Tapping Into the ‘Golden Age’ of Cantorial Music for the 21st Century

Aryeh Leib Hurwitz is attuned to all things musical. A chazzan (“cantor”) and ordained Chabad rabbi born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he studied at yeshivahs around the world...

On The It List: ‘HaKol MiShamayim’ By Mordechai Shapiro

By Rochelle Miller Described by renowned composer and producer Yitzy Waldner as “a breath of fresh air … who has the ability to do things with his voice no one...

Natalie Portman to Play Female Thor in Upcoming Marvel Movie

(JTA) — Actress Natalie Portman will go from super scientist-love interest to super hero in the 4th installment of Marvel’s “Thor” series. Portman, who is Jewish and Israeli, will portray a...

Jews, Jewish Themes Rake In Emmy Nominations

(JTA) — It’s Emmy season again and Jews in the TV industry have plenty of reason to celebrate. Out of all the nominees announced Tuesday, here’s a roundup of the...

Coroner: Jewish Rapper Mac Miller Died of Toxic Overdose

(JTA) — Jewish rapper Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose due to a combination of drugs and alcohol, a coroner has ruled. The Los Angeles County coroner released the report on Monday,...

Frank Sinatra’s Yarmulke Sells for Nearly $10,000

(JTA) — A hand-crocheted yarmulke that once belonged to Frank Sinatra sold at auction for nearly $10,000. The black kippah, with musical notes and “Frank” decorating its border, was auctioned...

Weinstein, Studio to Pay $44m in Sexual Harassment Settlement

(JTA) — Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board members have reached a tentative settlement deal for $44 million with women who accuse him of sexual misconduct, the Wall...

Head Writer of Israeli TV Series ‘Fauda’ to Teach at Rutgers University

The head screenwriter for the popular Israeli TV series Fauda will instruct students at Rutgers University in New Jersey this semester. Moshe Zonder will teach the undergraduate course “Screenwriting for Television”...

Scarlett Johansson Signs $15 Million Deal for ‘Black Widow’ Movie

(JTA) — Actress Scarlett Johansson has signed a deal to play Marvel superhero Black Widow in a standalone movie for $15 million. Her paycheck will be equal to Chis Evans,...

Producers in Talks With Madonna to Make Appearance at Eurovision

American pop star Madonna. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Producers of the 2019 Eurovision song contest set to be held in Tel Avivm in May are reportedly in talks with American pop...
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Ayelet Shaked to Head New Right Party

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s former justice minister Ayelet Shaked is head of the New Right party, replacing Naftali Bennett, the former education...

Netflix Picks Up Rights to 2019, 2020 Eurovision Broadcasts

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv in May, can be seen on Netflix. Netflix picked up...

Ron Dermer to Leave Ambassador Post at End of September

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, will complete his tenure in Washington D.C .at the end of...

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