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Israeli Linoy Ashram, Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, 2018

Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals in gymnastics world cup in Azerbaijan

In March, Ashram claimed blue-and-white pride by winning two gold medals and a bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup which took place in Bulgaria.

Why Cyprus should be your next vacation destination

Thanos Hotels cater to every guest: nature lovers, history buffs, families, wine and food connoisseurs, water sports enthusiasts or those just looking for a relaxing sea-view getaway.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
08/05/2021

Theater on wheels: Orna Porat to bring children joy from Dan to Eilat

A handful of other shows will be travelling with the theater throughout its trek.

08/05/2021

Acclimating to the outside world in style

A stay at Shalom Hotel & Relax in Tel Aviv is a lovely way to acclimate to the world once again as we evolve from the pandemic. Highly recommended.

By DEBI RUBIN
08/05/2021

Kevin Macdonald tells the ‘Post’ about the man behind ‘The Mauritanian’

Macdonald acknowledged that Slahi, who wrote about his experiences in the book Guantanamo Diary, including about months of torture that led to him to sign a false confession, is a Big Lebowski fan.

Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel

Spielberg’s new foundation announces first 10 Jewish documentaries

The 10 projects received a total of $225,000 from Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and the Maimonides Fund, with extra help from the Jim Joseph Foundation.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
01/05/2021

Israeli metal band Orphaned Land to team up with Chamber Opera Orchestra

In 2014, the band won the "Global Metal" award from the magazine Metal Hammer, and in recent years has done other collaborations with prominent musicians in the world of metal.

Jordan Peterson's new self-help book explores 12 new rules for life

Unlike traditional self-help gurus, Peterson finds meaning in purpose via responsibility

29/04/2021

Seeing the ‘Pardes’ for the trees with the Vertigo Dance Company

The title “Pardes” refers to an orchard but also to the roots of the word, which hail from the Persian “paradise.”

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
26/04/2021

‘What Do You Pray For?’ challenges disability stereotypes

Ben Rosloff manages to produce his series by doing research on his subjects.

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Film on World War II Resistance fighter wins Best Documentary Short Oscar

Israeli film 'White Eye' and Palestinian film 'The Present' were both nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, but lost to 'Two Distant Strangers.'

MDA ambulance

16-year-old Down Syndrome student volunteers for Magen David Adom

The volunteer, Eliyahu Peletz, found himself without any sort of framework or routine during the first COVID-19 lockdown, which prevented him from attending school or doing any social activities

Image of the John Swain direct messaging group.

Hundreds battle over the name Josh in Nebraska field

After a Facebook Messenger group of people named Josh went viral, hundreds of people – the majority of whom were supposedly named Josh – gathered in Nebraska for a pool noodle fight.

Tel Tzafit: Under the radar, but a spot not to be missed

Located in the coastal lowlands near Kfar Menachem, Tel Tzafit was declared a national park in 2008.

By ITSIK MAROM
24/04/2021
Steven Spielberg

Spielberg-produced Holocaust documentary to be streamed on Netflix

“The Last Days” will be remastered from the original 35 mm film before its streaming release on May 19.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
24/04/2021
The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US July 16, 2018.

Netflix acquires Israeli show about school shooting

The series — produced by Federation Entertainment, which is under the Israeli channel Reshet 13 — already has the green light for a second season from Netflix.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/04/2021

Founder of ‘Abrahamic Business Circle’ receives honorary doctorate

Dr. Raphael Nagel received the degree in recognition of his contribution to economic diplomacy in the Middle East.

Illustrator Tirtsa Peleg reflects on bringing children's stories to life

“A book has two languages,” says Peleg, “There is the textual language and the visual language.”

Does the Kinneret hold the secret of a 3,500 year old Canaanite murder?

According to two Israeli researchers, a submerged structure is key to understanding an Ugaritic myth and was identified as the remains of Moses’ sister Miriam’s biblical well.

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Oscars: Predicting the 2021 Academy Awards winners

Due to the pandemic, this year has marked a sharp shift toward streaming-service films, and most of the nominated movies were shown only briefly in theaters.

Gal Gadot gushes over new Smartwater drink

Much of the world could use the serenity these drinks promise after a year of the pandemic, although Gadot has managed to have a year of career highs in spite of COVID

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates spring

Guest conductor Daniel Cohen to lead two series, to work with 21-year-old pianist Tom Borrow.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
19/04/2021
Gil Shohat

Only the enlightened dream of hope

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd” – Voltaire

By GIL SHOHAT
19/04/2021

Habima to be owned by Tel Aviv municipality following financial crisis

This comes after years of serious conflicts and a massive financial deficit of over NIS 100 million.

18/04/2021

How does a Holocaust-themed escape room keep victims’ memories alive?

The “Holocaust or Hope Mini Museum and Escape Room” takes on a completely different approach to Holocaust education than most would expect.

Israeli pop duo Static & Ben El to perform on James Corden show

They will be musical guests on the talk show alongside The Black Eyed Peas.

17/04/2021

Scammer of the Tribe: Bernie Madoff ripped off Jewish orgs. around world

His 2008 arrest revealed the extent of his Ponzi scheme, which had a devastating effect on Jewish organizations worldwide.

'Like Godzilla, but actually real': study shows T. rex totaled 2.5 billion

Their analysis put the total number of T. rex individuals that ever existed at about 2.5 billion, including approximately 20,000 adults alive at any one time.

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Are the Olympics canceled? Japan official's comments sow doubts

Cancellation is "of course" an option, he said, adding: "If the Olympics were to spread infection, then what are the Olympics for?"

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Israel’s gutsy young actresses breaking through onto the global stage

A new crop of young Israeli actresses are beginning to attract attention abroad and may well attain mainstream international stardom.

Natalie Portman to star in HBO adaptation of an Elena Ferrante novel

Ferrante is a pseudonym and there has been much speculation as to the identity of the author.

UAE Ambassador to Israel Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

Online event introduces Israeli business leaders to Abu Dhabi

The networking initiatives represent part of ADIO’s efforts to increase cooperation with Israeli companies and introduce investors to the UAE.

13/04/2021
EGYPTIAN LEADER Anwar Sadat, US president Jimmy Carter and prime minister Menachem Begin meet at Cam

J Street to present Jimmy Carter with peacemaker award

Carter is being awarded for brokering the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/04/2021
Capitol Building, Mongomery, Alabama.

One Jewish photographer’s mission to preserve the legacy of the Rosenwald schools

In the years they operated, Rosenwald schools educated one-third of rural Black children in the South, an estimated number of more than 663,000 students.

By DAVE SCHECHTER/JTA
13/04/2021

The little Israeli car that couldn’t: The story of the Susita

Many today know of the Susita simply as a name, or have seen one of the handful of collectors’ cars at a rare auto show in Israel.

Batsheva Dance Company presents 'Girlanda'

The dress rehearsal was, as most are, full of tension and expectation.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
12/04/2021

Crossing Borders Living Together puts Haifa on the art scene

The 4th Mediterranean Biennale Living Together – Crossing Borders exhibit opens in Haifa.

CINEMA CITY in Jerusalem. Will it once again be filled with movie-goers?

‘Rehearsals’ wins big at TV awards, but cannot escape controversy

‘Manayek’ tops internationally syndicated ‘Tehran’ and ‘Valley of Tears’ for Best Drama.

Greek singer Nikos Vertis to visit Israel

Vertis has become well-known as an ambassador for Greek music in Israel and around the world.

Otters take over a pool in Singapore

Otter family invades apartment block to go swimming in pool in Singapore

Singapore has a thriving population of otters, which swam across the Johor Straits from Malaysia in the 1990s. They now live all over the island.

By REUTERS
10/04/2021
Helen Mirren

Before Helen Mirren, here are 7 actors who played Israeli prime ministers

It won’t be the first time that Meir has been portrayed in a big production. But Israeli prime ministers beyond Meir haven’t exactly hogged screen time in Hollywood productions over the years.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
10/04/2021

Jewish musicians rolling out year’s worth of spiritual ‘healing songs’

Along with eight other Jewish singers and prayer leaders, Brody will showcase the songs written during the pandemic during a concert Monday night.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
10/04/2021

Make Remembrance Day meaningful by visiting these memorial locations

Although Israel is a pretty young and geographically small country, it is home to countless sites and monuments created in memory of Israelis who lost their lives in service to the state.

By MEITAL SHARABI
09/04/2021

Should Israeli law be Jewish? - review

Where does the push for theocracy in the modern Jewish state come from?

By RABBI PROF. MARTIN LOCKSHIN
09/04/2021

Age positive

‘Getting old is not a crime” – so says Smadar Ganzi. In this interview with the Magazine, she explains why and what motivated her to start the campaign and a website for ProAging.

By BASIA MONKA
09/04/2021

A new tour book shows you The Jerusalem you’re looking for

In and Around Jerusalem for Everyone really is for everyone, whether you’re reading it on the trail or on your couch.

Avdija wears special message on sneakers for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Avdija came in to the court wearing black and wrote the word "Yizkor" - which means "remember" - on his sneakers.

Jazz is still alive in Mitzpe Ramon

“Yes, the music and music-making are so important, for musicians, school kids, and for the country as a whole, but there is something so special here."

08/04/2021

Travel: Beat the pandemic blues with Miami Beach

Surfside on Miami Beach: Beat the pandemic blues with the art-deco haven’s sultry ocean breezes

By MICHAEL LEVIN
08/04/2021
A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016

A chef, born near a matzah factory, delivers meals to Holocaust survivors

Now a successful chef, David Teyf has few memories of the matzah factory.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
06/04/2021
REEL DEAL: The new Yes Planet complex in Jerusalem.

After a year of being empty, cinemas to open next week

For a whole year, films have been delayed, tickets haven't been sold, and audiences are now itching to relive the cinema experience.

05/04/2021

Israeli insurance startup raises $250 million, doubling valuation

Next Insurance works in the field insurtech, which focuses on streamlining and efficiency in the insurance industry.

Authenticity of Jewish art to be celebrated

DC’s Adas Israel Congregation offers 70 works by 40 different artists from Israel, US, and Europe.

Cast member Natalie Portman poses at the premiere for "Annihilation" in Los Angeles, California, U.S

Natalie Portman highlights Jewish writers among her favorite books

Among her favorite books included Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, written by Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari.

02/04/2021
THE ROMANO SISTERS: ‘We paint from our heart. Our art comes from our inner truths and dreams.’

Fascinating witch drawings line 'The Secret World of the Introverts'

Nil and Karin Romano present stunning ink drawings at ‘The Secret World of the Introverts.’

DC Comics' Batwoman receives Jewish funeral in latest episode

Batwoman, also known as Kate Kane, is Jewish and an out-of-the-closet lesbian, both of which have been defining parts of her character since her 2006 comics debut.

31/03/2021

New Amy Winehouse film to mark 10 years since singer's death

"I don't feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy."

By REUTERS
31/03/2021

A ‘Nazi love story’ about a mass murderer who got away

“The Ratline” tells how both the Catholic Church and the Allies were active in shuttling unrepentant Nazis to new lives in the West;

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
31/03/2021

Winston Churchill in Palestine – 100 years on

“The establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine will be a blessing to the whole world.”

By LEE POLLOCK/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
28/03/2021

Clubhouse and BuzzFeed’s Passover event will feature a digital afikomen

Clubhouse will host a Passover seder with several celebrity guests, rabbis, Holocaust survivors and philanthropists — and the digital afikomen will be a matzah-themed NFT artwork up for auction.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
27/03/2021

Ernesto Teicher, Jewish community builder in Argentina, dies at 76

“He taught us about three columns in the balance sheet. The classic assets and liabilities. But also a third column, the continuity of the Jewish people.”

By JTA STAFF
27/03/2021

Chicago U gifted largest private collection of antique Haggadahs

“It will be a treasure trove for faculty, students and visiting researchers seeking to explore Jewish religion."

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
26/03/2021

‘Donny’s Bar Mitzvah’ wants to be the raunchiest Jewish movie ever

“Donny’s Bar Mitzvah,” which is also having a theatrical release in New York City on Friday, is mostly an homage to the comedy cinema of the 1990s.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
26/03/2021

The two Israeli guys who wrote Russia’s Eurovision song

The song, an anthem to Russian women’s resilience in English and Russian, won the national contest, fittingly, on International Women’s Day.

Jewish leading man George Segal is dead at 87

“I didn’t change my name because I don’t think George Segal is an unwieldy name. It’s a Jewish name, but not unwieldy."

When Hillary, Greta and RBG became hipsters

This is not the beginning of a joke, but rather the subject of a series of portraits by Israeli Iillustrator Amit Shimoni.

24/03/2021
The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US July 16, 2018.

Some prime Passover TV viewing

Now that in so many ways we have learned to live with the virus, this documentary will take you back to the early, scary days when it seemed that this might be the beginning of the end.

Google Doodle for Israel's election day

Google Doodle honors Israeli election day with ballot cartoon

When one clicks on the new logo, it presents a Google search for "Israel Elections 2021," and the logo – now at the top left of the page – has a blue sky with white clouds in the background.

'Prince of Egypt' West End musical to resume shows in July

For the first two months of its run, the play will operate under social distancing regulations, until they are legally lifted on September 6.

22/03/2021
Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley’s hora at his daughter’s Jewish wedding went fine

“I’ve been really working out hard because apparently they’ve got to pick me up in a chair.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/03/2021
ISRAEL RUGBY team member Vitali Primak sports his Provacan jersey during a recent competition

Israel and UAE face off in rugby in historic first friendly sports matchup

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin congratulated both teams in a tweet and said that Israel hopes to host the Emirati squad in Israel “very soon.”

By JTA STAFF
20/03/2021

Harnessing the power of self-confidence

Gilboa/Galil forward Jehyve Floyd opens up about his hoops journey and motivation for his book.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/03/2021

Hillel's Tech Corner: Inspira makes breathing easy

In 2021, the ability to breathe is sadly something we can’t take for granted anymore.

18/03/2021
money

OECD guidance on transfer pricing during COVID-19 pandemic

The OECD guidance should help multinationals close their books for 2020 by clarifying how to use comparable published data about unrelated groups.

By LEON HARRIS
18/03/2021
Poker cards and chips

FIDF to host its first-ever national poker tournament

Participants in the event, hosted by Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, will include the famous Israeli poker player Eli Elezra and sports commentator Jeff Platt.

18/03/2021

Five notable Jewish, Israeli nominees for 2021 Oscars

“Mank,” the black-and-white Netflix film about Jewish screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, earned 10 Oscar nods, including for best picture, making up nearly half of Netflix’s total nominations.

By EMILY BURACK/JTA
16/03/2021

Grammys: Doja Cat snub angers fans, compared to Nicki Minaj

Despite a successful year and a widely praised performance at the ceremony, the Jewish-American rapper didn't take home a single award.

Jewish highlights of Grammys: Breakout performance but no win for Haim

The ceremony was unusual: There was no audience, the nominees sat outdoors at socially distant tables and the awards were announced by people involved with local music venues across the US.

By EMILY BURACK/JTA
15/03/2021

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies age 66

He is widely regarded as one of the best of all time, and arguably the best middleweight of all time.

14/03/2021

TV adaptation of ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ novel to stream on Hulu

The book follows the dating and other travails of Toby Fleishman, a 40-something Jewish New Yorker recently separated from his wife.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/03/2021

Sarah Penner’s ‘The Lost Apothecary’ is an intriguing tale of domestic poison

Dual narratives don’t always work – I often find myself much more interested in one and rushing through the other. But Penner keeps both parts of The Lost Apothecary engrossing.

By COLETTE BANCROFT
11/03/2021

Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his first novel in six years

Ishiguro’s first novel in six years, Klara and the Sun is one of the most anticipated books of the season, from an author who has spent four decades exploring language and emotion.

By MOIRA MACDONALD
11/03/2021
Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is writing and directing a movie based on himself

The Jewish playwright who wrote “Angels in America” and has collaborated with Spielberg on “Munich” and “Lincoln,” is working with the famed director

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
10/03/2021

These new Haggadah options will spice up your Passover Seder

Artists, comedy writers, a range of clergy and more have given the ancient text a modern spin in recent years.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
10/03/2021

Diego Schwartzman gets emotional after winning hometown Argentina Open

“I’m very happy, I wanted to play well today, the atmosphere was spectacular,” Schwartzman said while crying after the match. “I have no words, just emotion and happiness.”

By JTA STAFF
09/03/2021

Team Israel alumnus Sam Fuld brings analytics, people skills to new role

Fuld, who played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, is hoping he can match some of Amaro’s accomplishments with the Phillies.

By ROB CHARRY/JTA
09/03/2021
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Drake raps ‘I should probably go to yeshiva’ in his new single

Born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto to a Black father and Jewish mother, Drake attended Jewish day school as a kid and had a bar mitzvah.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
08/03/2021

Likud website features ironic photo of Netanyahu, Cuomo shaking hands

That would not have been cause for any controversy, had Cuomo not currently been under federal investigation

Movie lovers flock back to Jerusalem Cinematheque

Noa, a student, said, “As soon I heard about the reopening, I got very emotional, after what we’ve been through the last year. I immediately bought myself a ticket.”

Mazal Tov! Gal Gadot pregnant with third child

"Here we go again," the Wonder Woman star announced on social media.

01/03/2021

Golden Globes: Sacha Baron Cohen wins big, other fun Jewish moments

Here’s what you might have missed:

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
01/03/2021
Shira Haas at the Golden Globes

Shira Haas loses Golden Globes award to Taylor-Joy from Queen’s Gambit

Haas, who went to Los Angeles to take part in the event, accompanied by her agent, Zohar Yakobson, said Saturday night that she "feels immense pride as an Israeli actress."

Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom Video Communications

Stanford researchers identify cases of 'Zoom fatigue'

The researchers also claim to have identified their simple fixes.

26/02/2021

Lior Ashkenazi to star in new movie

The film, which is currently shooting, is being produced by Efrat Cohen (The Dive) of Tel Aviv University’s Gaudeamus Productions.

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