Arts and Culture

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 8:09 pm

Remembering the Rebbe (REVIEW)

On Tuesday, June 14, 1994, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz walked into my classroom, visibly shaken;...

The Return of X-Men and the Jewish Gene Theme May 23, 2014 7:19 am

The Return of X-Men and the Jewish Gene Theme

While most movie-goers will simply see another action-packed, super-hero flick this weekend...

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW) May 23, 2014 7:09 am

Latest Twist in Jewish Fiction? A Werewolf’s Search for Spirituality (REVIEW)

JNS.org – Hungry at night, salivating for raw meat, following his nose, Greg Samstag...

Jewish Actor Seth Rogen Takes on Macklemore for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Costume May 19, 2014 11:26 pm

Jewish Actor Seth Rogen Takes on Macklemore for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Costume

Comedic actor Seth Rogen on Sunday derided rapper Macklemore after the Same Love singer donned...

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW) May 16, 2014 8:06 am

An Honest Evaluation of Zionist Pioneer Ze’ev Jabotinsky (REVIEW)

JNS.org – I confess that I came to Hillel Halkin’s “Jabotinsky: A Life” with...

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO) May 15, 2014 1:14 pm

Lisa Kudrow, Chabad’s New ‘Friend’ (VIDEO)

JNS.org – Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow (who played Phoebe), appearing on the Conan...

Morocco International Music Festival Says Egypt’s Chaaboula ‘Not Performing’ Following Pledge to Sing ‘I Hate Israel’ May 15, 2014 9:34 am

Morocco International Music Festival Says Egypt’s Chaaboula ‘Not Performing’ Following Pledge to Sing ‘I Hate Israel’

Following his pledge to sing I Hate Israel at Morocco’s Mawazine world music festival, concert...

‘Homeland’ Creator Wants More U.S. TV Shows to Film in Israel May 14, 2014 4:29 pm

‘Homeland’ Creator Wants More U.S. TV Shows to Film in Israel

JNS.org – Writer and director Gideon Raff, the Israeli co-creator of the U.S. spy television...

‘Jewish Cardinal’ Film Examines Dual Religious Loyalty May 14, 2014 10:44 am

‘Jewish Cardinal’ Film Examines Dual Religious Loyalty

JNS.org – Believe it or not, the recently canonized Pope John Paul II had a Jewish...

New Dedication to Israeli Artists Part of Iconic Tel Aviv Square’s Makeover April 30, 2014 12:17 am

New Dedication to Israeli Artists Part of Iconic Tel Aviv Square’s Makeover

JNS.org - Tel Aviv’s iconic King Albert Square is in the midst of a significant makeover. The...

Israel’s Rising Ethiopian Music Star on Life as a ‘Black Jew in a Land of White People’ (VIDEO) April 29, 2014 11:49 am

Israel’s Rising Ethiopian Music Star on Life as a ‘Black Jew in a Land of White People’ (VIDEO)

Israeli singer Ester Rada discussed her musical journey and Ethiopian roots in a recent...

David Broza and Wyclef Jean Promote Peace in Music Video for ‘East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem’ April 25, 2014 7:09 pm

David Broza and Wyclef Jean Promote Peace in Music Video for ‘East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem’

Israeli musician David Broza and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean teamed up recently to film the...

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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  • Blogs Theater 10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    10 Things I Learned From My Play About Holocaust Denial

    Last month, my one-man show Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey with the generous assistance of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran ran in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an Overall Excellence Award. The play has now been selected to run in the Fringe Encores Series at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, for four performances which started on Thursday, September 11. Getting the play to the stage was not easy, however. Here are [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Israeli Music Producer Racks Up Over 535,000 YouTube Hits – in Two Days

    Phenomenon: Tel Aviv-based musician and “sampler” extraordinaire, Kutiman (aka Ophir Kutiel) has hit another one out of the park with “Give It Up,” a fully-functioning song in its own right, assembled from hundreds of ameteur and instructional music videos. The Jerusalem-born musical prodigy is best know for his diverse online musical projects. In the latest video, uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 12th, Kutiel thanked most of the musicians and individuals he chose to include in the meticulously-edited clip, which opens with [...]

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  • Theater US & Canada Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    Behind-the-Scenes Reel of Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic Shows Scenes Using 4000 Extras (VIDEO)

    A recently released behind-the-scenes reel of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings shows just how far the director has gone to portray one of the Bible’s most famous narratives. In the clip, which shows scenes involving up to 4,000 extras, the visionary director discusses what drew him to the biblical tale of Moses. “The Moses story was a massive challenge, which I really love. I wanted to explore the complexity of his character and I was stunned by [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    Turner Classic Movies Showcases ‘Broad Sweep’ of the Jewish Experience on Film

    JNS.org – Since 2006, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable and satellite TV network has hosted “The Projected Image,” a month-long showcase examining how different cultural and ethnic groups have been portrayed on the big screen. At last, after previously covering African Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, Latinos, Native Americans, Arabs, and people with disabilities, the annual series is delving into Jewish film this month. “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film,” whose first segment aired Sept. 2, runs [...]

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

    The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

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