Jennifer Lopez to Perform in Israel in August

(JTA) — This time, don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got — Jennifer Lopez is set to perform in Israel for the first time. Concert promoters confirmed the...

Max the Matzah Is a Hit in Netherlands and Beyond

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Anywhere else in Europe, a muscular cartoon character named Max the Matzah would have amounted to little more than an inside Jewish joke. But in the Netherlands,...

Top Chef Contestant Gets to Finals With Chinese-Inspired Matzo Ball Soup

(JTA) — Chef Sara Bradley of Kentucky reached the finals of Bravo’s Top Chef by making matzo ball soup with native ingredients while filming in Macau. The four semi-finalists were encouraged by...

SodaStream Pulls April Fools Prank With Astronaut Scott Kelly

Israeli PepsiCo-owned at-home water carbonation company SodaStream International Ltd. produced a video promoting a fake new product as its April Fools’ prank, and it is out of this world. As...

Madonna to Perform at Eurovision in Israel

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — Madonna will perform at the Eurovision contest in Israel in May. The pop icon and Kabbalah devotee will take the stage in Tel Aviv on May...

Bagel Store: Why is Everyone Talking About Shtisel?

The reader might be asking, “What is ‘Shtisel?’” Is Shtisel the latest craze or talk of the town? Well, yes and no. “Shtisel” is the last name of a fictional...

‘Who Will Write Our History’ to See Wider Release

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHPBGWvKMSs&feature=youtu.be "Who Will Write Our History,” Roberta Grossman’s chronicle of a lesser known form of WWII-era resistance, will have a theatrical run, website Women and Hollywood has learned exclusively. The Abramorama documentary...

Israeli Director Wins Oscar for Best Live Action Short

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — The Israeli director who won the best live action short Oscar award Sunday night mentioned his grandparents, who are Holocaust survivors, in his acceptance speech. “I...

Popular Shalva Band Won’t Play Eurovision Due to Shabbat Schedule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1qsDSS0xUY&feature=youtu.be The Shalva group, a beloved Israeli band featuring musicians with special needs, has dropped out of the Eurovision Song contest because compulsory rehearsals for the Saturday-night finals will take...

Belz Chassid Singer Shulem Lemmer Signs Major Record Deal

Marking perhaps the first time that a singer from the orthodox Hasidic community has been signed to major label, Shulem Lemmer’s debut singles, “Bring Him Home,” and “Jerusalem Of...

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SAR to Stop Accepting Religious Exemptions For Vaccines

NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Modern Orthodox school in New York City will no longer accept religious exemptions to vaccination from its students. Salanter...

Two Israel-Related Matters in Mueller Report

The U.S. Department of Justice released on Thursday the highly-anticipated report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the Trump campaign did not collude with...

Jewish Community Preps for Multi-City Attack

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Imagine three Pittsburghs, simultaneously — a multi-pronged murderous attack at Jewish institutions across the country. The Jewish community’s top security...

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