“Bubie’s in Bidud” (Grandma’s in Isolation) — A Delightful Children’s Book by Karen Guth

I have known Karen Guth for many years, both as a friend and as a fellow English teacher in Israel.

Golden Globes: Sacha Baron Cohen Wins Big, and Other Fun Jewish Moments

Cohen won best actor in a comedy or musical, and his “Borat” sequel upset the Disney+ adaptation of “Hamilton” by winning best film in the category at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Israeli Director Vies for Oscar

In the runups to the annual Academy Awards, true blue and white members of the Tribe around the globe root for the Israeli entry to make the shortlist of foreign language films, vying for an Oscar in the recently renamed “international features” category.

Spirits and Scares in ‘The Vigil,’ a Horror Movie with a Hasidic Twist

We’ve seen plenty of Jewish horror movies, mostly having to do with the atrocities of the Holocaust. “The Vigil” has an element of that,...

Neal Shusterman on Judaism, the Pandemic, and his Latest Book

“My rabbi once said that my stories always seem to have a lot of Talmudic thought in them.”

“‘Til Kingdom Come’ Exposes the Unholy Alliance Between Evangelicals and Israel

Evangelical Christians are the largest humanitarian supporters of Israel, donating $129 million annually via the nonprofit International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to aid...

Connecting the Past to the Present

Stephanie Dray’s ambitious historical novel, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” links three indomitable women over history.

Complicated Family Stories Are Explored in The Braid’s New Salon Show ‘Family Matters’

Complex family relationships are the theme of a new salon show by The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre. Opening on March 6, community theatergoers...

LA Jewish Film Festival Hosts Exclusive Screening and Q&A of ‘Thou Shalt Not Hate’

In a political climate where neo-Nazi white supremacist groups are an increasing worldwide threat, the release of “Thou Shalt Not Hate” (“Non Odiare” in...

Love or Loyalty? A Syrian Jewish Woman Faces a Difficult Choice in ‘Leona’

From "Romeo and Juliet” to “Titanic,” “West Side Story,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Notebook,” star-crossed love stories have been a staple of cinema, focusing...

Book Review: The Story of Esther Meets the Story of America

No other biblical text is richer with meaning for American Jews than the Book of Esther, as Rabbi Dr. Stuart W. Halpern points out.

Jake Cohen’s Debut Cookbook is a Love Letter to His Husband, Family and Judaism

Nice Jewish professional chef, Jake Cohen, always had a love for cooking. Rushing home every day as a teenager to watch “Barefoot Contessa,” the...

Israel and the Academy Awards — One Miss and One Hit

Israel missed one crack at an Oscar but won another, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the qualifying nomineers in the first elimination round on Tuesday  (Feb. 9).

‘Mank,’ Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen Collect Critics Choice Nominations

Following nomination announcements from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild last week, David Fincher’s biopic “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial...

2021 NAACP Image Awards: The Jewish nominees, from Daveed Diggs to Doja Cat

Several Jewish stars are among the nominees for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate Black achievement in movies, television, music and literature.

Melanie Chartoff Exposes Herself in Debut Memoir ‘Odd Woman Out’

Melanie Chartoff never intended on writing a book. With a multi-decade career as a voice-over, TV, film and stage actor, writing her life’s journey...

All the Jewish Nominees for the 2021 Golden Globes

“Schitt’s Creek” is trying to pick up in the Golden Globes where it left off in the fall with its historic Emmys sweep.

170 Celebs, Execs to Launch New ‘Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance’

In the face of institutional racism and rising anti-Semitism the members of the Alliance feel it is critical to stand together and support one another.

NBCUniversal Adopts Ruderman Foundation Guidelines to Audition Actors with Disabilities

The foundation has been certifying movies and shows with its Seal of Approval for Authentic Representation.

Jealousy, Obsession and Thrills in Israeli Series “Losing Alice”

These days, TV dramas made in Israel like “Shtisel,” “Srugim,” “Fauda,” “Tehran”, “False Flag” and “No Man’s Land” have become worldwide hits on streaming...

Top Children’s Books Feature a Passover Tale and 2 Coming-of-Age Debut Novels

A heartwarming and beautifully illustrated Passover tale and two poignant coming-of-age debut novels are this year’s gold medal winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards for the best in Jewish children’s literature.

Book Review: “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here”

Sometimes, a book that is exactly what is needed right now appears. “I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here” is one of those books, providing much-needed relief to those suffering from depression and threatened with financial ruin due to COVID-19.

Netflix Releases Season 2 Trailer for Tiffany Haddish’s Stand Up Comedy Series ‘They Ready’

Comedian Tiffany Haddish is ready to showcase six of her favorite comedians to Netflix users in the new trailer for “They Ready” season 2.

Eric Weiner Searches for Life Lessons in ‘Socrates Express’

When Eric Weiner chronicled his latest hunt for wisdom, the adventure had lasting impact. Despite his previous titles, The Geography of Bliss, The Geography...

Book Review: ‘Sergeant Salinger’

Charyn tells his tale with a wink and nod to the biography of the real J.D. Salinger.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Yiddish Cast Sings ‘God Bless America’ on Erev Inauguration

Academy and Tony Award-winning actor, Joel Grey along with the cast of the award-winning, Off-Broadway show, “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish is celebrating a new...

Shira Haas & Israeli Filmmakers Appear at Virtual Film Festival

“Shtisel” and “Unorthodox” star Shira Haas discussed her latest film, the Ophir-winning (and potentially Oscar-nominated) drama “Asia” at the InFocus: Israeli Cinema film festival,...

Mayim Bialik to Guest Host ‘Jeopardy!’

Bialik joins a group of guest hosts that includes journalist Katie Couric.

Marc Lessman on Creating Jewish Virtual Detective Show ‘Oy, Gevalt!’

Brothers Marc and Benjamin Goldenblatt are detectives working on an undercover mission when Benjamin is kidnapped by the Mafia. It’s now up to a...

Author Highlights the Horrors – and Hope – in the Spanish Inquisition in New Novel

In 2016, author Cambria Gordon, her husband and their youngest child left Los Angeles to take a yearlong sabbatical in Madrid.

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