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Film Director Goes to the Fans for Hebrew Hammer Sequel January 22, 2013 2:07 am

Film Director Goes to the Fans for Hebrew Hammer Sequel

When Jonathan Kesselman wrote the script for The Hebrew Hammer , he couldn’t have imagined...

Popular Journal Lists Jewish Film Remake Titles: Shalom Alone Anyone? January 18, 2013 5:02 pm

Popular Journal Lists Jewish Film Remake Titles: Shalom Alone Anyone?

The well known literary journal Mcsweeney’s has published a now-abandoned list of possible...

Comic Gets Semitic at Broadway Comedy Club (VIDEO) January 17, 2013 3:20 pm

Comic Gets Semitic at Broadway Comedy Club (VIDEO)

Here’s one that we like: An Orthodox Jew doing stand-up. It’s unclear if David...

BEHIND THE SCENES EXCLUSIVE: Mariah Carey Dabbles in Hebrew on “American Idol” (VIDEO) January 17, 2013 1:57 pm

BEHIND THE SCENES EXCLUSIVE: Mariah Carey Dabbles in Hebrew on “American Idol” (VIDEO)

“American Idol” kicked off its 12th season last night on Fox, once again with...

MGM to Remake Ben-Hur With More Focus on Jesus January 16, 2013 9:49 am

MGM to Remake Ben-Hur With More Focus on Jesus

MGM is planning a new remake of its 1959 epic Ben-Hur, Deadline has reported. MGM no longer...

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Host Jewish Music Concert January 16, 2013 12:38 am

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Host Jewish Music Concert

New York Times – The arena he built in Brooklyn has hosted concerts of hip-hop, Latin...

Orthodox Jewish Singer Alex Clare Nominated for BRIT Award January 13, 2013 3:21 pm

Orthodox Jewish Singer Alex Clare Nominated for BRIT Award

Alex Clare, the Orthodox Jewish, British musician best known for his double platinum single...

New Film About Hannah Arendt Explores Controversy Surrounding Her “Banality of Evil” Theory (VIDEO) January 11, 2013 1:59 pm

New Film About Hannah Arendt Explores Controversy Surrounding Her “Banality of Evil” Theory (VIDEO)

A new biopic on Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt was officially released in Germany this week....

Jeff Bridges’s New Book Compares Iconic Big Lebowski Character to Kabbalah Concept January 10, 2013 5:15 pm

Jeff Bridges’s New Book Compares Iconic Big Lebowski Character to Kabbalah Concept

Jeff Bridges has written a book on Kabbalah! Well, not exactly. Before you go grouping the...

Jeremy Piven on Jonathan Ross Raps Haftorah, Offers to Circumcise Justin Bieber (VIDEO) January 6, 2013 2:08 pm

Jeremy Piven on Jonathan Ross Raps Haftorah, Offers to Circumcise Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

On the Jonathan Ross show Saturday Jeremy Piven, best known for his role as Ari Gold on the...

Jewish Girl Band Haim Set for a Big Year in 2013 January 4, 2013 12:38 pm

Jewish Girl Band Haim Set for a Big Year in 2013

The big musical act of 2013 might just be a triumvirate of Jewish sisters from Los Angeles....

A PR Man’s Recommended Reading on Jews and Israel January 3, 2013 3:23 pm

A PR Man’s Recommended Reading on Jews and Israel

For “the people of the book”, here are some recently released Jewish and Israel related...

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  • Arts and Culture Theater US & Canada New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    New Play Explores the ‘Arrogance’ of American Jews Critical of Israel, Playwright Says

    In his new play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv, playwright Oren Safdie tackles an issue that he has a major concern with: the relationship between Israelis and left-leaning Diaspora Jews with their “I know better” critical views. At the heart of the one-act play is Tony, a Jewish and gay Palestinian sympathizer who expresses strong anti-Israel sentiments when the play begins and at one point even sides with a Palestinian terrorist who holds his captive. Tony, who is also an [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    Hassidic Parody of Taylor Swift Song Apes Long Jewish Holidays (VIDEO)

    A Jewish comedy troupe released a parody video on Wednesday of Taylor Swift’s hit song Shake It Off in which they joke about taking extensive time off from work for Jewish holidays. “And the goyim gonna stay, stay, stay, stay, stay. And the Jews are gonna pray, pray pray, pray, pray. I’m just gonna take, take, take, take, take. I’m taking off,” goes the chorus for I’m Taking Off. Menachem Weinstein, the video’s lead singer, is the creative director at [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    On 75th Anniversary, Looking at the Jewish Influence on Gone With the Wind

    JNS.org – The 75th anniversary of the premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 15 presents an opportunity to examine the Jewish influence on one of the most popular films of all time. That influence starts with the American Civil War epic’s famed producer, David O. Selznick. Adjusted for inflation, “Gone with the Wind” remains the highest-grossing movie ever made. It earned the 1939 Academy Award for Best Picture, the same honor another Selznick film, “Rebecca,” garnered in 1940. Selznick [...]

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  • Featured Music US & Canada EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    EXCLUSIVE: Matisyahu Provides Most Extensive Analysis Yet of His Religious, Musical Evolution (INTERVIEW)

    Matisyahu got candid in an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner on Monday about his religious and musical journey – after shedding his Chassidic skin, yarmulke, long beard and all – from the start of his career in 2005 when he became a reggae superstar with hits King Without a Crown and Jerusalem. The singer-songwriter embarks on his Festival of Light tour this month, an annual Hanukkah event that stops in Montreal, New York, and other cities before ending in San Juan, [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Personalities ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    ‘Sheriff of Mars’ Unveils Endearing Life of Jewish Music Star Hidden in the Fields of France

    JNS.org – It was an era of steel strings, guitar heroes, and storytellers—high on heroin, rebellious. Outlaw country music, the hallmark of Nashville’s powerful and angry music scene of the 1970s, was the brew of greats such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Townes Van Zandt. But there is another, little-known music hero of that era: Daniel Antopolsky. A Jewish lad from Augusta, Ga.—the son of immigrants who settled in the south and ran a hardware store on Main Street—the [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian Actress Replaces Israel’s Gal Gadot for ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

    Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi replaced Israeli star Gal Gadot as the female lead in the new Ben-Hur remake, Hollywood.com reported on Tuesday. The Homeland actress will play Esther, a slave that Ben-Hur sets free and falls in love with. Gadot quit the movie when it became clear that filming conflicted with her schedule for the Man of Steel sequel. The Israeli actress plays Wonder Woman in the superhero film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Actor Jack Huston takes on the [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    Biography Sheds New Light on David Ben-Gurion’s Place in Jewish History

    JNS.org – There is one sentence in “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel” that made me sit up in surprise. I thought that I knew the basic facts about how Israel came into being, but while describing what it was like in the days and hours before the state was declared, author Anita Shapira provides one important anecdote I was not aware of. On the 12th of May, the Zionist Executive met to decide what to do. Moshe Sharrett had just returned [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ Actress Compares Met Opera to ‘Schindler’s List’

    An actress starring in the controversial Met Opera The Death of Klinghoffer defended the show on Tuesday by comparing it to the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler’s List, New York Post reported. “To me, this was like [the movie] Schindler’s List. We make art so people won’t forget,’’ said the actress, who plays a captured passenger in the show and asked not to be identified. The Met Opera focuses on the infamous murder of Lower East Side Jewish resident Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The wheelchair-bound father of [...]

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