Arts and Culture

Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12.

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Tchaikovsky’s Jewish problem

By TOM TUGEND

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, “Our Great Tchaikovsky,” Hershey Felder — a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some of the world’s greatest composers to the stage — faced a moral question.

Does towering...
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‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works, Warner Bros. announces

(JTA) — Warner Bros. has officially announced that it will produce a sequel to its wildly successful “Wonder Woman” film.

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced the follow-up, called “Wonder Woman II,” at the Comic-Con in San Diego, California, according to reports. The movie reportedly will be set...
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Israeli student art project containing relics from Auschwitz will be exhibited

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final project of an art student who said she used artifacts she removed from Auschwitz will go on display after she clarified that they came from outside the former Nazi camp.

Beit Berl College near Kfar Saba in central Israel announced late last week that the...
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Israeli wines produced in West Bank removed from Canadian stores

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has ordered stores in the province to remove Israeli wines manufactured at two wineries of the West Bank from their shelves as they are labeled “Product of Israel” and not marked as “Product of the West Bank.”

According to a letter obtained by B’nai Brith...
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ADL expresses ‘concerns’ about Jay-Z Jewish lyric

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about a Jay-Z lyric that “Jewish people own all the property in America,” but emphasized that it did not believe that the rapper intended to promote anti-Semitism.

“The lyric does seem to play into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jews and money,” said...
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Quentin Tarantino gets engaged to Israeli singer Daniela Pick

(JTA) — Quentin Tarantino has become engaged to an Israeli singer, Daniela Pick.

The famed director and the 33-year-old musician and model, the daughter of Israeli singer and songwriter Tzvika Pick, were engaged Friday night in Los Angeles, Ynet News reported.

“It’s true, we’re very happy and very excited,” Pick...
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Britney Spears mobbed at Western Wall ahead of Tel Aviv concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Britney Spears was mobbed by fans during a visit to the Western Wall.

The American pop star arrived Sunday in Israel ahead of her concert scheduled for the following evening at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. It was her first visit to Israel.

Excited fans mobbed Spears,...
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Qatar is third country to ban ‘Wonder Woman’ over Israeli actress Gal Gadot

(JTA) — Qatar has become the third Arab-majority country to ban the screening of the movie “Wonder Woman” because Israeli  actress Gal Gadot is playing the title role.

The film had been scheduled to premiere in Qatar on Thursday and was being promoted by the local theater chains VOX Cinemas...
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9 Jewish books to read this summer

By VICTOR WISHNA

(JTA) — Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book — but summer is when you might actually have time to read.

So before these warm months all too swiftly fade to fall, here are some Jewish-themed titles, from...
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