Arts and Culture

Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas April 9, 2014 7:20 am

Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

JNS.org – Many young Jewish artists struggle to define who they are personally, artistically,...

Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’ April 9, 2014 7:16 am

Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The...

Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds April 5, 2014 10:55 pm

Play About Muslim Man Who Discovers His Parents Are Jewish Seeking Funds

Jewish comedian and writer David Baddiel is seeking public support to help produce a musical...

Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO) April 4, 2014 12:17 am

Meet New York’s 6’7″ Jew Who Will Rap for You (VIDEO)

He’s a 6’7″ Jewish freestyle rapper who roams the streets of New York delivering...

Finding Our Own Garden of Eden (VIDEO) March 20, 2014 7:37 am

Finding Our Own Garden of Eden (VIDEO)

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday of the New Year, corresponds to the sixth day of creation,...

For Purim, Rocking Rabbi Puts Positive Spin on ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ (VIDEO) March 16, 2014 9:29 am

For Purim, Rocking Rabbi Puts Positive Spin on ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ (VIDEO)

A musically gifted, saintly looking rabbi reinvented American folk song Man of Constant Sorrow...

Israeli-Canadian Singer’s New Single Seeks to Give Purim Miracle Everyday Relevance March 16, 2014 2:03 am

Israeli-Canadian Singer’s New Single Seeks to Give Purim Miracle Everyday Relevance

JNS.org - In time for Purim 2014, popular Israeli-Canadian singer and composer Naftali...

Report: Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park Reserved for June Rolling Stones Concert March 12, 2014 7:52 am

Report: Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park Reserved for June Rolling Stones Concert

Ynet – The chances of a Rolling Stones concert in Israel this summer are growing: Yedioth...

First Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ Revealed: Assistant District Attorney Andi Dorfman March 11, 2014 6:03 pm

First Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ Revealed: Assistant District Attorney Andi Dorfman

Jewish Atlanta, Ga., native Andi Dorfman will search for true love on the upcoming season...

With Jewish-Infused Style, Late Sid Caesar Revolutionized Television Comedy March 11, 2014 10:40 am

With Jewish-Infused Style, Late Sid Caesar Revolutionized Television Comedy

JNS.org – The recently deceased Sid Caesar made America laugh, and in so doing, revolutionized...

Defying BDS Calls, Promoter Shuki Weiss Brings Big-Name Performers to Israel March 6, 2014 8:01 am

Defying BDS Calls, Promoter Shuki Weiss Brings Big-Name Performers to Israel

JNS.org – While Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto...

Anthrax Rocker Describes Jewish Mother’s Scream After Telling Her About His Career Choice March 4, 2014 11:16 pm

Anthrax Rocker Describes Jewish Mother’s Scream After Telling Her About His Career Choice

Scott Ian, of thrash metal band Anthrax, revealed the difficulty he faced as a teen, and...

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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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