Jews in the News

Israeli pianist soldier (finally) strikes the right key

By TAL BLUMSTEIN

NEW YORK (JTA) — “You have night blindness,” the Israeli army doctor announced unsympathetically at my pre-service medical examination.

“You’re dismissed from your IDF mandatory army service by law,” he said and called the next soldier-to-be.

I was frightened by the diagnosis. I had worn glasses since...
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Meet restauranteur Lisa Schroeder, Portland’s resident Jewish mother in chief

By GIL SHEFLER

PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA) — It’s brunch time at Mother’s Bistro & Bar and owner-chef Lisa Schroeder has a small crisis on her hands involving the accidental defenestration of a busboy.

Moments earlier, a server had tripped and gone flying through one of the restaurant’s large picture windows....
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Evyatar Borovsky: A settler with an actor’s legacy

By ANAV SILVERMAN

(Tazpit News Agency) – In the recent media coverage of Evyatar Borovsky’s murder, the 31-year-old father of five young children was described in several international reports as a “hardline settler.” Borovsky, who hailed from the community of Yitzhar, was on his way to a theater rehearsal when...
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Ben Feldman hams up Jewish role on ‘Mad Men’

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s award-winning drama “Mad Men.” But Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role.

“The casting loved...
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Diane von Furstenberg: fashion icon, Holocaust museum supporter

By CHAVIE LIEBER

NEW YORK (JTA) — Diane von Furstenberg takes a seat at her long, farm table-inspired desk inside her office on the fifth floor in this city’s Meatpacking District. The studio is so vividly colored, so overly patterned and so decked out in exotic tchotchkes, von Furstenberg is...
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Meet Brian Bendis: the man who killed Spider-Man

By MICHAEL ORBACH

NEW YORK (JTA) — Spider-Man heroically dispatched countless foes since he arrived on the scene in 1962. Nearly a half-century later, Brian Michael Bendis managed to kill him.

In 2000, Bendis was hired to write Ultimate Spider-Man, a modern-day retelling of the classic Spider-Man story. More than 10...
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For California man, road to God runs through kosher wine

By CHAVIE LIEBER

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (JTA) — Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it’s also a...
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