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...

A Jewish Guide to the 2019 Oscars

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — The Oscars are a mess. Hollywood’s biggest night still does not have a host, with Kevin Hart withdrawing over past homophobic tweets. That seemed to have reminded...

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”...

Actor Jussie Smollett Charged With Falsely Reporting Hate Attack

(JTA)— Jussie Smollett was charged with a felony for making a false police report in which the “Empire” actor said he was the victim of a hate attack last...

Chicago Police Believe Smollett Paid Pair to Attack Him

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection with the attack on Black, Jewish and gay actor Jussie Smollett were released without charges. Chicago Police now believe that...

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Actor Talks About His Jewish Heritage

If you were 16, and it was two days before you made your Broadway debut as the lead role in the Tony award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” you would...

Jews of Color Nominated for NAACP Image Awards

(JTA) — The NAACP Image Awards are an annual celebration of the accomplishments of people of color in film, television, music and literature. First presented in 1968, the ceremony...

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...

‘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,...

Billy Crystal Plays Rabbi in Indie Drama ‘Untogether’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWHVFQiCcsg&feature=youtu.be BY STEPHEN SILVER (JTA) — On the surface, “Untogether” is a drama about a pair of young women struggling to come into their own as adults in contemporary Los Angeles....

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Passover Seder to Be Celebrated in Former Warsaw Ghetto

For the first time since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, some 100 Diaspora Jewish families will celebrate the Jewish festival of redemption in the heart...

19 Ways You Know It’s Passover in Israel

If you’ve never heard an Arab calling out “alter zachen” (“old things”) in Yiddish, then you’ve never experienced pre-Passover preparations in Jerusalem. It’s part...

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...

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