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Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance

By DANIEL HOFFMAN

PARIS (JTA) – Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.

The beatboxing reggae star once known for his signature beard and hasidic garb has left his...

Jon Stewart takes a summer break while Joan Rivers helps Israeli gay couple

By SIX DEGREES (No Bacon) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — Yuval and Liran, a gay Israeli couple, want to have a child — and they are using any help they can get, even from Hollywood. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne have joined a campaign to help the couple by posting photos of themselves holding a sign in Hebrew showing their support.

A Wider Bridge, an organization that connects the Israeli...

Streisand to perform at birthday bash for Peres

(JTA) — Barbra Streisand will make her official performing debut in Israel at the 90th birthday celebration for President Shimon Peres. Streisand is slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Israeli Presidential Conference on June 18.

According to the Times of Israel, it will be the iconic Jewish entertainer’s first official performance in Israel, although she has been to Israel on several occasions for personal visits.

Streisand is...

Valerie Harper, actress who played Jewish roles, diagnosed with terminal cancer

Valerie Harper, 73, the actress who famously played transplanted secular Jewish New Yorker Rhoda Morganstern on TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later on her own spinoff (“Rhoda”) revealed to the Today Show this morning and in an interview released in People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. The actress said her disease is terminal.

Harper, who beat lung cancer in...

Raisman selected for ‘Dancing with the Stars’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Aly Raisman, the Jewish gymnast who won three medals at last summer’s London Olympics, is joining the celebrity cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Raisman was among the cast revealed by “Good Morning America” on Tuesday for the show’s 16th season, which begins March 18. Others include former figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill, like Raisman an Olympic gold medalist.

Raisman rose to fame last summer...

Jewish Film Fest opens in Fairbanks, Alaska

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) — The 15th Farthest North Jewish Film Festival opened in Fairbanks, Alaska. Organizers say the festival, which began Saturday and runs through March 3, attracts mostly non-Jewish viewers from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, which sponsors the festival with Or HaTzafon, the city’s only synagogue. Attending a film will sometimes be a class assignment.

This year’s selection includes ; a documentary about the folk song “Hava Nagila”; and...

Oscar recap: Israeli films lose, Day-Lewis wins

LOS ANGELES (JTA) —  Two Israeli documentaries in contention for the Oscar for best documentary lost to the Swedish/British production “Searching for Sugar Man,” ensuring another year without an Israeli film winning a coveted golden statue.

Among the documentaries that came up short Sunday night were “The Gatekeepers,” an Israeli documentary featuring a series of interviews with six former leaders of Israel’s Shin Bet security service, and “5 Broken Cameras,” an Israeli-Palestinian...

Sacha Baron Cohen raking in the shekels

By SIX DEGREES (No Bacon) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — We pay a lot of money for Sacha Baron Cohen to make us feel uncomfortable. The Jewish London native is officially the highest paid British actor in America, according to Forbes.com, and even tops Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks in bringing in the dough.

Last year, Baron Cohen raked in nearly $31 million thanks to his film “The Dictator,” but did not make the Forbes Celebrity...

Drake finally wins a Grammy, Mayim Bialik stops nursing, Jewish ‘Downton Abbey’ heading for TV

By SIX DEGREES (NO BACON) STAFF

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — For Drake at the Grammys, the 10th time was the charm. The Jewish Canadian singer finally picked up his first Grammy, winning for Rap Album of the Year on Sunday in Los Angeles, on his 10th time being nominated.

The indie pop band fun., which features a Jewish lead singer, Jack Antonoff, took home two awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, for Song...

Jewish rebel pursues interracial romance in controversial Dutch film

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The dreamy expression of a child at a chocolate factory slowly spreads across Geza Weisz’s handsome face as he watches the quivering breasts and buttocks of young black women dancing around him at an Amsterdam nightclub.

The scene appears in “Only Decent People,” a dark and provocative Dutch-language film that examines the fraught relations between the country’s Jews and other minorities and stars Weisz,...