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'Licorice Pizza' sees Jewish women as beautiful

(JTA) - This year, everyone seemed to have an opinion about how the entertainment industry views Jewish women. The comedian Sarah Silverman and others openly inveighed against what she deemed...

 

A Bukharian trades in his Wall Street job to make pickles

(JNS) - When the pandemic hit, Edward Ilyasov was in a bit of a pickle. The 29-year-old resident of Queens, N.Y., had submitted his letter of resignation with plans to travel the world, starting with...

 

Central Florida gave voice in unity for Israel at IAC National Summit

More than 3000 people joined the IAC National Summit and 125 participants joined the Orlando-Tampa delegation this year at South Florida, The Diplomat Beach Resort. The Summit featured a one-of-a-kind combination of inspirational sessions,...

 

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More Jewish super-talents ... ADAM SANDLER is a talented actor-comedian who has starred on television and in many movies. He, of course, is Jewish and born in Brooklyn like me! His ancestry is...

 

Amazon to publish 'Tzurba M'rabanan'

NEW YORK — The Religious Zionists of America has undertaken a groundbreaking partnership with Amazon.com to make its “Tzurba M’Rabanan” text available in English throughout Amazon’s entire distribution network. This latest venture...

 

A new HBO documentary profiles the late 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' actor Bob Einstein

(JTA) - Bob Einstein, the cult-favorite Jewish comedian best known for playing Marty Funkhouser on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and the popular "Super Dave Osborne" character on various TV variety shows,...

 

Religion meets the rink: Orthodox skater to represent Israel at Beijing Olympics

(JNS) - In a true "Cinderella story," 19-year-old Hailey Kops, a religiously observant athlete from West Orange, N.J., is preparing to take on the world's finest ice skaters while proudly...

 

IAC summit delivers Israeli spirit and unity

(JNS) - For a few days beginning Dec. 9, a high-rise beachfront resort became what many guests described as "little Tel Aviv" as thousands of Israeli Americans, Israelis and American Jews attended...

 

Obituary goes viral

(JTA) — “A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday.” It’s considered poor journalistic form to begin an article with a quotation. But journalists are also supposed to show, not tell, and there’s no better way to explain...

 

Business Update: This organization thought of health safety long before covid

Back in 2018, public adjuster Francine Fox noticed that during a conversation with one of her clients, Marvin Erickson, was frustrated and upset. A Vietnam veteran with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Erickso...

 

Business Update: Congratulations in order for Diamond family

Mazel tov to David Diamond who was elected Chair, Florida Board of Medicine on Dec. 3, 2021. Among his several duties as chair, is to oversee the professional activities of some 89,000 medical...

 

Henry Orenstein went from Holocaust survivor to Transformers toys inventor to poker star

(JTA) - Henry Orenstein, a Holocaust survivor who went on to invent the Transformers toys and became a major donor to Jewish and Israeli causes, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at the age of 98. Orenstei...

 

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I know I've said this before, but WHAT TALENT! ... An EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony ) winner (and well deserved! ) I refer to singer, actress, etc. BARBRA STREISAND, from Brooklyn like me, a...

 

Spielberg, Ross among Jewish Golden Globes nominees

(JTA) — The Golden Globes won’t be televised, but there will be Jewish honorees — among them two directors at different stages of their directing careers. After numerous controversies have rattled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ...

 

Jewish History in Film: Eastern Europe and the immigrant experience in 'An American Tail'

With the holiday season behind us, cool weather upon us, and our wax-covered Chanukiahs needing a polish before being put away until next year, there are few better films to snuggle up to than the Steven Spielberg produced, Don Bluth directed, “An...

 

Former champ Yuri Foreman is now the 'Vegan Boxing Rabbi,' certifying kosher doughnuts

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Yuri Foreman's professional peak as a boxer arguably came 11 years ago, when he faced off against Miguel Cotto in a marquee boxing match at Yankee Stadium.  The...

 

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Maybe we should change the name to un-American Airlines ... Before I write about celebrities, I must comment on this ... A story I just heard over the television news: An elderly orthodox Jewish...

 

Jews were the creative forces behind 'West Side Story' decades ago and today. Should they be?

(JTA) - In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical: a contemporary retelling of "Romeo and...

 

My Jewish ancestors owned slaves - that's why I'm a rabbi for racial justice

(JTA) — In “The Social Justice Torah Commentary,” Rabbi Brian Stoller describes a turtle-shaped dinner bell that his great-grandmother used to summon a Black butler to attend to her needs at the family’s Shabbat table. When I got to that...

 

2022 Grammy Awards: The Jewish nominees, from Doja Cat to Drake to an Israeli cellist

By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Some of the music industry’s most popular Jewish artists were included in the 2022 Grammy Award nominations unveiled on Tuesday. Here’s a roundup: Doja Cat, a Black and Jewish pop star-rapper hybrid who has become one of...

 

A symbol of resilience, this 'tree of life' offshoot is planted in NYC

By (New York Jewish Week via JTA) - In January of 1943, Irma Lauscher, a teacher at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, smuggled a tree into the camp so that the Jewish children...

 

Cartman converts to Judaism on 'South Park,' after decades of tormenting Jews

(JTA) - One of television's most notorious cartoon antisemites is now an Orthodox rabbi. Eric Cartman, the egomaniacal, hate speech-spouting grade schooler on Comedy Central's long-running adult...

 

An Israeli documentary chronicles a real-life relationship between an Auschwitz prisoner and an SS officer

(JTA) - "Nazisploitation," a pop-culture subgenre that draws on imagery and stories from the Holocaust for winkingly perverse entertainment, is built around the idea that there are bad-taste ways to...

 

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What a talented people we are ... I am writing this column in advance as usual. It is actually the first night of Chanukah. I made matzo ball soup, latkes, fried chicken ... all with NO calories! We...

 

A Jewish doctor loves The Beatles so much he created America's only museum devoted to them

(Jewish Press of Pinellas County via JTA) - Bobby Entel didn't watch The Beatles' Feb. 9, 1964 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was seven years old at the time and in bed. Nor did he ever see...

 

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