Arts and Culture

Leonard Cohen: A dark, brooding and loving genius

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

Two years ago the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (MAC) organized an exhibit on Canada’s favorite son writer, composer, singer and cultural icon, Leonard Cohen. Titled “A Crack in Everything,” the immersive and interactive exhibit included a collection of commissioned works from artists...
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DC suburb cancels screening of anti-Israel film

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Washington, D.C., suburb has canceled for now the screening of an anti-Israel film narrated by Roger Waters as part of a free documentary series.

Thursday’s proposed screening of ‘The Occupation of the American Mind’ in the Takoma Park Community Center in Maryland as part of the...
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The winners and losers of Israel’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

 — Most Americans, unless they’re Jewish or into Israeli geopolitics, probably don’t know or care that the Eurovision just took place in Tel Aviv. For those who don’t cross American cultural borders, Eurovision could best be explained as “European Idol,” the “Super Bowl” of song contests in which European...
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Herman Wouk, legendary author who brought Judaism into the mainstream, dies at 103

By RACHEL GORDAN

BOSTON (JTA) — Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the American mainstream, died Friday at the age of 103.

His agent confirmed the news to The Associated Press.

Wouk was the author of two...
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Bar Rafaeli owes Israel $2.25 million in back taxes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court ordered supermodel Bar Refaeli to pay about $2.25 million in back taxes.

The verdict in the Central District Court in Lod was handed down last month but the full ruling was published on Sunday, the Kan national broadcaster reported. Refaeli also was ordered to pay...
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Amy Schumer delivers her ‘royal baby’

(JTA) — Amy Schumer delivered what she called “our royal baby” hours before the birth of the new prince in Britain.

Schumer, 37, is married to chef Chris Fischer. Schumer posted a photo on Instagram of Fischer kissing his actress-comedian wife, who is holding their newborn son.

The couple was married...
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11 Jewish facts about ‘The Addams Family’ movies

By ARIELLE KAPLAN

(Kveller) — They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and … Jewish?

Well, not quite. But between Morticia Addams’ Yiddish pet name for her husband, Gomez, and to the very Jewish writer (Paul Rudnick) behind the movies’ scripts, it’s safe to say that the Addams family is, at least,...
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‘Empire’ cast members call for Jussie Smollett to return for next season

(JTA) — The top cast members of “Empire” sent a letter to Fox Entertainment and Disney executives calling for Jussie Smollett to be brought back for the show’s next season, not that his legal problems are behind him.

Smollett was written out of the final two episodes of the show’s...
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Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh is nominated for an Emmy

(JTA) — Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for best culinary host for her show “Girl Meets Farm.”

In an Instagram post, Yeh wrote that she is “completely verklempt” to be nominated.

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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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