Arts and Culture

Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen are starring in Mayim Bialik’s first film

(JTA) — Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen are starring in a film to be written and directed by Mayim Bialik.

Actors Olivia Thirlby and Simon Helberg, who appeared in the television series “The Big Bang Theory” together with Bialik, are also set to star in the comedy-drama titled “As Sick...
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Chef Michael Solomonov is helping to build a culinary school in Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — Michael Solomonov, the award-winning Philadelphia restaurateur who was the first Israeli-born recipient of a James Beard Award, has joined the advisory council of an Israeli culinary school set to open in 2021.

Solomonov announced he was becoming the inaugural member of the school’s advisory council at...
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You can buy Marilyn Monroe’s menorah for $150,000

(JTA) — For $150,000, you can light a literal candle in the wind — or eight — on a menorah owned by Marilyn Monroe.

The bombshell film icon’s menorah will go up for auction by Kestenbaum & Co. on Nov. 7 in New York with a guide price of $100,000...
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Robert Evans, storied producer of ‘Godfather’ and ‘Chinatown,’ dies at 89

(JTA) — Robert Evans, the Hollywood producer behind a string of classic films who fell prey to — and then recovered from — a cocaine addiction, has died at 89.

Evans, born Robert Shapera in Manhattan in 1930, was a women’s pants salesman when he was discovered at the Beverly...
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Zubin Mehta conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for final time as music director

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Conductor Zubin Mehta conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the final time as its musical director.

Mehta, 83, performed with the Orchestra on Sunday evening in Tel Aviv and was honored with an extended standing ovation. Members of the orchestra threw flowers on the conductor and his...
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Gal Gadot to star in film about Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot will star as Polish heroine Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis, in a film produced by the actress and her husband.

Gadot and her husband Yaron Varsano have formed the production company Pilot Wave. Gadot will star as Sendler...
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Jodi Kantor on what’s changed since her Weinstein story unleashed a wave of #MeToo

By EMILY BURACK

NEW YORK (JTA) — When New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the Harvey Weinstein story on Oct, 5, 2017, it started a #MeToo revolution: Women began sharing personal experiences of the sexual harassment and abuse they had faced.

Even though the activist Tarana...
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Demi Lovato apologizes to fans offended by her Israel visit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demi Lovato had gushed about her “magical” visit to Israel, saying she felt a “sense of spirituality” there.

Now the 27-year-old pop star and actress is apologizing to those who may have been offended by her trip.

In Israel, Lovato made three posts earlier this week on...
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Molly Yeh’s Apple Cider Brisket: A treat for brunch, too

By MOLLY YEH

This slow-cooked brisket is featured on season 4 of Molly Yeh’s Food Network show “Girl Meets Farm,” which captures her life on a sugar beet farm. Flavored with apple cider and maple syrup, it embraces Rosh Hashanah food traditions and, best of all, can be enjoyed at...
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‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ star recalls Holocaust survivor grandmother at Emmys

(JTA) — Alex Borstein of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” recalled her Holocaust survivor grandmother’s courage in defying the Nazis at the Emmy Awards.

Borstein, who won the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Midge Maisel’s manager Susie Myerson, dedicated her award on Sunday night to her grandmother and...
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