Jews in the News

Ben Feldman hams up Jewish role on ‘Mad Men’

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s award-winning drama “Mad Men.” But Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role.

“The casting loved...
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Diane von Furstenberg: fashion icon, Holocaust museum supporter

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Diane von Furstenberg takes a seat at her long, farm table-inspired desk inside her office on the fifth floor in this city’s Meatpacking District. The studio is so vividly colored, so overly patterned and so decked out in exotic tchotchkes, von Furstenberg is...
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Meet Brian Bendis: the man who killed Spider-Man

By MICHAEL ORBACH

NEW YORK (JTA) — Spider-Man heroically dispatched countless foes since he arrived on the scene in 1962. Nearly a half-century later, Brian Michael Bendis managed to kill him.

In 2000, Bendis was hired to write Ultimate Spider-Man, a modern-day retelling of the classic Spider-Man story. More than 10...
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For California man, road to God runs through kosher wine

By CHAVIE LIEBER

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (JTA) — Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it’s also a...
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