Arts and Culture

Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee dies at 95

(JTA) — Stan Lee, who as one of the masterminds behind Marvel Comics created such mega-popular comic book franchises as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was 95.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the son of a...
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This woman combines Jewish and Japanese cuisines, from gyoza kreplach soup to mochi latkes

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEIN

(JTA) —Kristin Eriko Posner recalls feeling torn right before she finalized her conversion to Judaism. Though she felt an affinity to the religion from a young age and was eager to embrace the faith of her now husband, she worried that converting would negate another important part...
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National WW2 Museum to Host Holocaust Studies Symposium

The National World War 2 Museum will hold a Holocaust Studies Symposium on Thursday, October 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Join top scholars for this public conversation about the academic discipline of Holocaust Studies who will discuss, “What Do We Do When the Witnesses Are Gone?”

For information...
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Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin is dead at 76

(JTA) — Marty Balin, the co-founder of the iconic 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died in Tampa, Florida, of unspecified causes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 76.

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald to Jewish parents in Cincinnati in 1942, Balin was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane and...
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Gwyneth Paltrow to marry Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons

(JTA) — Gwyneth Paltrow and television executive Brad Falchuk are set to marry this weekend at their home in the Hamptons, Page Six reported.

The Hollywood actress and Falchuk, who have dated for more than three years, will be wed in front of about 50 people at the ceremony, according...
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In J.K. Rowling’s new novel, a villain is an Israel-hating anti-Semite

By YVETTE ALT MILLER

(JTA) — For months author J.K. Rowling has been warning about the dangers of anti-Semitism in England, sparring on Twitter with critics who either downplay the phenomenon or say its proponents are confusing criticism of Israel with Jew hatred.

Now, in her newest book, she includes...
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Had enough sweet stuff at the New Year? Here’s some savory for Succot.

By MEGAN WOLF

(JTA) — So much at the Jewish New Year is sweet — first fruits, honey, honey cake. By the time Succot rolls around, we’re often looking for something savory to offset it all

Regardless of the time of year, we have some favorites in...
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This year’s Oscar foreign film race is full of movies on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Russia nominated a film about the Nazi death camp Sobibor as its entry for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

“Sobibor,” a multimillion-dollar production with state funding, centers on the 1943 escape by Jewish inmates from the camp under the leadership of Russian inmates. It was...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ wins big at 2018 Emmy Awards

Amazon Studio’s streaming  “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a show set in 1950s New York with a great many Jewish characters, ran away with the comedy categories at Monday night’s 70th Annual Emmy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles.

The show, in its second season, won the Outstanding Comedy Series Award, the...
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Woody Allen’s wife Soon Yi Previn defends him against accusations of child sexual abuse

(JTA)– Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen, defended her husband of 25 years against charges that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was 7.

“What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn, 47, told New York magazine in an interview published in the Sept....
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