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  • Critic: ‘After Earth’ like bar mitzvah, with Will Smith as daddy cantor

    From Alonso Duralde of “The Wrap“: Granted, Will Smith isn’t behind the camera here — that unhappy task has fallen to M. Night Shyamalan, who’s still basically the trustee of Movie Jail after “Lady in the Water,” “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender.” Still, the elder Smith gets a “Story by” and executive producer credit,…

  • Jewish kid pretends to be umpire at Orioles-Blue Jays game

    Watch what happens when Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth dives into stands to make the catch at a game in Toronto.

  • Prayer for Oklahoma

    Rabbi Abby Jacobson, religious leader of the Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City, offers a prayer for her tornado-ravaged state.  

  • Who deserves a million bucks?

    I recently received a big envelope from The Genesis Prize. Relax, I didn’t win the new $1 million prize. But I was asked to be a nominator. So who should I nominate to win the big money?

  • The new State Department anti-Semitism envoy is…

    Ira Forman, former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, gets the nod. Ron Kampeas to follow with more details. For now, a few quick thoughts.

  • Mel Brooks’ Top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes

    To mark the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks, we’ve put together a collection of the master spoofer’s best Jewish clips.

  • Nick Saban’s Alabama legacy: 3 BCS titles, a whole bunch of Jews

    Tom Van Riper makes the case in Forbes that Nick Saban is worth the mega-millions he is paid to coach football at the University of Alabama. And that’s before you talk about the explosion of Jewish life on campus.

  • Futurist: Let’s talk Turkey about Israel

    The New York Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt interviews David Passig, a professor at Bar-Ilan University, about his look-into-the-future book “2048.” Buckle up!

  • Best Jewish moment for ‘The Office’

    With Thursday night marking the end of The Office, we thought it would be appropriate to say goodbye by honoring the series best Jewish moment.

  • Help Rebecca Spence write a novel

    I worked with Rebecca Spence way back when at the Forward. Now, lucky me/us/you, she’s started freelancing for JTA. She’s also raising money — to help her pay the bills as she writes a semi-historical novel inspired by her Sephardic Israeli grandmother’s story. Click here for more info on the project (and a video).