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.
March 29, 2013 1:06pm
Amanda Bynes wants to be with Drake. She wants to be with him so bad that a week ago she tweeted this: I want @drake to murder my vagina — Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 22, 2013 Sorry you had to read that. But it’s okay. I mean we all have our secret desires, some of…
March 21, 2013 4:42pm
(JTA) – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters took partial credit for Stevie Wonder’s decision to pull out of performing at a Friends of Israel Defense Forces event. In an interview with Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian media outlet, Floyd said he was one of several dignitaries who wrote to Wonder in an effort to dissuade him from…
March 21, 2013 3:06pm
“I’m Jewish, five-foot-nine on a very good day, and I can’t dance, at all. You’re Christian, five-foot-ten, and that Cat Daddy video, should have won an Oscar for best short film.” That’s the way 17-year-old Jake Davidson chooses to pitch his prom proposal to supermodel Kate Upton in a viral YouTube video that has reached…
March 21, 2013 12:30pm
NEW YORK (JTA) – The filming schedule of “The Amazing Spider Man 2” was changed in response to a request made by a haredi Orthodox community in Brooklyn. Producers of the Hollywood franchise being shot at the Marcy Avenue Armory, a building located in the mostly Yiddish-speaking part of Williamsburg, agreed to reduce the presence…
March 19, 2013 12:08pm
It’s a Jewish holiday which means that The Maccabeats HAVE to make a new video. This new one might just sweep the Acapella Oscars Grammys, if there is one. This gang of adventurous vocalists have put together a medley of the songs from Les Misérables (without changing much of lyrics) while performing Exodus highlights. Though…
March 18, 2013 2:39pm
Gwyneth Paltrow finally spoke about losing her third child in a miscarriage that almost killed her. In an interview with the British You magazine, Paltrow said that her and husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, suffered the tragic event, though she did not indicate when it happened. A few days ago we reported an unrelated story about…
March 18, 2013 11:37am
Bar Refaeli has always been one of the more controversial Israelis. No, it’s not because people are jealous of her looks. Or friends. Or wealth. Or success. Well, maybe. Rather, the Israeli supermodel is one of the most famous draft-dodgers. Refaeli married a family friend in order to procure a service exemption. Now, she is…
February 26, 2013 11:21am
Many Jewish and non-Jewish women dreaded this moment, and it finally happened – Jewish ex-SNL comedian Andy Samberg and musician Joana Newsom are officially engaged. Mazel Tov! Right? “I can confirm that Andy Samberg and Joanna Newsom are engaged,” Samberg’s publicist Carrie Byalick told Reuters. The two has been dating for five years, and according to…
February 25, 2013 5:49pm
We were expecting Yaniv “Nev” Schulman to start cashing in on the popular documentary-made-MTV show “Catfish” but this came as quite the bizarre surprise. Schulman, a New York Jew and son of Israeli parents, who made famous in the 2010 documentary “Catfish” after starting a Facebook relationship with a woman without ever meeting her (we…
February 25, 2013 12:10pm
by Uri Fintzy
Hollywood came together last night to pat itself on the back for the 85th time, and although the Jewish king of film, Steven Spielberg, failed to bring yet another trophy after “Lincoln” lost to “Argo,” and Israel was once again on the losing spot (though not to Iran like last year, if you want to look on the bright side), we were able to find ten Jewish moments even without Billy Crystal hosting.
Here are the top ten Jewisn moments from last night’s Oscars:
10. William Shatner appeared as a grumpy Captain Kirk for the opening bit.
For fans of Seth MacFarlane, the show’s host, the cameo of Shatner as his memorable “Star Trek” character did not come as a surprise, as MacFarlane is known as an avid “Trekkie.” The best thing about his appearance was his constant criticism of the host, which led to the the wonderful sock puppet rendition of the film “Flight.”
Oscars 2013 – Opening Number With Seth… by IdolxMuzic
9. Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt danced together
The two young Jewish heartthrobs danced together with MacFarlane in a tribute to the film “High Hopes,” and later took this adorable backstage photo.
Apparently the two can dance, and apparently Radcliffe, who was known to be a short guy, is like really really short. And speaking of short people: