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is JTA's editorial assistant. She was a Fulbright scholar in Ukraine. Her poetry and nonfiction writing have been published in Tuesday Magazine, the Gamut, The Birch, Tablet, The Starry Night Review and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @chick_in_kiev.

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  • Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don’t get many wins

    In the past two years, campus divestment activists have brought measures targeting Israel to student government votes at universities across the country.

  • A satirical neologism becomes a weapon in the fight over Ukrainian Jewry

    A strange new term — “Yid-Banderite” — is being tossed around ironically to describe Jewish supporters of the Ukrainian revolution.

  • Katy Perry, bar mitzvah DJ?

    Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise. Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as “Yosef Shulem,” a bar mitzvah DJ who has a penchant…

  • Andrew Garfield says Spiderman is Jewish

    Andrew Garfield, a British actor most famous for playing the iconic superhero in the most recent run of Spiderman movies, has given us a new Spidey revelation in advance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2″: Peter Parker is totally Jewish. “Peter Parker is not a simple dude,” the slender actor told Time Out London. “He ums…

  • Don’t call her ScarJo

      It turns out that Scarlett Johansson, everyone’s favorite Jewish ‘it’ girl, has a beef with fans: the 29-year- old actress hates the nickname ScarJo. “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant,” she said in the May issue of Glamour magazine. “And there’s something kind of violent about it….

  • Why KISS won’t make up

      Peter Criss, former drummer of power-rock band KISS, has been charged with some non-musical discord: anti-Semitism. In a new tell-all memoir, the band’s rhythm guitarist and co-vocalist Paul Stanley, who is Jewish, has revealed new aspects of the relationship between the original KISS lineup of Stanley, Gene Simmons, Criss and former lead guitarist Ace…

  • Mila Kunis cameos with Ashton on ‘Two and a Half Men’

    Mila Kunis reunited with fiancé Ashton Kutcher onscreen for an episode of “Two and a Half Men” that airs Thursday. The engaged couple has just announced Kunis’ pregnancy. Now, they’re reprising the onscreen chemistry that famously drew them together in “That ‘70s Show.” Kunis is set to play a woman named Vivian who sweeps into…

  • From farm to seder table: Locally grown matzah on the rise

    In a labor-intensive process, bakers are producing a bread of affliction that feels ancient and modern at once.

  • Happy (belated) birthday to Zach Braff and Paul Rudd

    Yesterday, April 6, was the birthday of two of our favorite Jewish celebrities – Zach Braff and Paul Rudd. Unbelievably, the seemingly ageless Rudd turned 45. Currently filming “Ant-Man,” the sylphlike star is clearly entering middle age with grace and style. Check out his youthful abandon in this legendary lip-sync-off with Jimmy Fallon: Maybe he…

  • In Crimea, a Karaite community carries on, and welcomes Russia

    Crimean Karaites consider the Torah their holy text, yet they do not identify as Jews.