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10 Jewish facts about ‘Jeopardy!’ host Mayim Bialik you should know

By MADDIE ALBERT

In case you missed it, Jewish actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik is officially a new host of “Jeopardy!” She will be hosting primetime and spinoff versions of the beloved game show — including ABC’s recently announced college championship.

Bialik may be best known for the memorable characters she’s played, including Amy Farrah Fowler in the “Big Bang Theory” and Blossom in the beloved ’90s sitcom by the...

Mayim Bialik to host ‘Jeopardy!’ specials as the game show reveals post-Trebek lineup

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — “Jeopardy!” is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show’s new primetime specials.

Following longtime host Alex Trebek’s death last fall, Bialik served as one of the show’s celebrity guest hosts for two weeks in June. In her new role, the star of “The Big Bang Theory” will host new spinoff series, including...

Legendary Jewish stand-up comedian Jackie Mason dies at 93

– Jackie Mason, a former rabbi who went from Catskills comic to hit one-man shows, passed away on Saturday at the age of 93.

Mason died at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by longtime friend and entertainment lawyer Raoul Felder, AP reported.

His memory was honored by celebrities of all stripes. Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame tweeted, “I took my folks to...

Jackie Mason was a Jewish American comedy icon. These videos show why.

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — Jackie Mason, who died Saturday at 93, didn’t always set out to be a comedian. In fact, it wasn’t until he was 30 that he left behind the Orthodox rabbinate for irreverent open-mic nights.

Mason, born Yacov Moshe Maza to Orthodox parents, was one of the last survivors of the Borscht Belt comedy circuit that propelled a host of Jewish funnymen, including Jerry Stiller and...

3 Jewish filmmakers were arrested in Nigeria, accused of working with rebels. Their families say they were just donating a Torah scroll.

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Three Jewish filmmakers working on a documentary about far-flung Jewish communities in Africa have been detained for days by Nigerian authorities and accused of aiding a separatist rebellion led by a Nigerian Jewish activist.

Their families say they were doing nothing of the sort.

They say the men were giving a Torah scroll to a small Jewish community in southern Nigeria — a gift as...

2021 Emmys: All the Jewish nominees, from Jurnee Smollett to Michael Douglas

By EMILY BURACK

(JTA) — At the last Emmy Awards, “Schitt’s Creek,” the comedy from Jewish father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, swept the night, winning every comedy category for its sixth and final season. While there’s no big Jewish show to cheer on for another powerhouse performance this year, there’s still a bevy of Jewish nominees, which were announced Tuesday.

Black Jewish actresses lead the way

Jurnee Smollett received her...

Quentin Tarantino opens up about learning Hebrew, his life in Tel Aviv and being an ‘abba’

(JTA) — Yes, Quentin Tarantino is learning Hebrew — at the same speed as his toddler.

The famed non-Jewish American director, who has been married to Israeli singer and actress Daniella Pick since 2018, opened up Tuesday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” about his new life in Israel, which included a longer-than-expected stint in Tel Aviv during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The idea was that we would spend three to four...

Begin is subject of new documentary film ‘Upheaval’

By ALAN SMASON

The producers of “Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin,” a film on the life of the former Israel prime minister, could not have planned its release at a better time. Now that Benjamin Netanyahu has assumed the post of head of the loyal opposition after 12 years as prime minister, the man who was head of the Herut Party and the leader of the opposition for most...

Meet the Orthodox mom competing on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

By JACQUELINE RODERICK

(Kveller via JTA) – If you’re in need of inspiration today, look no further than Orthodox mom of four Liba Yoffe, who is competing in the current season of “American Ninja Warrior.”

Yoffe, 35, is the apparently first Orthodox Jewish woman to participate in the popular fitness competition — now in its 13th season on NBC — which pushes its athletic contestants to their limits with incredibly difficult...

Director, writer Susan Sandler releases ‘Julia Scotti: Funny That Way’

By ALAN SMASON

It’s taken more than six years of her life, beset with challenges such as a global pandemic in the final year of post-production and editing, but Susan Sandler has finished the documentary film she began in 2015 and released “Julia Scotti: Funny That Way” in time for Pride Month.

In the Jewish universe, Sandler is noted for her work as a playwright and in particular for her...