Moroccan-French Singer to Perform at Eurovision Despite Death Threats

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN (JTA) — The 19-year-old singer representing France in this year’s Eurovision song contest said he will perform in Israel in May, death threats be damned. Moroccan-French artist Bilal...

BBC Rejects Calls From Anti-Israel Activists to Not Air Eurovision Contest in Tel Aviv

The BBC has rejected a call from a group of anti-Israel activists to not air this year’s Eurovision song contest, set to be held on Tel Aviv in May. Eurovision...

Black Jewish Actor Jussie Smollett Assaulted in Possible Hate Crime

BY EMILY BURACK (JTA) — Actor Jussie Smollett, best known for his work on the show “Empire,” was hospitalized in Chicago on Tuesday following an assault that is being described...

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Takes 3 Screen Actor Guild Awards

(JTA) — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took the first three awards announced at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony. Tony Shalhoub won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male...

Comedian Roseanne Barr Visits Israel with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Roseanne Barr, the American comedian whose television show was canceled last year after she made a racist remark on Twitter, visited Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday as part of...

Bar Refaeli to Co-Host Eurovision in Tel Aviv

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and three local celebrities will host this year’s Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. Friday’s announcement by the European Broadcasting Union followed...

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...

RBG Film Nominated for Academy Award

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — “RBG,” about the life and impact of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. The Oscar nominations were announced...

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...

Gal Gadot to Voice Wonder Woman in ‘The Lego Movie 2’

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Gal Gadot will be heard as Wonder Woman long before the sequel to her film is screened in 2020. Gadot will voice the character in “The...
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