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 By Stephen Silver    News    September 25, 2020 

Major League Baseball's official historian on Jews in baseball and making sense of the weirdest season of all time

(JTA) - From Hank Greenberg to Sandy Koufax to Alex Bregman, Jews and baseball go way back, to the 19th century. It's not just players and fans - the participation even extends to the role of official...

 

ChaiFlicks, the 'Jewish Netflix,' is here

(JTA) - It was only a matter of time: A Jewish Netflix has arrived. That moniker is probably the best description of ChaiFlicks, a film and TV streaming platform focused on Jewish-themed movies that...

 

'Defiance' is the best heroic Jews vs. Nazis inspiration that Netflix has to offer

By Stephen Silver (JTA) — The mid-to-late aughts saw a run of films that featured Jewish characters, for lack of a better description, kicking ass. In 2005, there was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” about the Israeli government’s plot to get...

 

In Cuba, Jewish foods - from kosher meat to bagels with holes - are hard to come by

HAVANA (JTA) - The remaining Jewish community in Cuba has much to contend with - a lack of resources and rabbis, a population that's both aging and dwindling, and ongoing uncertainty about how much ai...

 

He met Bob Dylan at camp, they stayed friends for 50 years

(JTA)-Jewish summer camp is such a crucial part of the American Jewish experience that many Jewish adults, even in their older age, likely remember the names of many of the kids in their cabins from...

 

James Caan's latest character: A Jew who moves to Israel to become a pig farmer

(JTA)-"Raising pigs in Israel? Couldn't you play golf like everyone else?" That's a quote that doubles well as the concept behind the movie "Holy Lands," which stars Hollywood veteran James Caan as a...

 

As 'Broad City' bids farewell, is an era of peak Jewish TV ending?

(JTA)-Yas, queen-it's all coming to an end. "Broad City," the hit Comedy Central series created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, aired its series finale on March 28 after five seasons....

 

Welcome to Wawa-and Shabbat Shalom!

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-There's something uniquely American about an event that combines secular ritual with actual religion. In six states and the District of Columbia, but especially in Pennsylvania,...

 

One of the most powerful moments in 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

(JTA)-"If Beale Street Could Talk," the new film from "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, is at heart a film about African-American love during a time of rampant racism. It's an adaption of James Bald...

 

Israel 'almost touched' peace: A director's take on the making of HBO's 'The Oslo Diaries'

(JTA)-On Sept. 13, 1993, exactly 25 years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat were captured shaking hands in a historic ceremony in Washington, D.C., hosted by...

 

'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' was Adam Sandler's liberal Zionist manifesto

By Stephen Silver NEW YORK (JTA)-Whatever else you can say about the somewhat mixed legacy of his work, you certainly can't question Adam Sandler's credentials as an avatar of Jewish cultural pride....

 

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