Arts and Culture

Mayim Bialik makes a Facebook pitch to light an Independence Day torch in Israel

(JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik wants to light a torch on Mount Herzl for Independence Day.

For the second year in a row, one of the 12 torches lit by important Israelis at the annual Independence Day ceremony to open the 24-hour celebration will be reserved for a member of...
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Oscars 2018: For Jewish nominees, a night not to remember

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Half a century ago, Bob Hope’s films were wildly popular, but the comedian was never nominated for an Academy Award.

So when Hope served as host of the 1975 Oscar bash, he opened his monologue with “Welcome to the Academy Awards … or as it’s known...
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Netflix creating miniseries about murdered Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Netflix began production in Buenos Aires of a miniseries about the late AMIA Jewish center bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

The British director Justin Webster will prepare four to six episodes about the life and shooting death of Nisman, who investigated the 1994 attack on the...
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Gal Gadot to voice herself on ‘The Simpsons’

(JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot will voice herself on an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Gadot will appear in an episode of the animated sitcom titled “Bart’s Not Dead” airing in season 30 this fall, The Wrap reported Monday.

On Tuesday, the “Wonder Woman” star announced her news on Twitter accompanied...
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Paul Simon says his upcoming tour will be his last

(JTA) — Paul Simon says he is going to stop touring, save for the “occasional performance” for charity.

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling,...
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Leonard Cohen and Carrie Fisher win posthumous Grammy Awards

(JTA) — After more than a dozen albums and a little more than a year after his death, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen won his first Grammy.

Cohen posthumously won the award for best rock performance at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in New York City.

The winning tune is the title track...
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Store that sells ‘P is for Palestine’ children’s book faces more heat — from the left


NEW YORK (JTA) — Book Culture, a chain of independent New York City bookstores, just can’t win.

First it promoted a children’s book about Palestine that praised intifada. That angered members of the Jewish community, so Book Culture apologized, condemned violence against Israelis and declared its support for...
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Oscar nominations 2018: 5 Jewish takeaways

(JTA) — If one thing jumps out about the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards, it’s the lack of big Jewish headlines to be plucked from them. “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s latest fantasy-tinted film, about an amphibian creature housed in a government laboratory, led the pack with...
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JCC reschedules ‘Keep Quiet’ film for Jan. 25

The JCC has rescheduled the screening of “Keep Quiet,” a movie originally scheduled for a January 16 showing.

The film, based on a true story of a former far-right, anti-Semitic Hungarian, who discovers his Jewish roots, will now be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25 at the...
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The 5 best Jewish films to watch this Oscar season


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — With the Academy Awards on the horizon, there is no shortage of high-quality films to see in theaters and on the small screen.

Getting a jump on the festivities, here are five of the best Jewish-themed ones to watch this awards season, from Oscar...
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