Special Prosecutor to Investigate Dropped Charges Against Jussie Smollett

(JTA) — A local judge in Chicago has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett for lying to police...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Named Best Real-Life Hero at MTV Awards

(JTA) — Add another honor for Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Best Real-Life Hero. The Supreme Court justice won the recognition at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Monday night. She wasn’t...

Disturbed’s Singer Slams Roger Waters Over Israel Boycott

BY GABE FRIEDMAN (JTA) — David Draiman, the Jewish singer of the chart-topping hard rock band Disturbed, called Roger Waters “ridiculous” for promoting a cultural boycott of Israel. Disturbed, which has...

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...

Netflix Series ‘Historical Roasts’ Mocks Anne Frank

(JTA) — An episode of the new Netflix series “Historical Roasts” mocks Anne Frank with one-liners, angering some viewers, particularly in the Netherlands, where the teen diarist hid from the Nazis. Top comedians...

Shalva Band Eurovision Performance Seen By 200 Million

An emotional performance by the Shalva Band at Thursday’s Eurovision Song Contest semifinal earned widespread praise from viewers in Israel and abroad, who hailed the band for its message...

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...

Labor Dispute Threatens ‘Shtisel’ 3rd Season

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A labor dispute is threatening the much-heralded return of “Shtisel,” the Israeli show about haredi Orthodox Jews that became a surprise hit on Netflix. The show’s writer, Yehonatan...

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...

Chief Rabbi Wants Jews to Extend Shabbat to Protest Eurovision Timing

(JTA) — Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, called on Jews to extend by 20 minutes the time they observe Shabbat this week to protest its violation during the...
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