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  • ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Jewish facts about the hit series

    (JTA) — Summer is here — which means winter is coming. The much-anticipated seventh season of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” premieres Sunday. And while the show, which is based upon the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is chockablock with religion and religious symbolism (see:…

  • New York’s iconic Katz’s Deli to open Brooklyn outpost

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Katz’s Delicatessen, a fixture on New York’s Lower East Side since 1888, is opening its first outpost — in downtown Brooklyn. The old-school deli, famous for the legendary “When Harry Met Sally” scene “I’ll have what she’s having,” will open an offshoot at the DeKalb Market Hall in April, AM New…

  • Finally, a book for Jews with Alzheimer’s

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The book is large and fits comfortably on a lap. The color photographs nearly fill each page. Each image depicts real people doing everyday Jewish things — a young girl eating matzah ball soup; a bubbe and her grandchildren lying in the grass; a man wearing tefillin, praying. The sentences are in…

  • Stephen Colbert: Trump ‘Jew-S-A’ supporter’s anti-Semitism is ‘horrifying’

    (JTA) — Stephen Colbert has taken George Lindell, the Trump supporter caught yelling “Jew-S-A! Jew-S-A!” at a recent campaign rally, to task. “It is absolutely horrifying to hear that kind of anti-Semitic language,” he said in his monologue on “The Late Show” on Nov. 2, which was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. “Usually you just…

  • Hipster label hawks high-end ‘ponchos’ inspired by Jewish prayer shawls

    Apparently, everything old is new again — again. In recent months, fast fashion retailers Old Navy and H&M both made waves on social media by selling items that looked remarkably like a tallit, or traditional Jewish prayer shawl. And now, high-end hipster label rag & bone is hawking its “Ines Poncho,” a wool-blend garment adorned with fringe…

  • Emmy nominations are out — these are the Jews we want to win

    It looks like presenters will be announcing some Jewish names at the the 2016 Emmy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, September 18. On Thursday, July 14, the nominees were announced — and, perhaps not surprisingly, a host of A-list Jewish names and Jewy shows were on the list. Among them are Liev Schreiber…

  • It’s Yelp for sheitels — the first-ever wig review site

    NEW YORK (JTA) — First there was “Tinder for bras.” Now there’s a Yelp for sheitels, the wigs worn by many married Orthodox Jewish women. ShayTell may be the first-ever online customer review site for wigs. It’s certainly the most cleverly named. And if you’ve never considered the demand for such a site, consider this: When…

  • This Israeli startup will match your breasts with the perfect bra

    (JTA) — They say the best stories happen when a writer gets pushed out of his or her comfort zone. Since the “they” in this case was my editor, this is how I found myself readying to post a topless photo of myself online — all in the name of good journalism. But this isn’t…

  • Go on, treat your Passover seder host. Here’s how.

    Next year in Jerusalem… but this year, you’ll finally get it together and bring a little something for the folks nice enough to invite you to their seder. True, it’s not specifically a Jewish custom to bring gifts for Passover, but giving a little something special to your hosts is a gesture that’s always appreciated. Sure, you…

  • Day camp drama: Why can’t I find a Jewish program for my kids?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — I live in New York, one of the most Jewish cities in the world, and yet I reside in a pocket that has few options for Jewish life. I love my western Queens neighborhood, where my husband and I have lived for more than a decade. The community is great — it’s the…