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September 26th, 2008: Paul Newman, actor, activist, and philanthropist died

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Actor, activist, and philanthropist Paul Newman died at 83 on this date in 2008. Newman was the son of a Jewish father and a Christian Scientist mother, but described himself in his adulthood as...

Natalie Portman Gives Birth To Girl Named Amalia — Before Missing Oscars

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Actress Natalie Portman had a great reason for missing last Sunday’s Oscars ceremony. She gave birth to her second child last week — a girl named Amalia — but kept the new arrival quiet in...

The controversial Sholem Ash’s classic Got Fun Nekome de Sholem Ash back in NY...

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New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is bringing back by popular demand the controversial classic “God of Vengeance” for a special encore running for two weeks at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, from...

Being swallowed up by the world of cartoons

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Like most little boys growing up in America after World War II, I was absolutely fascinated by an American version of animated films, namely cartoons. I recently started thinking a lot about cartoons...

12 inspiring Jews who died in 2016

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It’s a fact of life: Scores of notable people pass away each year. But for some reason — whether it’s the continued aging of the baby boomer generation, the increasingly loud echo chambers on social media...

Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda keeps the music of her prewar bosnian childhood alive

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The Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas” (Eight Little Candles) is often referred to as a “traditional Sephardic song.” In fact, it was written in 1983 by Flory Jagoda, an 88-year-old Sephardic folk singer who still...

Nurturing immigrant art and giving back

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Makeda “Dread” Cheatom believes the world would be a better place if people took the time to learn about and respect other cultures. She believes there would be less prejudice and a greater understanding...

Combating Israel-bashing at the 2016 Göteborg Book Fair

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Largest city in Sweden. The city’s largest cultural event of the year is held each September in one of the largest exhibition spaces in town. This year the theme was “Freedom of Speech.” Over...

Scarlett Johansson Opens Paris Popcorn Shop

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Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson opened a popcorn shop in Paris. The actress and her husband, Romain Dauriac, launched the Yummy Pop store in Paris’ Marais district on Saturday. Johansson was on hand to scoop popcorn for...