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‘Expecting Amy’ Highlights a New Comedy Dynamic of Jewish Mothers Making, Not Being, the Jokes

Jewish moms like Amy Schumer, who were once the material, have become the premier comics of this age.

HBO Doc ‘Showbiz Kids’ Exposes the Dark Side of Child Stardom

In his HBO documentary “Showbiz Kids,” Alex Winter interviews former child stars about the pitfalls, pressures and price of fame.

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.” 

A Mother Immortalized on Film

In whom do you see yourself? A mother? A father? A sibling? What if an integral part of your identity lies in someone whom you’ve...

‘Edge of Democracy’ Is a Warning for All Democracies

This year’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Edge of Democracy” is a cautionary tale of a democracy in crisis. Written and directed by 36-year-old Brazilian actress and...

Discovery Premieres ‘Who Will Write Our History’ to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day and Auschwitz Liberation

In the Warsaw Ghetto, a clandestine group called Oyneg Shabbes secretly compiled essays, letters, poems, newspapers, records, Nazi pronouncements and photographs that documented life...

Life After Auschwitz

On Jan. 27, 1945, Renée Firestone, Jack Lewin, Eva Schloss and Paula Lebovics woke up to a world after Auschwitz. Not that they knew...

Trauma and Hope in Holocaust Documentary ‘We Shall Not Die Now’

Ashton Gleckman has been obsessed with the Holocaust ever since he attended an Anne Frank exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis when he...

Comedy Icon Revealed in ‘Mel Brooks Unwrapped’

The genius behind such iconic comedy classics as “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles” and, with best buddy Carl Reiner, “The 2000-Year-Old Man,” Mel...

Artist and Filmmaker Marc Bennett Pays Tribute to the Human Spirit

Marc Bennett is a man of many talents. The 61-year-old is an artist, photographer and documentary filmmaker. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and now residing...

‘King Bibi’ Documents Netanyahu’s Rise to Power

Benjamin Netanyahu has been the face of Israeli politics for 20 years as prime minister and Likud party chairman. But amid criminal investigations for...

‘Very Ralph’ Reveals Fashion Icon’s Origins

How did Ralph Lifshitz, the son of Jewish immigrants with no fashion training or connections, become Ralph Lauren, a classic American designer with a...

Monica Lewinsky to Produce ‘15 Minutes of Shame’ Documentary

Monica Lewinsky, who knows a thing or two about the subject, will produce the documentary “15 Minutes of Shame” with Max Joseph ("Catfish") for...

Amy Schumer is Making A Pregnancy Documentary for HBO Max

Actress Amy Schumer, who gave birth to her son in May, shared her struggles with a difficult pregnancy on social media. Now she’s partnering...

An Accidental Archive Is Revealed in ‘From Cairo to the Cloud’

According to the Talmud, when sacred Jewish texts are worn and no longer usable, they must be buried in a Jewish cemetery. This sacred...

Director Ben Berman Searches for Humanity in ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’

It was the perfect subject for a documentary. Beloved American stand-up comedian and magician John Edward Szeles — aka The Amazing Johnathan —known for...

‘Fiddler’ Documentary Celebrates the Beloved Broadway Musical

Whether you first saw the 1971 movie version of “Fiddler on the Roof” or one of the thousands of productions that have been staged...

‘Back to the Fatherland’ Examines Reverse Aliyah

The documentary “Back to the Fatherland” examines the odd (and to many, the embarrassing) phenomenon of young Israelis leaving the dreamland of generations of...

American Contributions to Israeli Independence Depicted in ‘Eyewitness 1948’

Coinciding with Jewish American Heritage Month and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), the Ruderman Family Foundation announced May 8 they are releasing never-before-seen archival...

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Documentary to Tell Musical’s Origin Story

With a national touring production hitting Los Angeles April 16 and a Yiddish version now playing off-Broadway, “Fiddler on the Roof” is still a...

Paying Tribute to Nuremberg’s Little-Known Hero

Among the most high-profile cases in the Nuremberg Trials from 1945 to 1949 was the prosecution and conviction of 22 members of Heinrich Himmler’s...

‘RBG’ Scores Nods for Documentary and Original Song

When directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West watched the Academy Awards nomination announcements on Jan. 22, they were surprised and thrilled to hear that...

A Divided Israel On Display in ‘Foreign Land’

Longtime friends Shlomi Eldar, an Iraqi Jew, and Gassan Abbas, an Arab, were both born in Israel but feel like strangers in their country....

‘Science Fair’ Celebrates Beautiful Minds

Every year, 1,700 of the best and brightest high school students from 80 countries compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). At...

Netflix Claims Farrakhan Documentary Won’t Be Released, Blames ‘Internal Miscommunication’

Netflix has announced that a documentary of Louis Farrakhan will not be released on their platform, stating that indications to the contrary were due...

Netflix to Launch Documentary On Farrakhan

Update: On July 31, Netflix said the film will not be released on Netflix and there was an internal miscommunication. More information coming. Netflix will...

Moldovan Jews’ Tragic History in ‘Absent’

When Los Angeles filmmaker Matthew Mishory set about making his 2015 documentary, “Absent,” about the ghost village of Marculesti in Moldova, it was personal. Mishory’s...

Filmmaker Explores Shoah’s Aftermath

Writer-director Jon Kean documented the harrowing experiences of six female Holocaust survivors in his 2007 documentary, “Swimming in Auschwitz.” A decade later, his sequel...

‘RBG’ Tells Remarkable Story of Justice Ginsburg

Her childhood friends call her Kiki. To her grandchildren, she’s Bubbe. And among social media-immersed millennials, she’s achieved pop icon status as the Notorious...

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Hatzalah Zoom Call on Anti-Semitism Zoombombed With Pornographic Images

A  July 8 Zoom call hosted by United Hatzalah with around 75 attendees was disrupted with sexually explicit images. Friends of United Hatzalah Los Angeles...

After Less Than a Year, Senior Rabbi Ben Goldstein Leaves Beit T’Shuvah

The Jewish residential addiction treatment center and congregation in Los Angeles — sent out an email stating that Rabbi Ben Goldstein had left.

Civil Rights Groups Leading the Facebook Ad Boycott Met With Mark Zuckerberg. They Say Nothing Has Changed.

(JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t changed his tune about Facebook’s stance on the spread of hate on the social media platform. That’s what the heads...

Benny Gantz Enters Quarantine as Israel Hits Highest Total of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel recorded more than 1,300 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours ending on Wednesday morning, its highest total since...

DoorDash, Other Businesses Cut Ties With Toronto Restaurant Over ‘Zionists Not Welcome’ Post

DoorDash and numerous other businesses have followed Uber Eats in cutting ties with a Toronto restaurant over a post saying that Zionists aren’t welcome. On...
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