Arts and Culture

William Shatner didn’t include a Chanukah song on his new Christmas album

(JTA) — William Shatner recently released a star-studded holiday album titled “Shatner Claus,” on which he croons classic Christmas tunes as “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silent Night.”

But there are no Chanukah songs on it, and the Jewish icon is having regrets about that.

“I was going to do ‘Dreidel,...
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Quentin Tarantino and Israeli singer Daniela Pick marry under a chuppah

(JTA) — Director Quentin Tarantino married Israeli singer Daniela Pick under a chuppah in their Beverly Hills, California, home.

The couple had a nearly decade-long transatlantic relationship that began when Tarantino was visiting Israel to promote his movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Two decades separate the couple: Tarantino is 55 and Pick...
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CNN fires commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who called for a ‘free Palestine from the river to the sea’

(JTA) — CNN has fired Marc Lamont Hill, a political commentator and professor at Temple University, after he used a phrase associated with Palestinian extremists – “a free Palestine from the river to the sea” – during a speech at the United Nations.

A CNN representative told Mediaite on Thursday that Hill...
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Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Alaska in ‘Northern Exposure’ reboot

(JTA) — Neurotic Jewish physician Dr. Joel Fleischman will return to Cicely, Alaska in a revival of the television series “Northern Exposure.”

Actor Rob Morrow will return as his Jewish doctor character, Variety reported. According to the report, Dr. Joel Fleischman returns to Cicely for the funeral of an old...
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OP-ED: Stan Lee gave comic books permission to be more Jewish

By ARIE KAPLAN

(JTA) — When Stan Lee died on Nov. 12 at 95, he left behind a vast legacy. Between 1961 and 1969, his greatest sustained burst of creative activity, he co-created a vast array of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible...
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Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee dies at 95

(JTA) — Stan Lee, who as one of the masterminds behind Marvel Comics created such mega-popular comic book franchises as Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He was 95.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, the son of a...
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This woman combines Jewish and Japanese cuisines, from gyoza kreplach soup to mochi latkes

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEIN

(JTA) —Kristin Eriko Posner recalls feeling torn right before she finalized her conversion to Judaism. Though she felt an affinity to the religion from a young age and was eager to embrace the faith of her now husband, she worried that converting would negate another important part...
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National WW2 Museum to Host Holocaust Studies Symposium

The National World War 2 Museum will hold a Holocaust Studies Symposium on Thursday, October 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Join top scholars for this public conversation about the academic discipline of Holocaust Studies who will discuss, “What Do We Do When the Witnesses Are Gone?”

For information...
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Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin is dead at 76

(JTA) — Marty Balin, the co-founder of the iconic 1960s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died in Tampa, Florida, of unspecified causes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 76.

Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald to Jewish parents in Cincinnati in 1942, Balin was one of the founding members of Jefferson Airplane and...
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Gwyneth Paltrow to marry Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons

(JTA) — Gwyneth Paltrow and television executive Brad Falchuk are set to marry this weekend at their home in the Hamptons, Page Six reported.

The Hollywood actress and Falchuk, who have dated for more than three years, will be wed in front of about 50 people at the ceremony, according...
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