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.
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:
February 22, 2013 10:51am
People all over Israel are celebrating Purim this weekend, and much like Halloween, the dress-up holiday is a perfect opportunity for parents to show off their creativity and then display it on their poor kids. The winners of the contest for Costume of Poorest Taste are definitely 7-year-old twins Ilay and Nehoray, who dressed up…
February 14, 2013 4:10pm
There aren’t that many Jewish couples out there. On television, that is.
Sure, there are plenty of mixed marriages, as there are in real life, but the small screen doesn’t usually feature a couple where both members are Jews.
But we were able to come up with 10 of our favorites in honor of Valentine’s Day after racking our pop culture-loving brains (and searching the internet).
Here they are:
1. The “retired and moved to Boca” couple – Helen and Mordy Seinfeld (“Seinfeld”)
They love each other but fight all time. They wonder why you never call them (or Uncle Leo) and invite themselves over. Mordy (Barney Martin) always complains and yells about everything he doesn’t like, and Helen (Liz Sharidan) yells back at him but always has his back. The Seinfelds are the thick-skinned, proud and caring couple who somehow get along in a faraway land called Florida.
February 4, 2013 12:28pm
You may have noticed that some of your Facebook friends changed their profile picture to a celebrity lookalike. That’s because it is apparently the third annual Facebook Doppelganger Week, which happens every first week of February, and allows everyone to think very highly of themselves by putting up photos of people who are significantly more attractive…
February 4, 2013 12:13pm
Last night’s thrilling Super Bowl didn’t exactly feature anything Jewish (unless you count the third quarter blackout as a homage to the Plague of Darkness), but there was a pretty respectable presence of Jews and Israelis throughout the night, and in case you actually went to the bathroom during commercial breaks (who does that? that’s what the game is for), here they are:
1. Bar Refaeli kissing a nerd for GoDaddy
A lot was said about this commercial, titled “Perfect Match” for domain company GoDaddy. The lucky nerd is Jesse Heiman, better known for his roles in “American Pie 2″ and “Old School.” It took Heiman and Israeli supermodel Refaeli 45 times until they got the kiss right.
February 1, 2013 12:53pm
The two Jewish comedians are going to star at a Samsung commercial during the Super Bowl. Oh, did I say Super Bowl? Oops. I can’t. It’s trademarked. And they can’t either. They can’t even name the teams, so this is what happens:
January 29, 2013 5:35pm
Drew Barrymore talks about her traditional Jewish wedding and raising her daughter Jewish, J.J. Abrams is set to direct ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ sequels, and Sen. Charles Schumer apparently isn’t mad about Beyonce’s inauguration lip sync — or is he?
January 29, 2013 11:13am
Drew Barrymore stopped by “The View” on Friday to discuss marriage and motherhood, and how Jewy her five-month-old daughter, Olive, will be. Barrymore testified that although she “hasn’t converted yet,” she and her husband were planning to raise their baby “traditionally Jewish.” Barrymore married art dealer Will Kopelman (son of Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman) seven months ago…
January 28, 2013 2:29pm
“The Lonely Island” are back, people! The hilarious musical trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone came back to “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend for a digital short together with Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song talks about the saying “YOLO” (You Only Live Once), made famous by rapper Drake’s frequent usage….