Jews in the News

A time to kvell: ‘Menschkins’ celebrates its first anniversary and beyond

By JACOB KAMARAS

(JNS.org) —  While this past Rosh Hashanah marked the 5775th birthday of the world on the Jewish calendar, one humor-infused Jewish family of seven (including the dog) marked a single year down and some serious catching up to do.

On Sept. 29, 2013, co-creators Harvey Rachlin and...
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Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

By JULIE WIENER

NEW YORK (JTA) — When your mother is the world’s most famous advice columnist, you wouldn’t think you’d have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard — daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers’ twin sister Dear Abby (nee Esther...
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Twenty years on, the real and radical legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

By MAAYAN JAFFE

(JNS.org) — He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,”wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier...
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After Harvard, Alan Dershowitz plans an active – and combative – retirement

By ANTHONY WEISS

CHILMARK, Mass. (JTA) — Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess.

Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes filled with items from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife emptied recently and sold after he retired from...
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David Letterman’s sidekick on his ‘dream job,’ Jewish upbringing

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) — A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back.

After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler...
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From ‘Star Trek’ to one-man show, William Shatner stays in the limelight

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) — On April 24, audiences around the country had the chance to feel what it is like to be William Shatner, the Jewish actor best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek.”

For one night only, Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World”—which...
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A cut above: America’s Top Mohels

By URIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Who knew? It turns out that mohels not only have one of the most peculiar professions in the Jewish world, but they’re funny, eccentric and self-promotional in odd ways, too.

 

Circumcision activists pro and con can debate the efficacy of circumcision for...
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After Auschwitz trip, Cantor warns against dangers of isolationism

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Rep. Eric Cantor took the stage last week at the Virginia Military Institute to deliver a wide-ranging foreign policy address, Auschwitz was on the House majority leader’s mind — and so, observers suggest, was the state of his party.

In his speech, the...
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Devorah Halberstam’s path from bereaved mother to counterterrorism authority

By UtRIEL HEILMAN

NEW YORK (JTA) – When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case.

The shooter, Rashid Baz, was captured the following day and confessed...
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Beatles’ Jewish manager remembered 50 years after American debut

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) — Amid the celebrations and hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America and their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the man Paul McCartney called “the fifth Beatle” is not often mentioned. But experts say that without him, the Beatles as we...
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