Arts and Culture

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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Al Franken learned about justice from his childhood rabbi

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — In February 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe carried a snowball on to the floor of the Senate to prove global warming did not exist.

Everyone knows “it is very, very cold outside,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “Unseasonable.”

That, said Al Franken, gave him an idea.

“I...
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Paul Shaffer’s post-Letterman act: Touring with ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Band’

By GABE FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis Mayfield single and a plaque presented by...
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‘Wonder Woman,’ big-name concerts upstage cultural boycott of Israel

By ADAM ABRAMS

(JNS.org) — As Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” film heads toward $400 million in earnings after debuting in early June, and numerous big-name musical acts line up to perform in Israel this summer, the influence of the BDS movement’s cultural boycott of the Jewish state appears...
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Wonder Woman ban spreads across Arab world

(TPS) — “Wonder Woman” may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but the movie has hit the rocks in much of the Arab world because of its Israeli star, Gal Gadot.

After being banned in Lebanon, “Wonder Woman” is now facing...
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How to Make Labne Ice Cream

By SHANNON SARNA

(The Nosher via JTA) — Labne lovers rejoice — you can now enjoy you favorite yogurt dip as a dessert. If you love tangy, tart frozen yogurt, you are going to love this easy frozen dessert topped with tahini, silan (date honey), regular honey and/or crumbled halvah.

This...
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Lebanon calls for ban of ‘Wonder Woman’ film because lead actress Gal Gadot is Israeli

JTA) — Lebanon’s Economy Ministry has filed a request to ban the upcoming film “Wonder Woman” because its star, Gal Gadot, is an actress and model from Israel.

A Lebanese security official told CBS News on Tuesday that the required committee of six Lebanese ministries has yet to take up...
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Filmmakers pull out of Tel Aviv LGBT film festival citing Israel boycott

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several filmmakers scheduled to participate in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival have pulled out, citing pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The festival is scheduled to open Thursday and run through June 10.

Among those who have pulled out in support...
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