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  • ‘Holocaust tourism’ laid bare in eye-opening documentary

    NEW YORK (JTA) — How do people behave when they visit a concentration camp or a Holocaust memorial? Do they act as if there are in place of reverence or mourning? Or do they behave as crowds do at any tourist attraction — taking selfies, goofing around, snacking and drinking as they amble along? Just what…

  • Jared Kushner’s family won’t buy Marlins if current owner becomes ambassador to France

    (JTA) — The Kushner family has dialed down its interest in buying the Miami Marlins now that reports have surfaced claiming the baseball franchises current owner will likely be named the U.S. ambassador to France. Since Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is a senior adviser to the president, the Kushners reportedly are wary that the…

  • Burger King in Israel is offering an adults-only ‘happy meal’ for Valentine’s Day

    (JTA) — Just in case a Whopper doesn’t turn you on, a Burger King franchise in Israel is offering something extra to spark romance this Valentine’s Day. After 6 p.m. and only on Tuesday night, Israelis over the age of 18 could purchase a special “Adults’ Meal” (as opposed to a traditional Kids’ Meal) from the…

  • An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism

    (JTA) — The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. “Girls” debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena Dunham was just 24 — and became the…

  • Radiohead will play in Israel in July

    (JTA) — The acclaimed British rock band Radiohead will take the stage in Israel this summer. The Grammy-winning group, which has sold over 30 million albums around the world, will play at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park in July, Haaretz reported Sunday. The specific show dates and ticket prices have not yet been released. As Haaretz noted,…

  • Julian Edelman made one of the craziest catches in Super Bowl history

    “I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t think he does either.” That’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Jewish teammate Julian Edelman’s physics-defying catch during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night won by the Pats in overtime, 34-28. The catch, which Edelman somehow secured between multiple defenders after the…

  • Trump team blocked State Department’s Holocaust statement that mentioned Jews

    (JTA) — The State Department crafted a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly mentioned the Jewish victims of the Nazis, but President Donald Trump’s White House team reportedly blocked its release. An unnamed Trump official said the incident was purely the product of miscommunication, Politico reported Thursday. The State Department’s Office of the…

  • How covering Simon and Garfunkel brought a heavy metal rock star back to his Jewish roots

    (JTA) — Before David Draiman became famous as the singer of the heavy metal band Disturbed, he trained to be a cantor. That didn’t go so well. Growing up in Chicago, he was expelled from three different yeshivas, and after a rowdy night of Purim drinking as a teenager, he blew up his high school rabbi’s…

  • Patriots star Julian Edelman’s 5 most Jewish moments

    (JTA) — Is it starting to feel like the New England Patriots make it to the Super Bowl every year? That’s because it’s almost true: The team has made seven appearances in the big game since 2000. On Sunday, the Pats will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. One of the Patriots’…

  • This photo of Jewish and Muslim kids protesting Trump’s immigrant ban has gone viral

    Thousands of demonstrators — including many Jews — flooding airports across the country this past weekend to protest President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Internet has been saturated with images from the various protests. But this photograph has perhaps resonated the most on social media. This. This is a…