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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.


  • Adam Lambert: ‘Les Mis’ actors are pretending to be singers’

    The new musical film “Les Misérables,” which just ended a relatively successful first weekend in the box office ($28 million). The film, which is based on Victor Hugo’s famous book and has already been adapted to a popular musical, received generally good reviews from critics, but one very vocal negative review from Adam Lambert. Lambert, a musician, musical…

  • Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhaal are reportedly dating

    A new power-couple to start 2013 right? According to gossip tabloid Grazia, Jewish heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal has been secretly dating Katie Holmes, aka former Mrs. Cruise (and Joey Potter, for you 90s lovers). The tabloid reports that sources close to the two admit that the two have been “Spending a lot of time together (tee…

  • Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon update ‘Who’s on First?’

    Some comedy bits never get old. One of them, Abbot & Costello’s hilarious baseball/word play bit “Who’s On First” from the 1940s, is still one of the funniest and most remembered of all time. Last week, the bit got an update with courtesy of Jimmy Fallon, who recreated the famous scene from the 1945 film “The Naughty…

  • Drake is upset he’s not getting paid royalties for YOLO

    YOLO is one of the most popular new acronyms. The meaning of YOLO – “You Only Live Once,” which is pretty much a less sophisticated Carpe Diem, has sprung since Drake used it in his song “The Motto,” with the lyrics, “Now she want a photo, you already know, though/ You only live once: that’s the…

  • Honey Boo Boo backs Israel, Lena Dunham book leak, modern-day ‘Seinfeld’

    Honey Boo Boo stands up for Israel, Lena Dunham’s book proposal is leaked, “Seinfeld” fans imagine the show about nothing today and Zach Braff finds he is related to Mitt Romney — through a witch.

  • What’s the deal with the “Modern Seinfeld” Twitter account?

    What if the most popular sitcom of all time, “Seinfeld,” took place in 2012? It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 14 years since the “show about nothing” went off the air, and while we still enjoy the nightly syndication episodes, two people figured out how a modern-day “Seinfeld” would look like with a new, popular…

  • Watch a bunch of Hasidic Jews rock ‘Gangnam Style’ in Yiddish

    (Post by JTA’s Adam Soclof) At Tiferes Rivka wedding hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eli Leno and Sori Schlafrig celebrated their wedding on the second night of Chanukah with a special musical tribute: a parody of the chart-topping single “Gangnam Style.”  The videowas posted to YouTube under the title “Hasidic Jews going Gangnam style,” although a quick visual…

  • Michael Bublé covers Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song”

    After releasing a very successful Christmas album, Canadian singer Michael Bublé decided to pay a tribute to his Jewish fans. On an encounter with TMZ, Bublé was asked what his favorite Hanukkah song was, which turned out to be the famous Adam Sandler version (“Put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah…”), Bublé even graced us with his (bleeped)…

  • OMG ‘One Direction’ speak Hebrew (and get kissed by Dustin Hoffman)

    It’s been an interesting week if you are a Jewish/Israeli fan of the boy band phenomenon “One Direction.” The band hung out in New York last week for a concert at the Madison Square Garden, and visited David Letterman on Friday. The guest before 1D was Dustin Hoffman, and when he realized that he doesn’t…

  • 25 cats and dogs admiring their Menorahs

    The Festival of Lights is upon us, and what better way to spend it than with your favorite friends — cats and dogs (they are more fun to celebrate with than humans anyway).
    So have a happy Meownukkah and don’t forget to light the Menowuff!
    That’s my cat!