Jewish Journal

For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

8 hours ago

Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first major league at-bat, vs. the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Sept. 1, 2014. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)/JTA

It was a scenario straight out of “Casey at the Bat”: a screaming crowd, ninth inning, two outs, two men on base, the home team down by two runs, the slugger striding to the plate with a... read full article

  • Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

    by HIllel Kuttler, JTA

    8 hours ago

    Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week.

    A punter may join the group after sitting out the...

  • ISIS beheads U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was Jewish


    13 hours ago

    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

    A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a...

  • Libeskind-designed museum reflects surrealist Nussbaum’s art

    by Cyndi Bemel

    6 days ago

    Just walking up to the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, is a breathtaking experience. The building’s unconventional design of sharp angles, zigzagging windows and mixture of wood, concrete and zinc creates a visual symphony with the surrealistic art housed within. 


  • Clandestine love affair fuels “My Old Lady” directed by Israel Horovitz

    by Iris Mann

    1 week ago

    The painful rippling effects of a clandestine love affair are explored in the movie “My Old Lady,” which marks the film directorial debut of noted playwright Israel Horovitz, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on Horovitz’s play of the same name, which has enjoyed...

  • Israeli director Ari Folman’s new film ‘The Congress’ is visually stunning

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Israeli director Ari Folman’s “The Congress” is “a visual masterpiece that will be studied and revered for generations,” one critic writes.

    Another critic took a quite different view of the film, declaring, “Ambition outstrips achievement … [it is] a visionary piece of...

  • Meet the Jewish founders of Tinder

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Finding dates used to require approaches such as hiring matchmakers, signing up for dancing and cooking classes, attending synagogue, asking friends for help, or, for the least energetic, merely creating a cursory profile on sites such as JDate.

    But now, thanks to apps such as...

  • Adrien Brody performs tricks, shticks of the Great Harry Houdini

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Erik Weisz, son of an unsuccessful immigrant rabbi from Hungary, settled in Appleton, Wis., became a world-famous magician and escape artist and changed his name to Harry Houdini.

    He always liked to live on the edge. In one spat with his wife, Bess, he told her, “I’d rather...

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