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Nearly 80 years ago, this Jewish singer hoped to be the next Judy Garland - at 95, she's getting recognized

(JTA) - Madeline Millman was just 17 when she took center stage at the Adams Theatre in downtown Newark, New Jersey, stepping into the same spotlight where the Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Ella...


Judah Maccabee went to the doctor...

(JTA)-Like any self-respecting author, Ann D. Koffsky checks her Amazon rankings on a regular basis. "A little bit ridiculously," she acknowledged. Yet when she noticed the rating for her most recent... Full story

 By Victor Wishna    News    August 18, 2017

Authentic NY bagels have finally arrived in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (JTA)-Bronx-born, Queens-bred attorney Victor Bergman has lived in the Kansas City area for more than four decades-and in all that time, he hadn't found a true New York-style bagel.... Full story


Nine Jewish books to read this summer

(JTA)—Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book—but summer is when you might actually have time to read. So before these warm months all too swiftly fade to fall, here are some Jewish-themed titles, from... Full story


From matzo balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (JTA)-At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn't just a force of nature, but a product of good ol' Jewish nurture. "My size comes from a childhood... Full story


Seven books to make your summer more 'Jewishy'

(JTA)—Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. So take our advice: Whether you’re lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a... Full story


How one Tulsa synagogue is baking its way to a better world

TULSA, Okla. (JTA)-Walk into Congregation B'nai Emunah on any Tuesday afternoon and you'll barely get through the massive, light-filled foyer before it hits you: an aromatic wave of warm oatmeal and... Full story


The AT&T Girl's surprising call to action

(JTA)-You know Lily. You do. She's that chipper, slyly witty girl who works at the AT&T store-not a real one, but the one you see in those ubiquitous TV ads. What you may not know is that the actress... Full story


The country's tastiest chicken will soon be kosher

LINDSBORG, Kan. (JTA)-Thousands of birds strutted around like rambunctious kids at recess-six varieties of turkey and nearly 40 breeds of chicken, duck and geese. As soon as a stranger stepped into... Full story


Meet the 'RaBBi-Q'-Kansas City's kosher BBQ star

LEAWOOD, Kan. (JTA)—Mendel Segal wears two particular titles that each reflect a devotion to tradition, imply an unending pursuit of precision and command immediate respect. One is rabbi. The other is pitmaster. The 33-year-old Orthodox rabbi (and... Full story


Nina Simone, misunderstood no more

(JTA)-Jeff Lieberman was en route to a South Carolina screening of his first feature, "Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria," when he realized how close he'd be to the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of... Full story


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