is JTA's web content producer and also in charge of weekly video packages and occasional design projects. Uri is from Tel Aviv, Israel and a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism. He has interned with several television stations in Portland, Ore., and in CBS News in New York.
November 29, 2012 5:21pm
Because why not, right? Students at the Artik Music School (Artik is Hebrew for popsicle!) in Yehud, Israel, released this cover version of Taylor Swift’s song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” On the YouTube page, the 50-member band is referred to as “the biggest rock group in the world.” The version actually made it…
November 29, 2012 3:42pm
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Stevie Wonder just called to say he doesn’t love you. After much pressure from pro-Palestinian groups and a recommendation from the United Nations, Wonder decided it would be very superstitious to perform at the annual FIDF gala. Wonder was supposed to be living for the City of Angels on December 6….
November 29, 2012 2:22pm
We all had that dream when we were kids — we’re interviewed on a talk show, then the weatherman gets sick, and we are called to save the day and deliver the weather report instead. It’s not just me, right? Right?? Well, the lovely Scarlett Johansson was lucky enough to fill in for TODAY’s Al…
November 28, 2012 6:06pm
Fifty years ago today, in the great city of New York, Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born.
Later, his family moved to New Jersey and Jonathan switched the spelling of his name to Jon Stewart, and moved from studying chemistry in The College of William & Mary to pursuing a career in comedy. As we celebrate the golden jubilee of the man behind “The Daily Show,” we look at the best moments of his career, and believe it or not, there were many of them before he took over the desk in the Midtown Manhattan studios.
One of Stewart’s first ever TV gigs was at the “Caroline’s Comedy Hour”
The famous comedy venue “Caroline’s” had its own show on A&E, and Stewart was one of the show’s writers. You can even see him (not hear him though) in this sketch from 1990, as Colin Quinn and his mullet are trying to figure out who wrote a certain sketch (also in that sketch, a very young Louis C.K.).
November 28, 2012 1:47pm
This time, it’s the former members of Yeshiva University’s “Maccabeats,” David Block, Noey Jacobson, Nachum Joel, Immanuel Shalev, who now call themselves “StandFour.” “After graduating from Yeshiva University we wanted to continue to make music that is both fun and inspiring. We believe in bringing out the meaning present in all things – that’s what we…
November 27, 2012 4:11pm
Mayim Bialik blogs that her nine-year marriage is ending, Stevie Wonder will sing his praises for the Israeli army at an L.A. gala and the case is closed on the Drake-Chris Brown nightclub brawl in NYC.
November 26, 2012 6:23pm
During these trying days for its good name, the Israel Defense Forces is going to get a very powerful boost of support from an unusual source – Stevie Wonder. The popular blind singer is set to perform at the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces annual gala in Los Angeles on December 6. Wonder will…
November 26, 2012 2:24pm
Although it’s not yet official, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are dating. The two have been seen all over the world and have been acting as a legit couple. In fact, the two have been so serious, that Kutcher even took Kunis to some of the High Holiday Kabbalah ceremonies, as he is an avid…
November 26, 2012 2:15pm
More than five months after the Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake was involved in a brawl with rapper Chris Brown at a New York City nightclub, the case is finally closed. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say there isn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case. The brawl happened on June 14th at the WIP…
November 23, 2012 1:37pm
Actress Rashida Jones showed up for an awesome holiday duet that covers popular songs and changes them into a festive spirit. Among the highlights… Jones, who’s half Jewish, and Fallon, performing the Chanukah version to Flo Rida’s “Whistle” — check it out (01:41-02:11)! “Just put your fingertips together and you say ‘Shalom!’”
Jewish and Israel News in Your Inbox
- Montreal businessman says Judaism inspired him to save children from ISIS
- American Airlines to cancel flights to Israel
- The top 13 Jewish newsmakers of 5775
- Kirk Douglas and wife donating $80 million in new gifts
- Natalie Portman says Jewish community is too focused on the Holocaust
- Most Orthodox Jews are Republicans and 11 other findings from Pew