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Larry David gets sued for joke in Super Bowl ad

(JTA) — Jewish comedian Larry David is being sued in a class action lawsuit for his role in promoting the failed cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX as a brand ambassador during a Super Bowl commercial. The commercial, which aired during the 2022...

 

A Jewish cabaret artist's Egon Schiele paintings, stolen by the Nazis, will be auctioned for charity

(JTA) - After a years-long battle to reacquire two paintings the Nazis stole from their ancestor before he became one of their early victims, the descendants of Austrian Jewish cabaret performer...

 

Jessica Seinfeld's Instagram post about Kanye West's antisemitism goes viral

(JTA) - As images of the banner held above Interstate 405 in Los Angeles claiming "Kanye is right about the Jews" ricocheted around the internet this weekend, Jessica Seinfeld decided to take a...

 

The ancient Jewish practice of hakhel

(JTA) — Every seven years, in ancient times, Jewish men, women, and children would gather at the Temple on the first day of Sukkot to hear the king of Jerusalem read aloud from the Torah. In 2022, there’s no king and no Temple, and more than...

 

Jewish woman to be knighted for helping Sephardic Jews

(JTA) — Doreen Alhadeff was the first American Jew granted Spanish citizenship under Spain’s 2015 law to repatriate Sephardic Jews from around the world. Now she is going to be knighted by Spain’s monarchy for helping others obtain that same ci...

 

How TikTok turned the Orthodox favorite Miami Boys Choir into pop culture phenomenon

(JTA) - "K-pop is over," one Twitter user declared. "We're listening to Orthodox Pop from now on." With those words, the Miami Boys Choir has transformed over the last two weeks from a singing group...

 

An Israeli comic book hero is appearing in a Marvel movie - excitement - and backlash - have come quickly

(JTA) - In a move that is already thrilling some Jewish audiences and stirring controversy among other international fans and activists, Marvel Studios announced that an Israeli comic book hero will...

 

This High Holiday season, a Twitter 'Repentance Bot' wants to teach people how to apologize for real

(JTA) - Move over, tashlich: Twitter is the new place to atone, thanks to a bot programmed by Jewish coders who want users to apologize better. While the tradition of symbolically throwing bread,...

 

This Missouri bagel shop went viral for its Talmud-inspired effort to feed the needy

(JTA) - "Whoever needs, come and eat." That's the quote from the Talmud - the book of Jewish law - that welcomes customers to Goldie's Bagels in Columbia, Missouri, telling them that people who...

 

UNC student paper removes column criticizing Israel after writer receives threats

(JTA) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s student newspaper pulled a column that criticizes students who travel to Israel after its author says he and his mother have received threats in response to the article. The column,...

 

Olivia Newton-John, granddaughter of Jewish Nobel laureate, dies at 73

(JTA) — Olivia Newton-John, the iconic pop singer of the 1970s and ’80s, died at her home in Southern California Monday of the breast cancer she had battled for three decades. She was 73. Newton-John was most famous for her starring role as Sandy...

 

Boston's Jews are getting a 'Jewish tavern' to study religious text - and drink beer

(JTA) - A century ago, German philosopher Franz Rosenzweig spearheaded the revival of intellectual Jewish life in the city of Frankfurt am Main with the "Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus" - the Jewish...

 

Suspended prosecutor is latest Florida Jew to star in state's abortion fight

(JTA) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ratcheted up the fight over the state's new 15-week abortion ban Thursday when he suspended a Tampa-area state attorney who had vowed not to prosecute violations....

 

BA.5 is pummeling Jewish summer camps, sickening campers and canceling visiting days

(JTA) - So many campers were sick with COVID-19 last week at Ramah New England that its director, Rabbi Ed Gelb, put out a call to families: Would any nurses be willing to come to camp for a few days...

 

BA.5 is pummeling Jewish summer camps, sickening campers and canceling visiting days

(JTA) — So many campers were sick with COVID-19 last week at Ramah New England that its director, Rabbi Ed Gelb, put out a call to families: Would any nurses be willing to come to camp for a few days to help? “We have a large and capable nursing...

 
 By Jackie Hajdenberg    News    July 1, 2022

Zelensky singles out Israel for refusing to join international sanctions against Russia

(JTA) — In a live streamed address to students, faculty and staff at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Israel to join the network of countries around the world that have placed sanctions on Russia for its...

 

The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song is now in Yiddish

(JTA) - Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? ShvomBob Kvadrat-hoyzn, of course. And now the Jewish world knows how to say "SpongeBob SquarePants" in Yiddish, thanks to a translation of the...

 

Non-gendered language for calling Jews to the Torah gets approval

(JTA) - Five years ago, Rabbi Guy Austrian made a small but powerful change at the synagogue he leads: He wrote down the language his community used to call non-binary members to the Torah. That...

 

An interfaith coalition erased medical debts for over 2,000 people in the Chicago area, inspired by an ancient Jewish custom

(JTA) — More than half of bankruptcies in the United States are connected to medical debt. For some families in the Chicago area, however, that debt is being erased in accordance with the Jewish law of shmita, the sabbatical year. The Torah’s...

 

Orlando's Holocaust museum is getting a huge expansion

(JTA) - Situated beside the building that houses the Jewish community center, the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Academy of Orlando lies a tiny, hidden gem of a Holocaust museum. Despite its small...

 

A guided tour of 'Mrs. Maisel' locations celebrates 1950s Manhattan

(New York Jewish Week) - "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" aired its fourth season finale on Friday, but if you're not quite ready to say goodbye to Midge and the rest of the very Jewish gang, the show's...

 

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