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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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  • No joke: Seinfeld is now rapping

    The hip-hop world is going to get quite funnier soon, as Jerry Seinfeld is preparing to appear in a new rap album by the rapper Wale. Four years ago, Wale made an album titled “The Mixtape About Nothing,” which is inspired by the classic nineties sitcom “Seinfeld,” and features samples from the show’s famous episodes,…

  • Game over, Chuck Norris just endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu

    The race is over, ladies and gentlemen. Only five days before the elections in Israel, Chuck Norris, the Texas Ranger, the man, and the jokes, just endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in a new video. The new video, produced by Johnny Daniels, a Jewish public relations and strategic advisor who uploaded Donald Trump‘s endorment a…

  • ‘Dear Abby’ columnist Pauline Phillips dies at 94

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as the advice columnist behind “Dear Abby,” has died. Phillips, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, died Wednesday at 94 after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to news reports. Writing under the pseudonym Abigail van Buren, Phillips’ “Dear Abby” was syndicated in…

  • Yes, Larry David tattoos exist, and yes, they are ridiculous

    You know how you decide to take an inspiring quote, or a symbol that is meaningful to you, or just a nice tribal decoration and tattoo it on your body? Yes? No? Doesn’t matter, because obviously you’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. Why? Because somewhere out there, there are people who tattoo themselves…

  • Shira Gavrielov, an Israeli singer, rocks ‘American Idol’ auditions (VIDEO)

    Move over, Edon! The next great Jewish singer is Shira Gavrielov, who made it through the audition stages of the first episode of this year’s “American Idol” and will try her luck in the Hollywood training camp. Gavrielov, daughter of famous Israeli singer Miki Gavrielov, moved from Israel to Brooklyn recently “because of the American…

  • Howard Stern apologizes for calling Lena Dunham ‘little fat girl’

    The remarkable Golden Globe achievement of Lena Dunham of “Girls” didn’t really impress controversial radio host Howard Stern. On Monday, a day after Dunham won best actress and best comedy, Stern referred to her as “a little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill,” and added, “I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show, and…

  • Mayim Bialik’s next goal: to climb a mountain

    Full time actress/mother Mayim Bialik is still trying to get over a very difficult 2012. First it was the car accident in August, which almost caused her to lose parts of her right hand, and then it was the public separation from her husband of nine years Michael Stone. The 37-year old Emmy-nominated “Big Bang Theory” star,…

  • ‘Jew’ is the new ‘cool’ in Dutch, linguist says

    THE HAGUE (JTA) — Dutch teenagers are using “Jew” akin to “cool” or “awesome” in English, according to a linguist from Leiden University. Professor Marc van Oostendorp wrote Monday on his blog that he heard the new usage of the word “jood” (pronounced yode) at a high school in Leiden shortly after learning about the phenomenon from an…

  • Dunham doubles up at Globes, Israeli docs’ double Oscar nomination, Sandler’s countless Razzies

    Lena Dunham showed she was the unchallenged ruler of television comedy with her two Golden Globes and two Israeli documentaries earned Oscar nominations, and Adam Sandler is expected to win again — for the worst film and performance.

  • Fox has orders a comedy pilot starring Andy Samberg

    Like him or not, Andy Samberg is back. At some point. The Jewish comedian/musician who left SNL last year is planning to return to television soon. According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox ordered an untitled pilot, about “a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct.” The project will be executive produced by Dan Goor…