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Time for change among Israelis and Palestinians

In the past 100 years, there has been an ongoing conflict between Jews and Arabs who claim the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, each as their national homeland. With the...

 

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...

 

Super Bowl champ scores big as Jewish community role model

With the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl win on Sunday, its Jewish lineman Mitchell Schwartz is shining as bright as the giant menorah he lights each Chanukah at Kansas City's Chabad House. "He's very...

 

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Never, ever forget... "Atrocious" isn't a harsh enough word to describe the Holocaust! I read the following recently and pass it along to you: "In his remarks at the opening back in October, PROKOPIOS...

 

Director Quentin Tarantino talks about living in Israel

(JNS)-Film director Quentin Tarantino spoke to Yediot Achronot in a full-length interview published last week about his new "wonderful" life in Israel with his wife, Israeli singer and model Daniella...

 

Chickpeas are set for world domination in 2020

The 2010s saw chickpeas rise to fame in the manner that God always intended. The king of chickpea dishes, hummus, turned from a hippy health food to a fridge staple. This was great in terms of...

 

Green shakshuka with feta: Even better than the original?

If I'm hosting brunch, it's a pretty sure bet that I'll make shakshuka. Saucy, spicy and runny with egg, it's a universally beloved dish that, to its credit (and my eternal disappointment), never...

 

You are going to crave this easy Israeli quiche

Americans don't have nearly the appreciation that Israelis do for quiche. In the States, it's an unimaginative brunch addition that never really shines. But in Israel, it's the star of many lunch...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    February 14, 2020 

The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit-Henry Ford's role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The three-week exhibition at the National Archives showcased documents, video and a marquee sponsor, announced in large font on the banner at the National Archives: "This exhibit is...

 

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Combating hate?... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "WJC President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER delivered the keynote address at a recent event at the...

 

Jewish mom Pink opens up about aging and I feel so seen

I grew up with Pink. Her first two albums, "Can't Take Me Home" and "Missundaztood," came out during bat mitzvah season for me, and it was her songs that truly got the party started. Yes, they were...

 

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

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,...

 

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

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...

 

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

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...

 

Celebrate Tu Bishvat the Israeli way

Join the Orlando Israeli American Council in partnership with Temple Israel, the Jewish National Fund, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. Tzofim, for a Shishi...

 

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,...

 

An encounter with Palestinians

During 2019, Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family JCC and executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel,...

 

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I love dogs... (But I don't know about this.) I read it recently in the WJC Digest and pass it along: "Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical produced by the cannabis plant (marijuana)...

 

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...

 
 By JTA Staff    Features    January 24, 2020

Philissa Cramer named editor in chief of the JTA

NEW YORK (JTA)-Philissa Cramer, a co-founder and editor at large of the award-winning education news organization Chalkbeat, has been named editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Cramer...

 

A decade ago, linking Israel's founding to the Holocaust started a firestorm-today it's accepted

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A decade ago, in a speech in Cairo addressing the Islamic world, President Barack Obama issued a call to understand Israel’s importance in the context of the Holocaust—and it started a political firestorm in the world of...

 

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A very sad announcement... Walter "Sky" Goldstein one of the staff of the Jewish Pavilion, beloved by all, has passed away. He touched so many people's hearts. He surely will be missed. Before he...

 

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...

 

Meet the Jewish travel blogger who soon will have visited every country

By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)-In 2012, Drew Goldberg spent part of his junior year of college studying abroad in Prague. It was only his second time leaving the United States-the other time was for...

 

No small potatoes: Rep. Russ Fulcher says Idahoans used to culture that 'appreciates' Israel

(JNS)-Rightly or wrongly, the first thing that comes to mind when most Americans think of Idaho is potatoes. Yet the northwestern state, which is also known for vast natural beauty and resources, is...

 

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