Arts and Culture

He’s Jewish, she’s Muslim. His jazz band’s song ‘Date a Jew’ talks about the pressures surrounding their relationship.

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Sammy Miller and his girlfriend Misha grew up in vastly different cultures: Sammy was raised Jewish in suburban Los Angeles, while Misha was raised Muslim in Karachi, Pakistan, moving to the United States when she was 12.

Miller also happens to be a musician —...
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Taika Waititi’s big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit Awards.

But this year’s Oscars...
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This Jewish data whiz predicts the Oscar winners with math

Spoiler alert! See Ben Zauzmer’s Oscar predictions at the bottom of this article. (JTA) — In 2012, the first year that Ben Zauzmer made Oscar predictions based on mathematical modeling, he received an email from a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that chooses...
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The first ‘Harry Potter’ book is now available in Yiddish

(JTA) — As of today, the first book in the Harry Potter series is available in Yiddish.

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as it is known in the United States — was released in Yiddish by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst...
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Sculptor Beverly Pepper, famed for monumental iron and steel works, dies at 97

(JTA) – Beverly Pepper, a sculptor famed for her monumental iron and steel works, has died. Pepper died Wednesday at her home in Italy. She was 97.

Pepper was born Beverly Stoll in Brooklyn in 1922. She moved to Europe in the late 1940s and in the early 1950s settled...
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Pee-wee Herman is back with a tour, and possibly much more

By CURT SCHLEIER

(JTA) — Thirty-five years after his breakthrough film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” and 29 years after that notorious incident in a Florida adult movie theater, Paul Reubens is back.

The comedian known as Pee-wee Herman is embarking on 25-city, two-month tour that will take him across the country. Each...
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Harold Rome subject of Dansker lecture tonight at Touro

George Dansker will be holding his annual lecture tonight on a Jewish composer tonight following services at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue. This time, though,  the subject is not nearly as well known as those for whom he has held previous tributes (Bernstein, Berlin, Weill, Rodgers, the Gershwins etc.).

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Gladys Bourdain, who helped launch her chef son’s celebrated career, dies at 85

(JTA) — Gladys Bourdain, who convinced an editor to publish the first article written by her chef son Anthony, has died.

Bourdain died in hospice on Friday in the Bronx, New York. She was 85.

She worked for nearly 25 years as a copy editor at the New York Times...
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Marc Maron hints at tragic Jewish family history in ‘Finding Your Roots’ preview clip

(JTA) — The next episode of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” delves into the family histories of three prominent Jews: actor Jeff Goldblum, NPR host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron.

In this clip from the episode debuting on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Maron reacts to learning about the...
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Oscars 2020 nominations: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media.

The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race and gender equality. Only one actor of color was...
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