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  • John Oliver gives us the harshest Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner takedown yet

    (JTA) — Much ink has been spilled on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s experience, their effect on the president, even their personalities — but none of us actually know all that much about them. Well, that’s John Oliver’s take on President Trump’s two key advisers at least. The comedian spent most of his HBO show…

  • Albert Einstein was a sex magnet? 4 surprising facts about the Jewish genius

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Think “Albert Einstein,” and certain images or phrases likely come to mind: “genius,” “kooky,” “wild hair,” “theory of relativity,” “E = mc2” — maybe even “Zionist.” Sex and violence? Not so much. Then there’s “Genius,” a TV series premiering on Tuesday — National Geographic channel’s first scripted show — that provides a healthy…

  • From a ‘La La Land’ lyricist and other Broadway talent, a political Passover ‘musical’

    (JTA) — What happens when you cram a bunch of Broadway’s brightest Jewish talent into a room to celebrate a festival-like seder on the last evening of Passover? The answer, as you might have guessed, is much more than a lively rendition of “Dayenu.” On Monday night, Benj Pasek (who penned the lyrics for the “La La Land”…

  • Orthodox families won’t identify circumcisers who gave babies herpes, NYC health spokesman says

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The New York City Health Department said it cannot complete an investigation into who infected four infants with herpes through a circumcision rite because the boys’ fervently Orthodox families will not identify the mohels. “Unfortunately, some in the community are resistant to sharing the name of the mohels,” Health Department spokesman…

  • This student’s story of spending Passover in London with strangers went viral

    (JTA) — It’s a Passover tale that sounds too good to be true. Samantha Gross, a Boston University student studying abroad and interning for the London Evening Standard, had nowhere to go for Passover in London this year. It was the Schererville, Indiana, native’s first Passover away from home or school, and as she wrote…

  • Amanda Peet, when asked about eating Easter bunnies: ‘Guys, I’m Jewish’

    (JTA) — ABC’s “Good Morning America” talk show isn’t always this awkward. Actress Amanda Peet and actor Hank Azaria were guests on the show Wednesday and talked about their new IFC show “Brockmire,” which centers on a baseball announcer. But before talking about the series, both were asked about how they like to eat their…

  • Steven Spielberg’s favorite matzah brei recipe

    (JTA) — Why is this matzah brei different from all others? It’s a favorite of Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, that’s why. The Academy Award-winning director — the force behind “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “E.T.” and scores of other popular films — has shared his family matzah brei recipe with Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s upscale food and…

  • Why ‘Telegraphic’ is JTA’s middle name

    (JTA) — What is a telegraph? Do they exist anymore? And what is a telegraphic agency? These are just a few of the questions you might have in 2017 about the Jewish Telegraphic Agency name. So as our news service celebrates its centennial this year, we give you the history behind the telegraph (and the…

  • Gluten-free matzah: Here’s what you should know

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke — after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already. But for Jews with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage one’s intestinal lining, or gluten intolerance, which involves icky reactions to that pesky protein found in wheat, finding the right matzah…

  • For first time in decades, Pakistan allows one citizen to register as a Jew

    (JTA) — Pakistan has allowed one of its 180 million citizens to publicly register as a Jew for the first time since the 1980s. Fischel Benkald, 29, was notified on Tuesday that the religious status in his National Database and Registration Authority profile can be changed from Muslim to Jew, Fox News reported Wednesday. Benkald,…