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 By Shira Hanau    Features    March 19, 2021

Vaccinations and tests enable some families to gather for Passover Seders this year

(JTA) - The Darvick family did Jewish holidays by videoconference long before a pandemic forced them.  "We call it Skypanukkah," Elliot Darvick told The New York Times in December 2011, when the...

 

Are Jews an ethnic minority?

(JTA) - The BBC has been accused of bias in its coverage of Israel for decades. Now the public broadcaster is taking flak from British Jews for coverage much closer to home. What's causing their...

 

With fusion Emirati-Jewish dishes, a kosher chef blossoms in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (JTA) - Last year, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a treaty establishing diplomatic relations. But for more than a year earlier, diners in the UAE had already...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 12, 2021

Jews in the Land of Disney: Hidden treasure - the Jewish Capital Alliance

By Ed Borowsky "As my forefathers planted for me, so I, too, plant for my children," Talmud, Ta'anit 23bm. There is an independent advisory group/501(c)(3) organization called the Jewish Capital...

 

'Harry Potter' star narrates new Holocaust documentary

(JNS) - A new Holocaust documentary narrated by British actor and "Harry Potter" star Jason Isaacs debuted this week for students in the United Kingdom. Holocaust Learning UK commissioned the...

 

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In the news... Judge MERRICK GARLAND is President BIDEN'S pick for attorney general of the United States. Judge Garland is Jewish. His grandparents fled Europe and anti-Semitism. "The United States...

 

Stan Lee's legacy is complicated - this new book casts a shadow on it

(JTA) - Stan Lee, arguably the most famous American comic book creator, died at age 95 in 2018. Honoring his Jewish identity, many evoked the phrase "may his memory be a blessing" (coming from the...

 

The Jewish muscleman who likely inspired the creators of Superman

(JTA) - With "Superman and Lois," the newest TV series involving the character, premiering last week on the CW network, it's a good time to recall that Superman was the 1938 brainchild of Jewish...

 

We're running out of time to preserve endangered Jewish languages - Here's how we can stop them from being lost forever

(JTA) - I can't stop thinking about Flory Jagoda, Joseph Sassoon and Kitty Sassoon, three American Jews in their 90s who died last week. As an Ashkenazi Jew, I do not share their family backgrounds....

 

'Who are we?': Asian American Jews explore their identities in a new video project

(JTA) - When Maya Katz-Ali saw the ad on Facebook recruiting Asian Jews to participate in a new video project about identity, she scrolled through her list of friends to figure out who might be a...

 

In Holland, a Torah scroll returns to Jewish hands 80 years after it was hidden from the Nazis

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - A Torah scroll that disappeared from a Dutch synagogue following the Nazi invasion into the Netherlands has been rediscovered 80 years later and returned to the Jewish community....

 

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A singer needs songs to sing ... (That's me I'm referring to.) What's a good song without a good lyric? One of the best lyricists ever, in my opinion, was Gustav Gerson Kahn. (You knew him as Gus Kahn...

 

In Amsterdam, the personal card of every Holocaust victim returns to Jewish hands

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - Sonja Levy was a positive person who made an excellent first impression and whose important position exempted her from deportation, according to the personal card that the Jewish...

 

SNL's anti-Semitic skit panned and called out by Jews and Christians

(Jerusalem Israel) — Gilda Radner is doing flips in her grave. If she were alive, the former star of Saturday Night Live who died in 1989, would be crying, but not from laughter.   Radner is one of many young comedians who got their start on...

 

Purim - a joyous celebration that inspires hope

Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE). It is celebrated this year beginning at...

 

Flowing through life on her own terms

"Go with the flow" has always been King William Halikman's philosophy on life and it has paid off for him. A telemetry engineer for RCA at the beginning of his career, he met an 18-year-old Brazilian...

 

Shultz hailed by Jewish leaders for helping free Soviet Jews

TEL AVIV - On Feb. 11, 1986, Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky - freed after enduring nine years in Russian prison on false charges of treason and espionage - stepped off a jet that had carried him...

 

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Wow! ... Remember recently I mentioned in my column that I would include more Jewish comedians and singers? Two of my favorites were Sid Caeser (now deceased) and WOODY ALLEN. Both were (and are) bril...

 

Spielberg gets 2021 Genesis Prize

(JTA) - Director Steven Spielberg has won the 2021 Genesis Prize, the award nicknamed the "Jewish Nobel." The award, which "honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional...

 

Boys Town Jerusalem International Choral Festival

Eight schools from five countries will unite in song in the upcoming Boys Town Jerusalem International Virtual Choral Festival on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. EST. For the past 13 years, the annual Boys Town Jerusalem Choral Festival, in support of...

 

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Staying away from politics ... But, I can't help telling my readers that we should be proud about the Jewish Space Lazers! Brilliant! Simply brilliant! Anti-Semitic conspiracy myths ... (Sounds like...

 

Mama Cass Elliot helped me learn to love my body

Content warning: disordered eating. I never knew what an impact an eighth-grade field trip to the local water park would have on me. I still remember the sinking feeling in my stomach once I saw all my classmates were wearing bikinis while I hid my...

 

A vaccine miracle

(Jewish Journal via JNS) - Before World War II, there were about 50,000 Jews living in Salonica (or Thessaloniki), the largest Jewish community in Greece. Between March and August 1943, the Germans...

 

'The ways of Torah are peaceful': Why football presents a dilemma for American Jews

(JTA) - Rabbi Josh Feigelson remembers the moment that football lost its magic for him. It was Oct. 20, 2013, and Feigelson was eating dinner with his family at Ken's Diner, a kosher restaurant in...

 

Why American Jews love Stella D'Oro cookies

As a child, visits to my maternal grandfather and grandmother (of Italian and Polish heritage, respectively) involved eating a lot pasta and pierogi. Dessert, in turn, was sometimes cannoli and poppys...

 

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