Arts and Culture

Neshama Carlebach is figuring out how ‘to both love and not love’ her father

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — Neshama Carlebach says she is figuring out how “to both love and not love” her father.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a spiritual leader and musician whose soulful melodies penetrated the hearts of people across the religious spectrum, is the man who made her into who...
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Oscar winning composer, conductor André Previn dies at 89

André Previn, the jazz and classical artist and conductor and award-winning film composer, died at his home in Manhattan on Thursday, February 28. He was 89.

Previn, whose Jewish parents fled the Nazis from his birthplace of Berlin, first lived in Paris for a year in 1938 before emigrating to...
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Israeli director Guy Nattiv picks up live action short film Oscar

With a shout out to his fellow Israelis, filmmaker and director Guy Nattiv accepted the Academy Award on Sunday night for his short film “Skin.” “Oh my God, I moved here five years ago from Israel,” Nattiv said as he accepted the award. He then spoke in Hebrew “Laila tov (“Good night”),...
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Jussie Smollett arrested, charged with falsely reporting hate crime

(JTA) — Jussie Smollett was charged with a felony for making a false police report in which the “Empire” actor said he was the victim of a hate attack last month in Chicago.

Smollett, who is black, Jewish and gay, was charged Wednesday with felony disorder conduct, which carries a...
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A Jewish guide to the 2019 Oscars

(JTA) — The Oscars are a mess. Hollywood’s biggest night still does not have a host, after Kevin Hart withdrew over past homophobic tweets. That seemed to have reminded celebrities who were potentially interested in the gig that it’s one of the toughest in showbiz (some want to believe Whoopi Goldberg...
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CNN and NBC agree to air ad for Oscar-nominated documentary about NY Nazi rally

(JTA) — CNN and MSNBC have each agreed to broadcast an ad that Fox News rejected for a documentary about a Nazi rally held in New York in 1939.

The filmmakers of “A Night at the Garden,” which has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of documentary short,...
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Jeff Tweedy on his Jewish conversion, the next Wilco album and why he loves his synagogue

By STEPHEN SILVER

(JTA) — Since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, there have been quite a few rock stars with Jewish heritage. To name a few: Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Gene Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Geddy Lee and — depending on the decade — Bob Dylan.

But how many have...
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Julian Edelman shaves beard during taping of ‘The Ellen Show’

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman arrived on set to tape a segment of “The Ellen Show” sporting his big, bushy beard and left mostly clean-shaven. Ellen Degeneres, you see, made him an offer he could not refuse.

She said she would donate $10,000 to the Boys...
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Billy Crystal plays a rabbi for the first time in this indie drama

By STEPHEN SILVER

(JTA) — On the surface, “Untogether” is a drama about a pair of young women struggling to come into their own as adults in contemporary Los Angeles. While that setup may sound mind-numbingly familiar to fans of American indie film, “Untogether” — which debuts Friday in theaters...
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Woody Allen sues Amazon for nixing $68 million movie deal, claims it’s because of abuse allegations

(JTA) — Woody Allen is suing Amazon for killing a $68 million movie deal, claiming it was based on what he called “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.”

The media company backed out of the four-movie deal and refused to release the Jewish Oscar-winning director’s film “A Rainy Day in New...
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