Jewish Celebrity

Nissim Black in a field wearing traditional Hasidic garb. (Tziporah Litman/Courtesy of Black)

HBO to produce comedy series about Hasidic rapper Nissim Black

“Motherland Bounce,” the name of the series and one of Black’s recently released singles, tells the story of how he went from selling drugs in Seattle by age 12 to finding a spiritual home in Israel.

By CALEB A. GUEDES-REED/JTA
28/04/2022
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow funds historical signboard at her Jewish ancestors’ cemetery in Poland

The informational signboard will be unveiled on Tuesday at the Jewish cemetery of Nowogród in northeastern Poland.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/04/2022

Jewish celebrities discuss antisemitism in YouTube special

In “Recipe for Change: Standing Up to Antisemitism,” a YouTube special released on Thursday, a whole cohort of Jewish celebrities discuss antisemitism.

By EVELYN FRICK/JTA
15/04/2022

Nehemiah Persoff, Jewish character actor, dies at 102

The Israeli-born performer, who died Tuesday from heart failure in his home of San Luis Obispo, California, at the age of 102, appeared in more than 200 stage and screen roles during his lifetime.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
07/04/2022

Jewish sensitivity in publishing and Hollywood

You don’t need to imagine the outcry that would occur today if the character of Rosa Parks were played by a white actress.

By FERN REISS
03/03/2022

Should Jewish roles in film and TV be played by Jewish actors?

Does it really matter if an actor isn't Jewish when they are hired to play a Jewish character?

By ALAN ZEITLIN
03/03/2022

Mel Brooks, newly minted memoirist, insists he’s more ‘New York humor’ than ‘Jewish’

“Jewish comedy was softer and sweeter. New York comedy was tougher and more explosive,” Brooks, 95, tells The New Yorker.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
01/12/2021

Here’s how Jewish celebrities are celebrating Hanukkah in 2021

On Sunday night, Jewish stars of the stage, screen and statehouse shared videos of themselves celebrating the beginning of the eight-day holiday.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
30/11/2021
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2022 Grammy Awards Jewish nominees: from hip hop to classical

The 2021 Grammy awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
25/11/2021

Max Fried wins second consecutive Gold Glove Award

The 27-year-old left-hander beat out fellow finalists Zach Davies of the Chicago Cubs and Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies for the award.

By Jacob Gurvis/JTA
09/11/2021
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