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  • On way home from their kosher diner, brothers help save lives in Illinois wreck

    Brothers Ken and Daniel Hechtman, owners of a kosher diner, helped saved several people from a fiery wreck in suburban Chicago.

  • Presidents Conference taps ADL’s Sugarman as chairman

    The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has nominated Robert Sugarman, the immediate past national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, as its chairman.

  • B.J Novak signs huge book deal

    You might not yet recognize B.J. Novak’s name, but you soon will. Novak, head writer and actor in the hit TV-series, “The Office,” has been signed to a two book-deal by Knopf Publishers. Reportedly, Novak received over 7 figures as an advance for a two book contract. The first book, which his agent compares to…

  • Jake Gyllenhaal tackles the Great Gatsby

    Jake Gyllenhaal, everyone’s favorite Jewish pretty-boy, has released an audiobook of him reciting “The Great Gatsby.” I can’t think of anything more delightful than listening to Gyllenhaal’s mellifluous voice reading the hallowed words of Fitzgerald, and he kills it. The release comes out in honor of the upcoming new and modernized rendition of “The Great…

  • New details in the Drake/Chris Brown fight

    Some new “facts” have come to light on the now infamous fight between everyone’s favorite Canadian Jewish Rapper, Drake, and Chris Brown, everyone’s favorite person to hate. Last year, both of their crews were involved in an altercation that left numerous people injured, but it remained unclear why the fight actually broke out. TMZ now…

  • N.Y. Times reporter who uncovered Klansman’s Jewish background dies

    John McCandlish Phillips Jr., a longtime New York Times reporter who wrote about a Jewish man who became a senior Ku Klux Klan official, has died.

  • Passover: blood libels and terrorist attacks

    It’s been a blessedly quiet Passover this year. Unfortunately, that hasn’t always been the case. From the Middle Ages and even well into the 20th century, Passover was a time of blood libels against the Jewish people that often resulted in deadly attacks. In 1936, for example, a band of peasants in the Polish town…

  • Helen Kutsher, a Borscht Belt matriarch, dies at 89

    Helen Kutsher, the face of her family-owned resort in the Catskill Mountains for decades, has died.

  • Israel and Turkey: A short history of a tense relationship

    On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for “operational mistakes” during the 2010 raid on a Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza. An announcement that the two nations were resuming normal diplomatic ties quickly followed. The incident that turned Turkish-Israel ties into a full-blown row came in May…

  • Rabbi Herschel Schacter, former Presidents Conference chair, dies at 95

    Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died.