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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.


  • Michael Douglas’ son, Cameron, will stay in jail for five more years

    Michael Douglas’ 34-year-old son Cameron, who was sentenced to five years in jail in 2010 for heroin possession and conspiracy to distribute narcotics, is staying behind bars. Yesterday, a federal appeal court upheld the New York judge’s decision to add the additional four years. According to E!, in the appeal, which was made in December, Douglas…

  • Billy Joel’s daughter Alexa stalked, threatened with rape and murder

    Sometimes, we need to report disturbing news. The latest regards the daughter of popular singer Billy Joel. Alexa Ray Joel was a victim of alleged Minnesota stalker Sheryl Finley. Apparently, Finley sent Alexa more than “60 messages via Facebook, with some involving ‘pedophilia, sadistic-sexual behavior, violent physical assaults and murder,’” New York Post reports. Alexa,…

  • 90210’s Ian Ziering now a Chippendale

    Remember Ian Ziering? Better known as Steve Sanders, the funny rich-boy in the 1990s hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Ziering has chosen a new career path: male stripping. According to TMZ, the 49 year-old Jewish actor, who was the semi-finalist in the fourth season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” will join the Las Vegas…

  • Things Alison Brie loves

    Alison Brie is America’s sweetheart for quality television connoisseurs (“Mad Men,” “Community). She is also well known as a hilarious person, so it’s always fun to to hear her talk, really about anything. In Esquire’s May edition, Brie shared what she loves, which for the men among our readers, is totally great for an ice breakers with…

  • VIDEO: See what Sharansky’s Western Wall compromise could look like

    Natan Sharansky has presented what could be a historic proposal to expand space for egalitarian prayer at the Robinson’s Arch section of the Western Wall. JTA’s Ben Sales visits the scene to provide viewers with a better understanding of the proposal and the challenges it poses.

  • Justin Bieber: Hopefully Anne Frank would have been a ‘Belieber’

    Justin Bieber was in the Netherlands over the weekend for a concert in the Dutch city of Arnhem. On Friday night, Biebs visited the Anne Frank House, and apparently spent a good two hours in the museum. Following his visit, the Anne Frank House Facebook page published his photo, together with what he wrote in…

  • Watch the new Maccabee Beer ad featuring the ‘Old Spice’ guy

    Israeli beer connoisseurs know that there are two major Israeli beers – Goldstar and Maccabbee. Although local craft beers have been emerging, many bars just offer Goldstar, the affordable delicious lager. However, Goldstar’s little brother Maccabee has quite the reputation of being, um, not as good. Until today. The Maccabee Beer honchos (who also produce Goldstar,…

  • Jonah Hill’s deadly date, LaBeouf’s nod to Baldwin, a 12-year-old’s rap friends

    Jonah Hill has a bizarre encounter on a date in New York, 12-year-old Nathan Schwartz is making friends with rap stars, and Shia LeBeouf takes in “Orphans” and wishes good things for nemesis Alec Baldwin.

  • ‘Teen Mom’ Farrah Abraham makes sex tape with Jewish porn star

    There is finally a Jewish connection to MTV’s popular trash reality television show “Teen Mom”! Season one/three alumna Farrah Abraham, who is not Jewish but has been looking for love on JDate, and briefly dated a 34-year-old Jewish man, has once again turned to the wonderful world of Jewish men. This time to Jewish porn star James Deen….

  • Amy Winehouse’s dad wants Beyoncé to donate money in exchange for song cover

    A few days ago it was announced that Beyoncé will be covering Amy Winehouse’s hit song “Back to Black” for the soundtrack to the upcoming film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late Jewish singer, decided to share his thoughts on Twitter. First I have heard about Beyonce and Back to Black. Sounds like…