Sunday, August 2, 2020



70-Year-Old Woman Gets Naked and Takes Shower During Gilbert Gottfried’s Daughter’s Zoom Bat Mitzvah

At the moment when she became a woman in Jewish tradition, comedian Gilbert Gottfried’s daughter may have seen another woman naked. During the Zoom bat...

Jewish and LGBTQ? Here’s When Hollywood Got It Right

From "Transparent" to "Call Me By Your Name," these characters gave voice to LGBTQ Jews.

Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner Slam Mel Gibson over “Oven Dodger” Comments

Actor-director Mel Gibson is facing backlash over accusations that he called Jewish actress Winona Ryder an "oven dodger."

Could ‘Saturday Night Seder’ Win an Emmy?

“Saturday Night Seder,” the Passover celebrity charity fundraiser that ran April 11 on YouTube, is making a bid for the Outstanding Variety Special Emmy...

Elon Gold’s New Talk Show Reels in A-list Guests, Tackles Important Topics

“I’m a guy who doesn’t have a network behind him, but I still get A-listers on,” says Gold.

Michael Douglas Previews Israeli Museum’s New Exhibition

The Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot) in Tel Aviv is launching its new Core Exhibition in October, and enlisted Michael Douglas to...

‘The Marvelous Music of Maisel’: Emmy Season Music Video Raises Awareness and Funds for Charity

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won’t return to Amazon for its fourth season before 2021, but a new music video highlighting the talent of its...

Tracee Ellis Ross to Voice Lead Role in ‘Daria’ Spinoff

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross has signed on to star in the Comedy Central animated series “Jodie,” a spinoff of the MTV series “Daria,”...

Sing Along with Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Virtually

On June 23, the UJA-Federation of New York will revisit the production in an evening with the cast.

Jeff Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, and Other Jewish Comedians Compete in ‘Tournament of Laughs’

Jeff Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport and others will face off.

Adam Schlesinger Tribute Album Includes Covers by Sarah Silverman, Rachel Bloom and More

(JTA) — Sarah Silverman, Rachel Bloom and an array of indie artists contributed to a tribute album for Adam Schlesinger, the Grammy and Emmy...

Chasidism Taught Through a Modern Lens in Two-Volumes

Judaism will be much enhanced by such adaption as has been this reader.

Ben Stiller to Direct Thriller ‘London’

Oscar Isaac will play the lead and produce the Lionsgate film with Stiller.

‘Saving Israel’: Free Book Talk on the Untold Story of Israel’s Fight for Independence with Author Boaz Dvir

Boaz Dvir is the author of the book “Saving Israel: The Unknown Story of Smuggling Weapons and Winning a Nation’s Independence.”

Debra Messing Heads to White House in ‘The East Wing’

It's based on the real experience of the Social Secretary in the White House during the Reagan administration in the 1980s.

Out of Work from COVID-19, Hollywood Cameraman Uses Hiatus to Feed Over 400 Seniors

Scott Browner went from shooting "The Goldbergs" to being a lifeline to self-isolating seniors.

New Initiative CANVAS Offers Funding to Jewish Artists

$180,000 in immediate emergency relief will go to Jewish artists and creatives whose performances, exhibits and events were canceled because of COVID-19.

‘Minority of One’: How Hussein Aboubakr Risked His Life to Become a Warrior for Peace

The Muslim pro-Israel activist risked his life for religious tolerance.

Recommended Children’s Books About Little-Known Jewish Heroes

From a Jewish women's rights activist in Japan to a Greecian princess who saved her family from the Nazis, these heroes are worth reading about.

165 Major Jewish Voices Reflect on COVID-19 in New Anthology

"When We Turned Within: Reflections on COVID-19," will have all proceeds go to UJA-Federation New York's COVID-19 relief fund.

Playwright Pulls Back the Curtains of His Life in New Memoir

Award-winning playwright David Adjmi (“Stunning,” “Marie Antoinette” and “The Evildoers,” among others) is a shining exemplar of the American Dream.

‘The Book of Ruth’ Stars Tovah Feldshuh as a Surviving Anne Frank

What would have become of Anne Frank had she survived the Holocaust?

AIDS, Jewishness and Queer Reads Intersect in WeHo Bookstore Documentary ‘Circus of Books’

“The film represents gay people’s fight for visibility and acceptance and represents the Jewish struggle to be part of our cultural shifts."

Israeli Swims Beside and Photographs Polar Bears in ‘Picture of His Life’

“Only five people have swum with polar bears,” he said. “There have been far more men on the moon.” 

‘Shtisel’ Star Michael Aloni Retells a Play from the Black Plague in ‘Decameron 2020’

The June 9 installment features Michael Aloni (“Shtisel”) performing the work of playwright Ariel Dorfman.

‘Healing Ink’ Documents How Tattooists Helped Israeli Victims of War and Terror Heal

The film depicts how replacing the tragic scars of terror and war with more positive markings enables people to reclaim their bodies.

Watching ‘Uncut Gems’ Will Inspire You to Reexamine Black-Jewish Relations

Describing “Uncut Gems” as that movie that brought Adam Sandler rave reviews for playing a New York Jewish diamond dealer doesn’t do it justice.

The Israel Film Center Festival Goes Virtual this Year. Here’s What You Need to Know

With theaters closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, movie releases largely have gone virtual, allowing fans to screen the latest films at home. This...

‘Mrs. America’ Is a Love Letter to Jewish Women

Who else could stand up to a figure as formidable, organized and savvy as Phyllis Schlafly?

Amid Accusations, Lea Michele Apologizes for Racist Behavior

The meal-kit company HelloFresh also responded quickly, terminating its relationship with Michele.

New Articles

Ukraine to Let in at Least 5,000 Uman Pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah Chief Rabbi Says

The quota may rise as high as 8,000, but the pilgrims will have to wear face masks in crowded places and refrain from gatherings of more than 30 people.

Nick Cannon Read Bari Weiss’ Book on Anti-Semitism During Tisha B’Av, Calls it ‘Powerful’

"Today is a new day of improving our own words and actions towards clarity and compassion."

A Bipartisan Protest Movement is Rocking Israel and Growing by the Week

As the protests have widened in focus, demonstrators have faced harsh crackdowns by police, who have drawn criticism for using water cannons and tear gas.

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Says She Won’t Stand for Authoritarianism in Portland

When reports emerged of federal agents seizing protesters from the streets of Portland and putting them in unmarked vans, Rosenblum sued to get federal officers off the street.

Seattle’s Only Freestanding, Certified Kosher Restaurant Closes Amid Pandemic Pressure

There are a handful of kosher restaurants in the Seattle suburbs.

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