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In ‘Blazing Saddles,’ Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance

In ‘Blazing Saddles,’ Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance

A satiric Western echoes the off-screen black-Jewish alliance that was already fading if not dead by the time the movie came out in the '70s.

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Gene Wilder, left, shown with Richard Pryor, got a lot of love from celebrities on Twitter.  (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin at a news conference in New York City at which Weiner acknowledged that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after his resignation from Congress, July 23, 2013.(John Moore/Getty Images)

Huma Abedin separating from Anthony Weiner as his new lewd images emerge

Julius Streicher striking a pose in Berlin, Aug. 15, 1935. (Getty Images)

When a Jewish Holocaust survivor ‘pissed’ on Hitler’s henchman

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United States

Harold Bornstein, left, is Donald Trump's personal physician. (Facebook)

Donald Trump’s doctor gave a speech in Italian at his son’s bar mitzvah. (We’re as confused as you are.)

Donald Trump's doctor wants payment up front for interviews – and he may prefer to answer questions in Italian.

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Israel & Middle East

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Beach performance by Israeli singer halted over bikini

Concert organizers ended a performance at a government-sponsored music festival after singer Hanna Goor declined to close a shirt she was wearing over her bikini top.

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From the JTA Archives

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After Lean Years, Uganda’s Jews Finally Have Their Day at the Mikvah

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09:  French far-right National Front leader (FN) Marine Le Pen talks to the media after a meeting with French President, Francois Hollande.Two days after a deadly attack that occurred on January 7 by armed gunmen on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. France deployed elite forces in the hunt for two brothers accused of killing 12 people in the attack, as the pair spent a second night on the run despite a huge security operation.  (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Marine Le Pen: Wearing kipahs should be banned

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Fervently Orthodox Executive to Buy Manufacturer of Bikinis

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World

Reporter's Notebook

French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala gesturing to the media as he leaves a Paris court house, Feb. 4, 2015. (Michel Euler/AP Images)

Reporter's Notebook

A Yom Kippur apology to France’s most famous anti-Semite

The crusade against Dieudonne was another draconian measure that undermines not only the fight against extremism, but also erodes sacred freedoms in one of the world’s most important democracies.

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From 70 Faces Media

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A New Book All About the Jews of Punk

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Why Aly Raisman Is a Mensch

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Meet The Chef Who’s Infusing Jewish Food with Cannabis

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Life & Culture

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A one-man tribute to Leonard Bernstein comes to the stage

The biographical tour of Bernstein follows the man and musician from his admission to Harvard (under the 10 percent Jewish quota), to his triumphs as a classical and Broadway composer.

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