Arts and Culture

These comedians want to bring Yiddish humor to TV

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — It’s safe to say that Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman are some of the funniest Yiddish speakers around. Their Yiddish-English web series, “YidLife Crisis,” is a modern-day, Montreal-based “Seinfeld” that would make any Jewish mother kvell (“It’s in Yiddish!”) and kvetch (“The sex, drugs and...
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What if the Nazis won? This is what American pop music would sound like

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Let’s imagine, for a moment, that the Nazis won World War II and occupied the United States. If that had happened, what would postwar American pop music have sounded like? Would music have even been created in the forms we know today?

Those...
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9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

By LINDA BUCHWALD

(JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters.

The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery...
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Scarlett Johansson slams Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Actress Scarlett Johansson, who has called the administration of President Donald Trump “scary,” accused his oldest daughter, Ivanka, of acting in a “cowardly” manner.

In a public interview Thursday at the Women in the World Summit in New York, Johansson, who is Jewish, discussed Ivanka Trump’s...
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Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

NEW YORK (JTA) — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on...
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7 new kids’ books for Passover, from seder guides to stories

By PENNY SCHWARTZ

(JTA) — From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog who wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests.

The selection of fresh reads, including two...
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Amanda Peet, when asked about eating Easter bunnies: ‘Guys, I’m Jewish’

(JTA) — ABC’s “Good Morning America” talk show isn’t always this awkward.

Actress Amanda Peet and actor Hank Azaria were guests on the show Wednesday and talked about their new IFC show “Brockmire,” which centers on a baseball announcer.

But before talking about the series, both were asked about how...
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Britney Spears concert spurs postponement of Labor party leadership

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Britney Spears is proving to be “Toxic” to Israel’s Labor party.

Leaders of the left-wing party announced Wednesday that they are postponing the planned leadership primary on July 3, the same day of the American pop singer’s concert in Tel Aviv, over fears that voters would have...
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Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize in Stockholm ceremony without media

(JTA) – American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has received his Nobel diploma and gold Nobel medal in Stockholm.

On Saturday, the Swedish Academy with Dylan in a private ceremony in order to present him with the trappings of his Nobel Prize for Literature, according to a blog post the following day...
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Jewish countertenor, 23, wins prestigious Metropolitan Opera award

NEW YORK (JTA) — A 23-year-old Jewish singer won a prominent competition held by the Metropolitan Opera.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, a countertenor from Brooklyn, was one of six winners among the nine finalists who performed at the National Council Auditions Grand Finals at Lincoln Center on Sunday. The prize is...
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