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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...

 

Eleven inspiring Jews who died in 5777

NEW YORK (JTA)—It’s always difficult to whittle down the list of influential Jews who died in a given year, but this year the task seemed to be especially tough. The number of Jews who left historic marks on their fields—and, more broadly, on J...

 

Cello goddess Maya Beiser wants classical music to rock like Janis Joplin

NEW YORK (JTA)—There’s a small music room in the basement of cellist Maya Beiser’s large, kempt house in the leafy Riverdale section of the Bronx. It’s pretty spare—a few cellos, some basic recording equipment and posters from past...

 

How Curious George's creators saved the beloved monkey from the Nazis

(JTA)-Curious George-that curious little monkey-is beloved by millions of readers around the world. His adventures with the Man With the Yellow Hat impart important life lessons amidst silliness and...

 

This Giants player shows his Jewish pride on and off the field

NEW YORK (JTA)-As a rookie in the National Football League, New York Giants offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty is splitting most of his time before the season starts in September between grueling...

 

The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy

NEW YORK (JTA)-In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that...

 

Three Italian brothers try to find the cave they lived in during the Holocaust

(JTA)-Renting a house in the Italian countryside and eating loads of pasta is about as blissful a vacation as they come. For the three Anati brothers, however, such a trip is a reminder of the horrors...

 

Chinese-Jewish chef finds inspiration on a North Dakota farm

(JTA)-Not much could have prepared Molly Yeh for moving from New York City to Grand Forks, North Dakota-a city of a little over 50,000 residents near the state's eastern border with Minnesota. At the...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

NASCAR's first Israeli driver is an unlikely success story

(JTA)-Israeli race car driver Alon Day's rise to the highest ranks of NASCAR has been an unexpected one for a variety of reasons Here's one of them: The 25-year-old has done the bulk of his training...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

Meet Diego Schwartzman, the best Jewish tennis player on earth

(JTA)-When Wimbledon starts next week, no other Jewish tennis player will be seeded higher than Diego Schwartzman. The scrappy 24-year-old from Argentina, fresh off an impressive five-set duel with...

 

A new website aims to bring Jew-ish millennial women together

(JTA)—If you’re a young Jewish woman—or if you just happen to love “Broad City” or wacky recollections of Jewish summer camp—there’s a new website for you. Alma, which was launched Tuesday by 70 Faces Media (JTA’s parent company),...

 

Touring with 'The World's Most Dangerous Band'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis...

 

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