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 By Gabe Friedman    Features    August 7, 2020 

Seth Rogen says Israel 'doesn't make sense' and opens up about his Jewish identity in interview with Marc Maron

(JTA) - Marc Maron warned listeners at the beginning of the latest episode of his "WTF" podcast on Monday: "If you don't like Jews, you're gonna get triggered." It was a fair disclaimer, given that...

 

Could this Mediterranean takeout brand named for an Arabic Israeli TV show be the restaurant of the future?

(JTA) - As a child in Israel, Amir Nathan dined at Sami VeSusu, an innovative restaurant in Beersheba named after a popular children's television show from the 1960s and '70s. So when it came time...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 17, 2020

Stephen Jackson said DeSean Jackson is 'speaking the truth' about Jews

(JTA) - NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson unleashed an uproar with his tweets over the weekend that featured quotes dubiously attributed to Adolf Hitler - including claims that "white Jews" will work...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 10, 2020

4 reasons why Israel's West Bank annexation plans didn't happen yet

(JTA) - Since April, all eyes following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were glued to July 1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had negotiated the date into his government coalition deal...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 19, 2020

Plans to annex early as July 1

(JTA) - While the world has had its attention fixed on the George Floyd protests and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a political development with monumental implications has been brewing in the...

 

For young Jews away from their families, the coronavirus puts Passover in jeopardy

(JTA)-Randi Bergman isn't sure of her Passover plans yet, but there's a good chance she'll be spending the holiday alone.  Bergman, a 34-year-old freelance fashion writer, lives alone in what she...

 

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...

 

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