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Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal to join Jewish orgs in raising a glass to first responders

Crystal, the comic who starred in movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” in the 1980s coined the phrase “You look mahvelous” as Fernando, an oleaginous nightlife host on “Saturday Night Live.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/05/2020
A display for the gaming company Nintendo is shown during opening day of E3, the annual video games
Quarantine boosts US to record $10.86 billion video game sales

NPD Group estimates the sales totals for the second quarter ending June 30 will be even higher.

By REUTERS
19/05/2020
American families creating plastic 'hug shields' for their grandparents

“I wanted to cry because I couldn’t believe that this was happening it just means a lot,” Rose said, after hugging her great-grandchildren for the first time in over two months.

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Katy Perry, John Legend join 3-day star-studded livestreaming event

Houseparty viewers will be able to watch cooking videos with Snoop Dog, Zooey Deschanel, Bad Bunny, Jose Andres and Christina Tosi; and workout routines from Terry Crews and Cam Newton

By REUTERS
14/05/2020
Patriots owner Robert Kraft auctioning Super Bowl ring for charity

You can have one of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings while helping those in need facing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/05/2020
Taika Waititi holds his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit" during the 92nd Academy
New ‘Star Wars’ projects from Taika Waititi and Leslye Headland on the way

This marks Waititi’s return to the world of Star Wars.

By TRACY BROWN/TNS
05/05/2020
Gene Simmons of KISS
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons learns of his Holocaust survivor mother’s life

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons said his mother almost never spoke about her Holocaust ordeal, including time in Nazi camps.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/05/2020
Boris Johnson names his newborn after doctors who saved his life

Nicholas was a nod to Nick Price and Nick Hart - two doctors who the couple have praised for saving Johnson's life at St Thomas' hospital last month.

By REUTERS
02/05/2020
South African anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg dies at age 87

Despite recieving help from the Israeli government in the negotiated release of his 22-year imprisonment, Goldberg remained a vocal critic of Israel and avid supporter of the BDS movement.

30/04/2020
Seth Rogen
First image of Seth Rogen as Jewish pickle maker is historically accurate

The Seth Rogen Jewish immigrant pickle movie is still happening, and we now have some striking photo evidence.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
29/04/2020
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian West endorses spoken word album about Armenian genocide

Kardashian is of Armenian heritage, Friday marked the 105th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/04/2020
'One World' concert featuring major stars to air in Israel tonight

The event, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the nonprofit group Global Citizen, told the personal stories of teachers and healthcare, grocery, delivery, postal and other workers.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/04/2020
Jewish celebrity Saturday night Passover seder yields $2.5M for charity

The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of celebrities and raised $2.6 million for the CDC Foundation.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/04/2020
Guitar illustrative
Brazilian-Israeli family performs home-quarantine version of ‘Hallelujah’

The Brombergs, who immigrated to Israel from São Paulo, Brazil in 2018, play and sing Leonard Cohen’s enduring classic song in English and Hebrew.

By MARCUS M. GILBAN / JTA
07/04/2020
William Helmreich, famous sociologist of US Jewry, dies of coronavirus

Helmreich, 74, an academic with eclectic interests whose areas of expertise ranged from race relations to urban life to Orthodox Jewry.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
31/03/2020
Workers construct what is believed to be a makeshift morgue behind a NYC hospital
Daniel Azulay, Brazilian artist and educator, dies of coronavirus at 72

Daniel Azulay, one of Brazil’s most prominent children’s artists and educators, died March 27 at 72 in Rio de Janeiro. Azulay was being treated for leukemia when he contracted the coronavirus.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
30/03/2020
Man holding a basketball
More firsts for Yeshiva U men’s basketball as they pick up awards

Two players have been named All-American, including one on the first team, and a coach has been chosen as national Coach of the Year.

By MARC BRODSKY/JTA
26/03/2020
Israel from space 1
Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir posts photo of Tel Aviv taken from space

The usually bustling Israeli city is seen looking desolate amid the spread of the coronavirus.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
19/03/2020
Shahak Shapira
His comedy mocks Germany’s history, but he’s thinking about leaving

Shapira burst into Germany’s consciousness on New Year’s Eve 2015, when several Arab men beat him on a Berlin metro train because he had objected to their singing anti-Israel and antisemitic chants.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/03/2020
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) celebrates on the field
Julian Edelman says he is studying for his bar mitzvah

Edelman, 33, also said he has attended synagogue during the football season.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
10/03/2020
Judge Judy
‘Judge Judy’ to end after 25th season, but Judy will be on a new bench

A new show, “Judy Justice,” will premiere the next year.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/03/2020
Jewish Hall of Fame wrestler Bill Goldberg takes WWE title in Saudi Arabia

Goldberg, the grandson of Romanian and Russian immigrants, had his bar mitzvah in his native Tulsa, Oklahoma.

By MARCY OSTER
03/03/2020
Leslie Wexner to step down from Victoria’s Secret parent company

Billionaire entrepreneur Leslie Wexner, under fire for his ties to the disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein and allowing a culture of sexual harassment.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/02/2020
Birthright trip from India
Bollywood's first gay romantic comedy banned in UAE

"The film will not be screened in theatres in the predominantly Muslim UAE, a desert country of around 10 million people where gay sex is illegal," said filmmaker Hitesh Kewalya.

By REUTERS
21/02/2020
Diego Schwartzman fights through injury to win match

It was the longest match in the history of the Buenos Aires tournament.

By JTA STAFF
17/02/2020
First Arab Muslim rider joins Israel’s only professional cycling team

"I joined ICA to fulfil my biggest dream: Racing in the World Tour and Tour De France!" 23-year-old Chokri Elmehdi from Morocco said.

Gene Reynolds, co-creator of ‘M*A*S*H,’ dies at 96

The series is one of the highest-rated shows in the history of American television; its final episode was at the time the most-watched program ever, with more than 50 million families tuning in.

By REUTERS
05/02/2020
Mark Zuckerberg tells tech conference he has ‘become more religious’

He attributed his religious evolution to the issues his company has faced over the last few years and the birth of his two daughters.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/02/2020
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler signs on to make 4 more movies with Netflix

Netflix announced on Friday that it would extend its relationship with Sandler, who has been working with the streaming giant since 2015.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/02/2020
A birthday as a time of financial reflection

I spent some time looking into the significance or mention of birthdays in Jewish sources.

By AARON KATSMAN
30/01/2020
Money changer holds U.S. dollar banknotes as he counts other currency banknotes in Tehran
Tax Authority reduces aliyah tax breaks

The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) has found a controversial backdoor way of retroactively reducing the ten-year Israeli tax exemption for foreign income of olim (new immigrants) in the tenth year.

By LEON HARRIS
30/01/2020
Billie Eilish to give ‘special performance’ at Oscars ceremony

Newly minted Grammy-winner Billie Eilish will perform live at the Oscars ceremony next month.

By REUTERS
30/01/2020
Parties and politics at the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is where luminaries from the worlds of art, commerce, and politics meet over collagen-infused cocktails to talk about movies.

By LAURI DONAHUE
30/01/2020
Stolen Marc Chagall painting sells for $130,000 at auction in Israel

The Painting was stolen days before a 1996 auction. It was found in 2015 in the estate of an elderly woman in Jerusalem after her death.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/01/2020
Michael Italiaander paints Anne Frank's influence on Nelson Mandela.
Anna Frank’s influence on Nelson Mandela portrayed by 97-year-old artist

Mandela read Anne Frank’s Diary during his long imprisonment in Robben Island and he said that the book gave him strength.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Fauda writer and director sign TV deals

Amir Mann will be working on a show called Band of Spies, an international coproduction about Mossad agents who track down the Palestinian terror group Black September.

Family of late Jewish rapper Mac Miller releases his last album

In the announcement, the family explained that at the time of his passing, Miller was “well into the process of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/01/2020
Cast member Natalie Portman poses at the premiere for "Annihilation" in Los Angeles, California, U.S
Natalie Portman inspires African American lesbian’s journey in new play

‘A love letter addressed to every queer girl struggling to actualize her dreams – and every poor, black family fighting to love one another despite the onslaught’

‘Jojo Rabbit’ shows Hitler through the eyes of a child
Jewish celebs star in Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue fantasy film

The much-anticipated Vanity Fair Hollywood 2020 features two Jewish celebrities, actress Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) and Jojo Rabbit director and actor Taika Waititi.

Brooklyn Nets wear‘No Place For Hate’ shirts with ADL logo

The campaign was started as the number of anti-Semitic attacks has risen recently across the New York area, particularly in the borough of Brooklyn.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/01/2020
GAL GADOT
Gal Gadot is the new face of Smartwater

The Israeli model and actress will appear in video clips set to run on social media and be featured prominently in other media, including the Times Square sign in New York City.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/01/2020
Palestinian musician Firas Harb uses Spotify app on his mobil phone in Beit Sahour, in the West Bank
Spotify to remove playlist titles about Jews and the Holocaust

A spokesperson for Spotify said this Thursday in a statement to the New York Post that the content in question violates company policy.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2020
Buck Henry, 1978.
Buck Henry, The Graduate screenwriter and frequent SNL host, dies at 89

Henry, whose real name was Buck Henry Zuckerman, was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for the classic 1967 film, The Graduate,

Netflix airs series on murdered Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Nisman’s body was found on Jan. 18, 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to back up his claim.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
04/01/2020
NBA players, referees to wear black band honoring David Stern

The Dianne and David Stern Foundation philanthropy included a number of Jewish causes, according to Inside Philanthropy.

By REUTERS , MARC BRODSKY/JTA
04/01/2019
McDonald's at Ben Gurion.
After nine years, McDonald’s is back at Ben Gurion

Another restaurant is already operating at Terminal 1, although because of the terms of the bid, it is not allowed to sell burgers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/01/2020
Dance Review: Copplél-I.A. world premiere

Jean Christophe Maillot manages to infuse the original story with challenging balletic practices with contemporary notions

By ORA BRAFMAN
31/12/2019
Hillary Clinton brought to tears by Yiddish 'Fiddler on the roof' show

“I just can’t tell you how extraordinary this made me feel,” Clinton said.

By EMILY BURACK/ JTA
31/12/2019
Teapacks to perform at fund-raiser for BeKol

Since 1988, Teapacks has been one of Israel’s leading bands.

Israel’s Pink Floyd cover band, Echoes, honors The Wall's 40th anniversary

Echoes, the Beersheba outfit, has been around for some time itself.

29/12/2019
Young IPO has hearts in the right place

The orchestra, conducted by Hillel Zori, will take the stage at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium on January 7, a show that will be broadcast live on radio.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
29/12/2019
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Concert review: Accurate, but not quite inspiring

Daniela Skorka had a hard time making her lovely, fresh-sounding soprano heard over the orchestral din.

By URY EPPSTEIN
29/12/2019
Season 3 of 'Fauda' viewed a million times in 48 hours

The episode received 12.6% of the broadcast viewership on Thursday, breaking records for previous seasons.

The Jews who defined the 2010s

From politics to sports to entertainment, these Jews defined the last decade.

By JTA STAFF
28/12/2019
'Elena of Avalor' Hanukkah episode a win for diversity

In the episode, viewers learn a little something about Hanukkah’s origin story, as well as the meaning of the menorah and other Hanukkah symbols.

By SARAH AROESTE/JTA
27/12/2019
Star Wars enthusiasts huddle with their lightsabers after participating in Earth Hour at Taguig City
Star Wars Jedi named for hero student in U. of North Carolina shooting

The character is named Ri-Lee Howell and was first mentioned in the Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker visual dictionary, CNN reported.

26/12/2019
Top 10 photographs of the decade
The top 10 photographs of the decade, 2010-2020

Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem presents some of his favorite images from the more than a million pictures shot for the newspaper over the past decade.

Top 10 photographs of the decade
Shimon Peres says goodbye - photo 2

Top 10 photographs of the decade

Film festival (Illustrative)
US film festivals next month spotlight Israeli movies

Most of these films will be released in the US at some point, but you can see them before that at these festivals, and often in the company of their directors.

The Critical Need For Lifesaving EpiPens In Israel

One recent evening, a babysitter was looking after some children in their home

By UNITED HATZALAH
25/12/2019
The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California
Netflix's 'Messiah' already controversial before its release

While the series creator Michael Petroni says his show is merely provocative and not offensive, over 3,500 people seem to disagree

25/12/2019
Gal Gadot to co-produce film adaptation of controversial Israeli book

The Israeli actress became world-famous from Wonder Woman, but her next project tackles a more controversial source material.

25/12/2019
Drag queen Alyssa Edwards attends RuPaul's DragCon 2017.
Drag superstar Alyssa Edwards to dance into Tel Aviv for the new year

Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson, better known as Alyssa Edwards, will be starting the new year by flying over to Israel from her home and dance studio in Texas with a weekend of performances in Tel Aviv.

23/12/2019
A gentle rhythm king

Musical focusing on African refugees in Israel debuts next month

By SHANNA FULD
31/12/2019
Pop classics top most-played songs of decade

Among recent hits on the list is “Waiting,” a collaboration between pop diva Rita and Idan Raichel, known for incorporating music from many ethnic backgrounds into his work, in fifth place.

Concert Review: IPO

Most effectively performed were Richard Strauss’s sound effects in “Till.”

By URY EPPSTEIN
22/12/2019
Sounds like the desert

The Tzlilim Bamidbar Festival at Sde Boker celebrates 22 years with a stellar lineup

22/12/2019
NY Times names ‘Prisoners of War’ top international TV series of decade

Prisoners of War debuted in Israel in 2009 and its second season was broadcast here 2012. Following the success of Homeland, it became available in the US on streaming platforms, such as Hulu.

IOANNIS SFAIROPOULOS Ioannis Sfairopoulos has brought stability to Maccabi Tel Aviv, both locally an
Maccabi Tel Aviv shows faith in Sfairopoulos

Yellow-and-blue re-ups coach’s deal for at least two years, also signs Jackson • Jerusalem tops Mac Haifa.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/12/2019
Jewish Disney princess lights up holiday season

The Hanukkah episode is available on the Disney Channel and the DisneyNow app.

Quentin Tarantino at the Jerusalem Cinemateque on December 14, 2019.
Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino attends Jerusalem screening

Tarantino attended the screening of the documentary, QT8: The First Eight by Tara Wood.

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ renewed for 4th season

The series has garnered a closet full of awards, including 16 Emmys. Rachel Brosnahan also has won numerous prominent awards as the titular character.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
14/12/2019
Struggle for liberation highlights J’lem Women’s Film Festival

In addition to the Jerusalem Cinematheque, screenings and events will be held at other venues around the city.

It’s all just music for Etty BenZaken

Versatile singer takes leave as soloist to concentrate on wide range of artistic endeavors

12/12/2019
Actor Michael Douglas poses with his father Kirk Douglas and son Cameron Douglas during the unveilin
Screen legend Kirk Douglas turns 103

Becoming a star in Hollywood's golden age and appearing in nearly 100 movies since, he rediscovered Jewish spirituality late in life, following a visit to Jerusalem that moved him.

The Golden Globes
Israeli director calls out Golden Globes for lack of female nominees

Just five female directors have ever been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Frank Sinatra's Golden Globe for promoting Jewish equality to be auctioned

“Sinatra's advocacy continues to be tremendously relevant in light of current global affairs," said auction owner Nate Sanders

11/12/2019
Rothschild musical by Fiddler on the Roof creators on the way to Jerusalem

Binder and Salter have produced more than 30 shows together since founding Encore! in 2007.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/12/2019
Festival Review: Jerusalem Jazz Festival

The Impressionist Gallery was packed to the rafters for the show, as were all the gigs I managed to attend over the three days.

10/12/2019
Dance Review: A winning presentation for ‘2019’

The one decisive factor that will make 2019 memorable to the core, has to do with space design, rather than the bold and important dramaturgical content.

By ORA BRAFMAN
10/12/2019
A participant dressed as a character from the show "Ghostbusters"
Time to get slimed - again - as Ghostbusters: New trailer released

The Ghostbusters franchise will be back this summer, retooled for the digital age.

Poet Shani Pocker
Rhymin’ with the Tel Aviv Hebrew Poetry Festival

Iconic Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin’s poetry will be celebrated December 23 at 10 p.m. at the bar of the Third Ear, located at King George Street 48.

By HELEN KAYE
13/12/2019
Comedy for Koby celebrates 25th tour

The highly popular stand-up comedy revue, led by American comic Avi Liberman, benefits the Koby Mandell Foundation, which works on behalf of bereaved families and victims of terrorism.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
The director of ‘The Art of Waiting’ on why his film has touched so many

What the film captures so well, and one of the reasons it is such a hit, is that it shows not just the difficulties and inconveniences involved in the process, but also the emotional side of it.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
New woman’s leadership award named for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation announced the new Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award on Tuesday in honor of Ginsburg’s “exemplary career and life.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/12/2019
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