Arts and Culture

Footage of Controversial, Never-Released 1972 Jerry Lewis Holocaust Film Surfaces (VIDEO) August 13, 2013 10:52 am

Footage of Controversial, Never-Released 1972 Jerry Lewis Holocaust Film Surfaces (VIDEO)

Scenes from a controversial never before released Jerry Lewis film are finally seeing the...

Father’s Book Offers Insight into Netanyahu’s Worldview August 13, 2013 8:49 am

Father’s Book Offers Insight into Netanyahu’s Worldview

JNS.org - Although the late Benzion Netanyahu wrote four of the five essays in “The...

Eydie Gorme, Jewish-American Singer, Dies at 84 August 12, 2013 7:23 pm

Eydie Gorme, Jewish-American Singer, Dies at 84

JNS.org - Jewish-American singer Eydie Gorme, who became famous for her popular duet performances...

Israeli Jeweler Michal Negrin Opens Store in SoHo, Eyes U.S. Expansion August 8, 2013 9:05 am

Israeli Jeweler Michal Negrin Opens Store in SoHo, Eyes U.S. Expansion

JNS.org – Iconic Israeli costume jeweler Michal Negrin, who for more than 25 years...

New Film ‘When Comedy Went to School’ Explores the Genesis of the Jewish Comedian (VIDEO) August 2, 2013 2:11 pm

New Film ‘When Comedy Went to School’ Explores the Genesis of the Jewish Comedian (VIDEO)

“Why do Jewish people represent such a small percentage of the overall population but...

Contemporary Artist Gary Baseman Goes Back Home Through Los Angeles Museum August 1, 2013 10:58 am

Contemporary Artist Gary Baseman Goes Back Home Through Los Angeles Museum

JNS.org - Inviting the museum visitor down hallways and through rooms of rendered memories...

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen July 31, 2013 9:39 am

Hannah Arendt ‘Banality of Evil’ Theory on Eichmann Revisited On Screen

JNS.org – Fifty years after Hannah Arendt came out with her controversial book, “Eichmann...

Theater Company to Stage Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Unprecedented Yiddish Performance (VIDEO) July 30, 2013 4:55 pm

Theater Company to Stage Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ in Unprecedented Yiddish Performance (VIDEO)

The Yiddish theater once enjoyed packed houses in New York City’s Lower East Side, and...

‘Homeland’ Writer’s Work Shaped by Jewish Heritage, IDF Service July 26, 2013 6:23 am

‘Homeland’ Writer’s Work Shaped by Jewish Heritage, IDF Service

JNS.org – Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That...

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict July 24, 2013 9:21 am

‘Peres In Therapy:’ Comedy Show Could be a Solution to the Mideast Conflict

Israel has a fresh and vital comedy scene, with a host of “stand-up-istim” (yes, that’s...

War Correspondent’s Death Changed Course for Oscar-Winning Jewish Producer Simon Chinn July 21, 2013 7:15 am

War Correspondent’s Death Changed Course for Oscar-Winning Jewish Producer Simon Chinn

JNS.0rg - The career of British-Jewish film producer Simon Chinn, who has received two...

International Trance DJ Hardwell to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Pressure, Petitions (VIDEO) July 18, 2013 12:23 pm

International Trance DJ Hardwell to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Pressure, Petitions (VIDEO)

International trance DJ Hardwell will perform in Tel Aviv on December 19th, despite pressure...

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    ‘Tears of Color’ Art Exhibit Shows Struggles of Israelis With Eating Disorders

    JNS.org – “This is how I want to be—without fear. Independent. I want to be like a bird. I want to spread my wings.” So reads part of the description beneath one of the 30 paintings on display until the end of May at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv. The collection represents the first-ever art exhibit of its kind: an exhibit created entirely by Israelis in treatment for eating disorders. Dubbed “Tears of Color,” based on one of the [...]

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  • Beliefs and concepts Book Reviews Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    Overprotective or Loving? Daughters Reflect on Jewish Mothers in New Anthology

    JNS.org – Rachel Ament noticed that she and her friends often shared humorous anecdotes that were typically variations on a theme: overprotective, worrying Jewish moms who smothered them with love. That included Ament’s own mother. “My mom is probably every Jewish stereotype scrunched into one,” the Washington, DC, resident tells JNS.org. “At the root of all these stereotypical, worrying, overprotective moms, is love.” A social media writer for Capital One, as well as a freelance writer, Ament decided about three years [...]

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  • Book Reviews Commentary ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    ‎Kosher Lust: Love is Not the Answer (REVIEW)

    Kosher Lust, by Shmuley Boteach (Gefen Publishing House, 2014). You really do want to find something positive to say about Shmuley Boteach. He is a phenomenon; very bright, an articulate bundle of energy and self-promotion. Anyone who has the chutzpah to describe himself as “America’s Rabbi” deserves ten out of ten for effort. I believe that along with most Chabad alumni, official and unofficial, he does a lot of good and is a sort of national treasure. In this world [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Theater Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    Hollywood’s Revisiting of Passover’s Exodus Story a Part of Throwback ‘Year of the Bible’

    JNS.org – In a throwback to the golden age of cinema, Hollywood has declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” From Ridley Scott’s Exodus starring Christian Bale as Moses, to Russell Crowe playing Noah, Hollywood is gambling on new innovations in technology and star power to revisit some of the most popular stories ever told. “It’s definitely a throwback to the 1950s and early ’60s,” Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield, an American Studies professor at Brandeis University, told JNS.org. Starting with The [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    ‘Jewish Giant’ Headlines New York Jewish Museum Exhibit

    Eddie Carmel, dubbed “The Jewish Giant” by American photographer Diane Arbus, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening April 11 at The Jewish Museum in New York. Arbus met Carmel, who was billed “The World’s Tallest Man,” at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus in 1959 but waited until 1970 to photograph him at his parents’ home in the Bronx, according to the museum. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel posed for Arbus with his head bowed to [...]

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  • Music US & Canada Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    Disney Hit ‘Frozen’ Gets Passover Themed Makeover With ‘Chozen’ (VIDEO)

    A Passover themed cover of hit songs Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen has attracted tons of media buzz and a cool 65,ooo views on YouTube within days of going online. The work of Jewish a capella group Six13, the track is aptly named Chozen. We are celebrating “our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere” the group said. The Chozen music video tells the story of [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Retreat Gives Young Artists New Platform to Engage With Jewish Ideas

    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, and religiously. Against the backdrop of that struggle, the recent Asylum Arts International Jewish Artists Retreat provided a space for some 70 young Jewish artists to explore Jewish ideas, to build community and a culture of reciprocity, and to learn skills to assist their career development. “We are trying to encourage and excite people to engage in Jewish themes,” says Rebecca Guber, director of Asylum Arts. [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Literature Darren Aronofsky Adds Psychological Depth, Little Else to ‘Noah’

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

    JNS.org – Has the era of large-scale biblical epics returned? Not since “The Ten Commandments” has there been so much torrential water on the big screen (not counting weather-related disaster films such as “The Impossible”) than in “Noah,” the latest blockbuster from writer and director Darren Aronofsky. “Noah” takes the traditional tale and splices it in an eco-friendly and psychologically driven plot. After Adam and Eve got booted out of the Garden of Eden and after Cain killed Abel, mankind [...]

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