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A new leading woman is about to get her own superhero film. The character is much darker than Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman but also happens to be played by a badass Jewish actress. Scarlett Johansson has already appeared in multiple Marvel feature films as Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff. On Thursday, it was widely reported that Marvel Studios had hired...
A biography of Golda Meir was named Book of the Year for 2017 by the Jewish Book Council, one of about 20 books honored as part of the 2017 National Jewish Book Awards. “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel,” an 800-page work about the late Israeli prime minister by Francine Klagsbrun and published by Schocken Books, was awarded...
A Jew living in an anti-Semitic English culture, openly gay at a time when traditional mores still held wide sway, addicted to various drugs – some speculate he was a manic-depressive before a clinical diagnosis for such affliction existed – Brian Samuel Epstein (1934 – 1967) was an extremely complicated and troubled yet enormously gifted man. A little more than...
In the summer of 2016, Pokemon Go took over teens’ smartphones, as they walked around to various neighborhood spots on a quest to catch ’em all. The augmented reality setting of the app inspired Rabbi Yitzchok Moully to create his own app, though he searched for spirituality instead of Pokemon. “Spirituality is here, it’s all around us but we don’t see...
Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, has gifted us with the Jewish feminist show we need right now. The protagonist is Miriam (Midge) Maisel, a 26-year-old Jewish housewife living on the Upper West Side of New York City. Played by Rachel Brosnahan (a gentile! Gasp. But she’s so good you’ll think she’s Jewish), over the course of season one,...
A comedy about a 1950s Jewish housewife in New York has won Best Television Series at the 2018 Golden Globe awards. The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was honoured at Sunday’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Midge Maisel, the Jewish housewife, who suddenly finds herself battling it out on the stand-up comedy scene after her husband leaves her, is...
It’s early January, which means the 2018 award season is upon us. The first big show is the Golden Globes, which airs Sunday night. This year features plenty of great Jewish nominees. While we’re excited about the great Jewish actors and movies in the film categories (here’s looking at you, “Call Me By Your Name”), three of the five TV shows nominated by the...
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A world-premiere feature documentary, the North American premiere of an epic, three-part documentary, and Israel’s Academy Award entry highlight the 74 movies filling 192 screenings in 23 days at the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The full lineup for the 18th annual festival was previewed for sponsors and media Thursday night, Jan. 4, during at party at the Atlanta History Center and announced to...
Although the number of devoted followers of Christianity and Judaism visiting the country has slowed down in the past few years, Turkey's drive to upkeep and revive ancient churches and synagogues has not. The Directorate-General of Foundations, the state-run authority behind the restorations, has been gaining momentum with new projects to conserve and maintain the country's diverse cultural heritage. In the...
JERUSALEM: Israeli archaeologists unveiled today a 2,700-year-old clay seal imprinted with images and Hebrew words that may have belonged to a biblical governor of Jerusalem. The round button-sized seal was found in a building in Jerusalem's Old City near the Western Wall and dates back to the 7th century BC, from the time of the First Jewish Temple, said the Israel Antiquities...

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