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  • Obituary - BEATRICE K. SAFFER

    Feb 7, 2020

    Bea Saffer passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2020. Bea, also known as Beebee or Aunt Bee, loved nothing more than having her friends and family over at her home in Buffalo and Florida. She created a home that was full of love, good food, and great company. There was never a time when the side door was locked, since everyone was always welcome. Bea is survived by her husband, Bob, of 71 years; her daughter, Gayle Steinhart; son-in-law, Barry; granddaughters, Jaci, Danielle, and soon-to-be-grandson-in-law, Lenny; Bea’s two sisters, Libby (... Full story

  • The minds behind 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' on how they aim to represent Jews on screen

    Emily Burack|Feb 7, 2020

    NEW YORK (JTA)-"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" didn't add to its large collection of awards at the Golden Globes this year. But the third season of the celebrated series, now streaming on Amazon Prime, is keeping audiences hooked as it expands the world of Midge Maisel. It also comes at a time of increasing awareness and discussion about how minorities-especially Jews, during this period of rising anti-Semitism across the U.S.-are portrayed on screen. As one of the most Jewish series currently on... Full story

  • Are the Jewish mobsters referenced in 'The Irishman' real?

    Emily Burack|Feb 7, 2020

    Very minor spoilers ahead for “The Irishman”—but nothing big, we promise. (JTA)—“The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s latest organized crime epic, became streamable on Netflix last week. Even if the significant digital de-aging of the actors involved is a bit distracting, the film’s good reviews hold up thanks in large part to its legendary director and cast—Scorsese and none other than Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Making a very brief appearance in the mafia madness? Jewish mobsters. The 3 1/2-hour story follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro)... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Feb 7, 2020

    Top Jewish children’s books include stories about a Yiddish culture rescuer and the Holocaust By Penny Schwartz (JTA)—A picture book about the founder of the National Yiddish Book Center and a debut graphic novel of a gripping Holocaust story are among the gold medal winners of this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children’s books. Leslea Newman, the author of 70 books, including many Jewish titles, was recognized with the body of work award. The top awards handed out by the Association of Jewish Libraries were announced Monday... Full story

  • The first kosher bar in the former Soviet Union serves up cocktails and Torah lessons

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Feb 7, 2020

    ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA)-As an Orthodox Jew, Aryeh Rov had little interest in this port city's rich and vibrant bar scene. For one thing, most drinks served in Odessa's bars are not kosher, limiting his choice to a handful of certified brands. He also usually doesn't feel "at ease" at a bar. "A person wearing a kippah just stands out in places like that. Certainly an Orthodox Jewish couple," said Rov, who is 40 and married. But that changed in August, when Rov attended the opening of Kosher Bar,... Full story

  • Obama's team has a new home with Warren

    Ron Kampeas|Feb 7, 2020

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Much of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign narrative subtly casts her as the anti-Obama, the potential president who will not broker sweetheart deals for big business. That was the subtext—actually it was the overt text—of a buzzy Politico magazine article in September titled “‘Why Are You Pissing In Our Face?’: Inside Warren’s War With the Obama Team.” It chronicled tensions at the beginning of Barack Obama’s first term, when Warren, then a Harvard law professor, was the most prominent critic of the bailout championed... Full story

  • Israelis and Palestinians consider how annexation of Jordan Valley could affect them

    Eliana Rudee|Feb 7, 2020

    (JNS)-With campaigns under way before the third round of Israeli elections within a year on March 2, Likud officials, and the Blue and White Party, have repeatedly made statements over the past few weeks in favor of annexing the Jordan Valley. And that has elicited vocal reactions among the public both for and against the idea. The Trump administration's peace plan, revealed at the White House on Jan. 28 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in attendance, gave American approval for... Full story