Arts and Culture

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...

Singer Pays Tribute to Israel, ‘Game of Thrones’ With Theme Song, Hatikva Mashup (VIDEO) April 25, 2014 4:07 pm

Singer Pays Tribute to Israel, ‘Game of Thrones’ With Theme Song, Hatikva Mashup (VIDEO)

Israeli singer-songwriter Michael Greilsammer paid tribute to the HBO series Game of Thrones...

Israeli Film Wins Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival April 25, 2014 9:34 am

Israeli Film Wins Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival

Times of Israel – The Israeli film Zero Motivation on Thursday took home top accolades in...

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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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