Arts and Culture

In J.K. Rowling’s new novel, a villain is an Israel-hating anti-Semite


(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.


(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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Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with...
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Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26

(JTA) — Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, TMZ reported.

The 26-year-old struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande.

According to TMZ, Miller was found by police at his home in California’s San Fernando...
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‘The Cakemaker’ will be Israel’s entry into the foreign Oscar race

(JTA) — “The Cakemaker,” a successful indie film involving a gay and straight love triangle, will be Israel’s entry into the 2019 Academy Awards.

The film, written and directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, won six awards at Israel’s version of the Oscars, the Ophir Awards, on Thursday, including for best...
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Indie band Of Montreal joins Lana Del Rey, other acts in pulling out of music festival in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The American indie pop band Of Montreal was the latest artist or group to cancel its participation in the Meteor Festival in  Israel.

The three-day festival began Thursday.

“After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and...
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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo froze probe into handling of Weinstein charges following campaign donation

(JTA) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo froze an investigation into the prosecutor’s handling of sex crimes allegations against Harvey Weinstein days after receiving a $25,000 donation from the media mogul’s ex-lawyer.

Sludge and Capital and Main reported Wednesday about the closure of a probe by the state Attorney General’s Office into...
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