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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.

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  • Israeli site shows photo of kids dressed as burning Twin Towers for Purim, upsets everyone

    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…

  • 10 TV Jewish couples we love

    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.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu changes his Facebook profile pic for Doppelganger Week

    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…

  • The Jewish ads of Super Bowl XLVII

    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.

  • Watch Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd’s hilarious “Super Plate” commercial

    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:

  • Barrymore raising daughter Jewish, the force is with Abrams, Schumer and Beyonce’s lip sync

    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?

  • Drew Barrymore: ‘My daughter will be raised traditionally Jewish’

    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…

  • ‘The Lonely Island’ and Adam Levine sing the ‘YOLO’ song (VIDEO)

    “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….

  • Forceful rumors claim: J.J. Abrams to direct the next ‘Star Wars’

    The war between Star Trek and Star Wars films’ fans may be over, since director J.J. Abrams is set to direct them both. According to Deadline, the man behind the hit ABD series “Lost” is going to renew the adventures of the Jedis and the Siths in Star Wars Episode VII. The website cites sources…

  • Galliano is back, Seinfeld rapping, Stern apologizes to Dunham

    A contrite designer John Galliano is on the comeback trail, Jerry Seinfeld is readying to rap with Wale, and Howard Stern says he’s sorry to Lena Dunham — and adds that he’s a big fan.