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Jews in the News

Evyatar Borovsky: A settler with an actor’s legacy


(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 he was stabbed to death by a Palestinian on the morning of April 30 at the Tapuach Junction, a central...

Ben Feldman hams up Jewish role on ‘Mad Men’


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 that I was a Jew in real life,” Feldman told JTA. “They were looking for the typical character, a Jew...

Diane von Furstenberg: fashion icon, Holocaust museum supporter


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 one of the few people who could possibly occupy it.

Seated across from her is Sara Bloomfield, the executive director...

Meet Brian Bendis: the man who killed Spider-Man


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 years, 160 issues and several blockbuster Hollywood adaptations later, Bendis did the unthinkable, killing off the superhero’s famous alter ego,...

For California man, road to God runs through kosher wine


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 calling.

“This is my livelihood but I don’t quite run it like a full-fledged business,” Cantz told JTA in an...