pop culture

Eurovision 2023: Pop star Noa Kirel to represent Israel

"We received the news with complete surprise. We are happy and thankful for the choice of Noa and are proud to represent the State of Israel with dignity," said Noa Kirel's representatives.

The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song is now in Yiddish

Now the Jewish world knows how to say “SpongeBob SquarePants” in Yiddish, thanks to a translation of the animated kid show’s theme song by Eddy Portnoy.

By Jackie Hajdenberg/JTA
14/06/2022

The MozART quartet brings us its unique mix of melody and fun

This is classical music meets pop culture meets acrobatics and a fair bit of lampooning into the bargain.

18/05/2022
Natasha Lyonne

Season 2 of ‘Russian Doll’ promises to be even more Jewish

Not only will the new season of “Russian Doll” continue to explore Nadia’s Jewishness, but there’s the very distinct possibility we will meet her character’s Hungarian, Holocaust-surviving grandma.

By EVELYN FRICK/JTA
06/04/2022

The top Jewish pop culture stories from 2021

Below, you can find the greatest hits of JTA’s 2021 Jewish pop-culture coverage.

By ANDREW LAPIN/JTA
24/12/2021
From left: Jack Antonoff, Doja Cat and the Haim Sisters.

Alana Haim makes acting debut in star-studded Paul Thomas Anderson film

The coming-of-age film stars the youngest Haim sister as a teenage actor in Los Angeles’ San Fernando valley — the exact location where the Haim family grew up.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
29/09/2021
Singer Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York

Britney Spears wants out. What happens next in her conservatorship?

Legal experts say that wanting out of a court-appointed conservatorship is easier said than done. Spears, now 39, will have to convice the judge that she is capable of managing her personal affairs.

By REUTERS
24/06/2021

Israeli comics geeks to assemble for post-COVID in-person convention

Comics-Con will arrive in Israel for the first time ever, taking place on July 9 at the Petah Tikva Museum of Art.

10/06/2021
 Michael Gudinski, 16 January 2013.

Australian music industry giant Michael Gudinski dies at 68

The son of Russian-Jewish parents who immigrated to Australia in 1948, Gudinski started Mushroom Records in 1972 at age 20.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/03/2021
Siegmund Breitbart, who could pull heavy weights with his teeth, was considered one of the strongest

The Jewish muscleman who likely inspired the creators of Superman

A popular Yiddish saying went, “If a thousand Breitbarts were to arise among the Jews, the Jewish people would cease being persecuted.”

By TZVI SINENSKY / JTA
03/03/2021
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