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...

Jewish Filmmaker Stanley Donen Dies at 94

Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some of Hollywood’s greatest musicals including Gene Kelly’s landmark “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and “On the Town”...

Netherlands Wins Eurovision; Israel Places 23rd of 26

BY MARCY OSTER JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Netherlands won the Eurovision song contest 2019 and earned the right to host the international event next year. Duncan Laurence sat behind his keyboard...

Mayim Bialik Gives Chizuk to Pittsburgh Community

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Mayim Bialik made a “pilgrimage” to Pittsburgh to support the Pennsylvania city’s Jewish community, she said on her Grok Nation website. The popular Jewish actress recalled how...

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...

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress to Star in Israeli Horror Film

(JTA) — Lena Headey, the English actress best known for portraying the diabolical ruler Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” is going to star in an Israeli film. Headey, 45,...

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...

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...

Variety: Gal Gadot to Star in Hedy Lamarr Series at Showtime

  Variety is reporting that Israeli screen siren Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a Showtime series based on the life of Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born...

Celebrities Urge Israelis to Get Out and Vote

(Jerusalem Post/JTA) -- Israeli celebrities have rallied around a campaign to raise voter turnout in these unprecedented do-over elections. Most of them did not endorse a specific party, but...
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A British primary school teacher has been fired after she told a group of Jewish students that they would be sent to the “gas...

Kohelet: The ‘Wright’ Motivation

By Danyel Goldberg Shulamith High School Assistant Principal אֹהֵ֥ב כֶּ֨סֶף֙ לֹֽא־יִשְׂבַּ֣ע כֶּ֔סֶף וּמִֽי־אֹהֵ֥ב בֶּֽהָמ֖וֹן לֹ֣א תְבוּאָ֑ה גַּם־זֶ֖ה הָֽבֶל Whoever loves silver will not be sated with silver,...

Jewish Group to Plant ‘Trees of Life’ for Pittsburgh, Poway Victims

The Jewish organization United With Israel is inviting people to sponsor the planting of more than 20 different fruit trees in Israel in memory...

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