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Will the World Finally Realize the Brilliance of Comedian Al Lubel?

Lubel was the first comic I ever saw perform in a comedy club. I kept looking for more comedians like him, because he was so funny. There were none. His jokes were just so much smarter than everyone else’s.

The Shoah and the Struggle for Beauty

“After: The Obligation of Beauty” by Mindy Weisel is a testament to the artist’s lifelong struggle to make sense of the Shoah and, especially, the ordeal that her parents survived in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

Documentary “Rulon” Shows The Not-So-Golden Experience of An Olympic Champion

Reflecting on his latest film “Rulon,” documentarian Adam Irving recites a cliche about professional athletes: “Every athlete dies twice. They die when they retire, and they die again when their body ceases to live.”

Barbra Streisand Sets Another Record: A Top 20 Album in Every Decade Since the 1960s

Barbra Streisand has become the only woman to record a top 20 album on the Billboard charts in every decade from the 1960s to the 2020s.

Lyndsay Zavitz on Becoming a Top Celebrity Makeup Artist

When Lyndsay Zavitz moved from Canada to Los Angeles, she had no idea she’d become one of the top celebrity makeup artists just a...

Former Lone Soldier From Los Angeles Publishes Memoir About IDF Experience

“Under the Stretcher” is a vivid and accessible memoir about a young Jewish-American’s experience as a lone soldier.

Film Probes Hitler’s Impact Today

The film caps a four-year inquiry in nine countries into decades of cultural fascination with the Nazi leader and the ramifications of such a fascination on present politics.

Tamara Rosenfeld is a Foodie Filmmaker

Rosenfeld has traveled around the world as the director and producer of the immensely popular Netflix series, “Street Food.”

In Memory of Jackie Mason, Fearless Borscht Belt Comedian

It’s difficult to overstate how influential Mason was to American and Jewish culture.

Comedian Jackie Mason Dies at 93

Legendary comedian Jackie Mason died Saturday evening at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan at the age of 93.

Writer Amy Sohn Spotlights Sex Radicals in “The Man Who Hated Women”

“The Man Who Hated Women” sheds light on the different shapes and forms of feminism.

Shylock Gets Even in Revised ‘Merchant of Venice’

Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” in which Jews are forced to wear yellow stars, has all kinds of racist messages, which must be addressed.

Jewish Rapper Sings Praises of Judaism and Pico-Robertson in Music Video

Rony Yehuda loves Pico-Robertson, and he wants everybody to know it.

Book Review: “Is Superman Circumcised?”

The key to understanding Superman is to think of him as Jewish.

New Wiesenthal Book Brings Nazi-Hunter Back to Life

“Wiesenthal” is based on the one-man play Dugan has been performing around the world since 2009 at the Torrance Cultural Center.

“The Fifth Fiasco: How to Escape the Traps of Jewish History In The Twenty-First Century” by David Passig

This informative and fascinating tour de force first looks back to Jewish history in order to project a more desirable Jewish future.

Tevye is Back — and in Beverly Hills

There is good news for lovers of "Fiddler on the Roof" (and who isn't?) --Tevye is coming back for a new chapter of his...

Israeli Singer Miki Gavrielov Joins Rocker David Lowy To Capture the World’s Craziness

“A World’s Gone Crazy” is the product of two musicians from opposite ends of the planet blending their respective styles.

Israel’s Top Film Comes to L.A. — Finally

Last year’s original release date for the film was cancelled by the Corona-19 pandemic, which shuttered movie houses across the world.

In Brooklyn’s Hipster Williamsburg Neighborhood, Hasidic Jews are the Real Counterculture

In their new book, “A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg” (Yale University Press), Nathaniel Deutsch and Michael Casper unpack the history of Jewish Williamsburg and the collision of its pious Jewish community with the forces of commerce and urban development.

Book Review: “To All Who Call In Truth” by Michael Oren

It is a crime story that sheds light on the culture, politics and strife of America in the 1970s.

Sci-Fi Author Sarah Pinsker on “We Are Satellites”

In 2020, Pinsker became the second Jewish woman to ever receive a Nebula Award for Best Novel from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

New Book About Israel is the Much-Needed Schooling/Scolding for all Sides of the Conflict

Noa Tishby’s book is a practical, no-nonsense resource fit for diplomats, heads of state, and anyone riled up by misleading memes

Popular Israeli Comedian Tom Aharon Blasts John Oliver’s Segment on the Conflict

(JTA) — In case you missed it, British-American comedian John Oliver unloaded on Israel in a widely viewed segment of his weekly HBO show...

Germans Recall Nazi Era in “Final Account”

The documentary film “Final Account” opens with an old German man humming a popular song of the Nazi era, which starts with “Sharpen your...

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit

The foundation of the film is a 1971 semi-biographical novel by the late Judith Kerr.

Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish Dance the Hora in New Film ‘Here Today’

Comedian Billy Crystal and actress Tiffany Haddish are so close that Crystal read a Torah portion at Haddish’s 2019 bat mitzvah ceremony in Los Angeles.

Actor Lakeith Stanfield Apologizes for Moderating a Clubhouse Room Full of Antisemitism

Oscar-nominated actor Lakeith Stanfield apologized for moderating a room on the audio app Clubhouse in which participants made a slew of antisemitic remarks.

Here are the First 10 Jewish Documentaries Funded through Jewish Story Partners

The Jewish Story Partners foundation, which Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw helped found to fund Jewish-themed documentary films, announced its first slate of grantees.

Historical Novelist Renée Rosen on “The Social Graces”

Rosen’s latest work is a look at New York socialites at the turn of the twentieth century.

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