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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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‘Love & Stuff’ Sees Life, Death and Motherhood Through a Jewish Lens

How do you cope with both the death of a parent and the artifacts she left behind, while preparing to become a mother yourself...

‘Arrowverse’ Showrunner Greg Berlanti on Whether He’s Jewish or Not

Greg Berlanti is the executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Titans,” “Riverdale” and “The Flash.” Between keeping his die-hard DC fans satisfied, the mega-producer also...

Jewish Grandpa Seeks Out The Family Who Hid Him From Nazis in Documentary “The Starfish”

New York director and producer, Tyler Gildin, through his media company Gildin Media, released a documentary titled The Starfish, exploring the life story of his grandfather,...

This Israeli Cop Comedy on Netflix Is the Perfect Pandemic Pick-Me-Up

Israeli TV is all the rage right now. You’ve probably heard of “Shtisel,” the sensation about a haredi Orthodox family in Jerusalem that swept...

Showtime’s President of Entertainment is a Cantor on the Side

Gary Levine’s day job is president of entertainment for Showtime Networks. On Saturdays, though, he’s a cantor. The Hollywood Reporter has been running a series...

Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen Star in Christmas Series for HBO Max

Two of Hollywood’s best-known Jewish actors are teaming up…for a Christmas series. Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen, who starred together in “Take This Waltz”...

Virtual Benefit Raises over $1 Million for Hatzalah Emergency Response

“Saving Lives Sunday,” the virtual benefit for United Hatzalah of Israel that streamed May 3, raised more than $1,00,000,000 to support Hatzalah’s emergency response...

Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Other Jewish Celebs React to Anti-Semitic Tweets

A new parody of "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Mean Tweets segment stars A-List Jewish celebrities, reading the most outrageous things people have posted about Israel...

‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Wins Best Actress for Tribeca Festival Film

“Her face is a never-ending landscape in which even the tiniest expression is heartbreaking."

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Donate 100,000 Masks to Healthcare Workers

British Jewish comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Australian actress Isla Fisher, helped donate a cargo of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)...

Seth Rogen Dresses Up As 1920s Jewish Pickle Maker for New Film

The Seth Rogen Jewish immigrant pickle movie is still happening, and we now have some striking photo evidence. If you missed the news from a...

Taylor Swift Accused of Spreading Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

Taylor Swift is drawing criticism — and apparent applause among her neo-Nazi fan base — for calling out “the Soros family” in an Instagram...

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Is A Quarantine Must-Binge Show

Taika Waititi is one of the hottest Jewish celebrities on the planet right now. The director, writer and actor is best known for his humorous...

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Familial in New Film ‘Abe’

For the titular character in “Abe,” a 12-year-old with a Jewish mother, Muslim father, and a passion for food and cooking, family mealtime should...

After Recovery from COVID-19, Harvey Weinstein Faces New Charges

Harvey Weinstein has been charged with a new felony sexual assault count by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. The charge, filed Friday, accuses the...

Larry David Says Bernie Sanders Should Drop Out of Presidential Race

Larry David, the Bernie Sanders doppelganger who often portrays the presidential candidate in skits on “Saturday Night Live,” says the senator from Vermont should...

‘On the Map’ Free Online Screening and Q&A This Sunday

The documentary “On the Map” tells the story of the underdog Israeli basketball team’s triumphant victory at the European championship in 1977. Set against...

‘Frozen’ at the Pantages: It Doesn’t Have to Be Jewish

Let’s face it, there’s nothing particularly Jewish about the Disney musical “Frozen.” Unless you count Idina Menzel and Josh Gad, both of whom appeared...

‘The Leftovers’ and God’s Cosmic Hug

The month of Tishrei had always been a riddle to me until I saw HBO’s television series “The Leftovers.”  In the heart-racing opening scene of...

Fortnite and the Power of Rosh Hashanah

The popular video game Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games may not seem to have anything to do with Rosh Hashanah, but it does. The...

Imagine Dragons and Orthodox Judaism

Dan Reynolds is the Grammy Award-winning lead singer for the rock band Imagine Dragons. Last summer, Reynolds organized LoveLoud, a controversial music festival to...

Baron Cohen Exposes Who America Isn’t

Sacha Baron Cohen did a cannonball jump back into the American television pool this week with his new Showtime series, “Who Is America?”  Four cringe-inducing...

Sexy Israeli Web Series “Confess” May Get U.S. Hookup

“Confess TLV,” a provocative web series set in Tel Aviv about people who meet via hookup apps is being developed for American TV. Actress-writer-producer...

Familial Bonds in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Hollywood churns out superhero movies faster than a speeding bullet, films that can seem oversaturated with formulaic stories that prioritize CGI explosions over human...

Mister Rogers’ Lessons for a Broken World

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the documentary about Fred Rogers, host of the long-running children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” could not be more...

Pixar’s Questions and Answers About Jewish Identity

I have learned a lot from Pixar films. They have a special ability to create incredibly entertaining films with deep lessons about humanity, empathy...

Finding God in ‘The Americans’

Six intense seasons of the Russian spy drama “The Americans” on FX culminated in a brilliant payoff. The series finale provided the audience with...

Han Solo and the Torah of Living Between Tensions

Han Solo’s perfect blend of charisma, kindness and cockiness make him everyone’s favorite sidekick. But Han’s real magic is a Torah secret of learning...

The Royal Wedding of Shavuot

Last Saturday, the world was transfixed by the fairy-tale royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Markle was the embodiment of a Disney...

New Articles

Israeli Medical Team Comes to Sudan for Lifesaving Mission Despite Lack of Diplomatic Relations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A small airplane carrying an Israeli medical team along with equipment and medicine for treating the coronavirus landed in Sudan in...

Germany Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Crimes Since 2001

BERLIN (JTA) – Germany has recorded the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes nationwide since 2001. And a new wave linked to coronavirus conspiracy theories...

Man Who Held Anti-Semitic Sign at Ohio Protest Wanted to Target Jews at Kent State, Report Says

A man who held an anti-Semitic sign at an April rally in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly sought to target Jews at Kent State University. The Cleveland...

Bench Near Minneapolis Synagogue Vandalized With Swastikas

(JTA) — A bus stop near a synagogue in Minneapolis was vandalized with swastikas. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday on a bench outside Shir Tikvah...

ADL Report Highlights ‘Significant Trend of Anti-Semitism’ in ‘the Anti-Israel Movement on Campus’

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on May 27 highlighting how anti-Semitism permeates “the anti-Israel movement on .” The report acknowledged that although the...

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