONDON (JTA) - At a reception of faith leaders at Buckingham Palace the day after Queen Elizabeth's death in September, King Charles pulled Britain's chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, aside for a word....

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 5, 2023

'Rough Diamonds' - drama of Antwerp's diamond district

(JTA) — A new drama on Netflix centered on a haredi Orthodox family that runs a business in Antwerp’s famed diamond district hit the platform on Friday and is drawing comparisons to the hit Israeli series “Shtisel.” “Rough Diamonds,” a...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    May 5, 2023

Frankfurt can't cancel Roger Waters concert over his antisemitism record, court rules

(JTA) — Frankfurt’s administrative court ruled that the city can’t cancel a Roger Waters concert after calling him “one of the most widely known antisemites in the world.” Waters, the former frontman of the band Pink Floyd, took legal...

 

Ari Aster calls his new movie 'Beau Is Afraid' a 'Jewish Lord of the Rings'

(JTA) - "It's like a Jewish 'Lord of the Rings,' but he's just going to his mom's house." That's how director Ari Aster, known for his acclaimed horror movies "Hereditary" and "Midsommar," described...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    April 21, 2023

Yad Vashem denounces Poland's demanded additions to Israeli student trips as 'inappropriate'

(JTA) — When Israel and Poland agreed to resume Israeli youth trips to Polish Holocaust sites last month, their agreement stipulated that new sites be added to the students’ itineraries, including some that document Nazi crimes against...

 

Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry is now an evangelical preacher focused on promoting Israel

(JTA) - As part of his journey after a tumultuous decade and a half in the spotlight, former New York Mets star Darryl Strawberry is speaking at a pro-Israel event in his second career as an...

 

A Golda Meir biopic starring Helen Mirren premiered as Israel's government faces widespread scrutiny

(JTA) - When a film about a group of Israeli youths who visit former concentration camps in Poland premiered on Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival, its Israeli producer took the microphone after the...

 

Kyrie Irving traded to Dallas Mavericks

(JTA) — The Brooklyn Nets traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, a team whose Jewish owner had spoken up about the star guard’s antisemitism controversy last year. Mark Cuban, known as one of the NBA’s most outspoken team owners and as a...

 

18 notable Jews who died in 2022

(JTA) - Every year brings the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of well-known Jewish icons in every field and to mourn those we have lost. Here are 18 Jews who died in 2022 and who leave ou...

 

Pioneering news anchor dies

(JTA) - Barbara Walters, the iconic newswoman and celebrity interviewer who made history for women and Jewish anchors on mainstream American news television, died at 93 on Friday, Dec. 30. ABC News, w...

 

Leonard Cohen's 1973 Yom Kippur War concerts to be dramatized in TV series by 'Shtisel' writer

(JTA) — Leonard Cohen’s momentous trip to the Sinai Desert to perform for Israeli soldiers in the wake of the Yom Kippur War is being turned into a dramatized TV series. “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai” will be written by Yehonatan...

 

As landmark Saul Bellow documentary premieres, a look back at his life through the JTA Archive

(JTA) - Given his place in the international literary canon, it's hard to believe that there has never been a widely-released documentary made about the Jewish Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow. That's...

 

From Jack Antonoff to Doja Cat to Flora Purim, this year's Jewish Grammy nominees span every genre

(JTA) — This year’s slate of Jewish Grammy nominees offers a little something for everyone. The nominees for the 2023 Grammy Awards, announced on Tuesday, include prominent Jewish names from pop and rap, but they also recognize Jewish musicians...

 

Adidas to partner with ADL on fighting antisemitism in sports

(JTA) — Three weeks after saying he was “alarmed” by Adidas’ ties to Kanye West, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, donned the company’s sneakers for his group’s “Never is Now” conference in New York City....

 

Charles Barkley calls out NBA's Jewish commissioner for not disciplining Kyrie Irving over antisemitism controversy

(JTA) — Former NBA star Charles Barkley slammed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who is Jewish, for not suspending Brooklyn Nets All-Star Kyrie Irving after he promoted an antisemitic film on his Twitter account. “I think Adam should have suspended...

 

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