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  • Jewish Republican scores gubernatorial rival for staying in Israel after Missouri twister

    (JTA) — A Jewish Republican candidate for governor in Missouri has launched an attack ad accusing his Democratic opponent of ignoring the state after a devastating tornado by staying “in luxury” overseas — in Israel. The ad, aired last week in Joplin by Eric Greitens, features images of homes laid flat by a tornado that hit Joplin and Duquesne on…

  • A Jewish merman for all seasons

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (JTA) – To find the world’s only known professional Jewish merman, you’ll need to look in the most unlikely of places. Here, more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean — in one of the country’s most landlocked states, with one of the smallest Jewish populations — you’ll encounter Tikva Naim Briggs,…

  • 10 awesome books for the Days of Awe (and after)

    (JTA) — Here we are in September/Elul, preparing to welcome a new Jewish year and a new fall season of Jewishy books, including the first novel since 5766 by (now almost 40-year-old) wunderkind Jonathan Safran Foer — perhaps you’ve heard the buzz. Presented below is JSF’s latest, plus nine other volumes, from the humorous to…

  • From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (JTA) – At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood that included an excess of matzah ball soup, latkes, and tons of white rice,” the 30-year-old jokes. “But of course my…

  • 7 books to make your summer more summery — and Jewy, too

    (JTA) — Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. So take our advice: Whether you’re lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a subway car, take some time to retreat into a good, Jewishy…

  • How one Tulsa synagogue is baking its way to a better world

    TULSA, Okla. (JTA) – Walk into Congregation B’nai Emunah on any Tuesday afternoon and you’ll barely get through the massive, light-filled foyer before it hits you: an aromatic wave of warm oatmeal and raisins, or perhaps a sweet surge of rich, melting chocolate chips. What you’re smelling isn’t catered food for a bar mitzvah bash….

  • That time ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sang in Hebrew

    Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and the the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original score, best book and best lead actor. This makes it official: Whether we’re talking about the 18th…

  • A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring

    (JTA) — Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spruce up your bookshelf (or e-reader or audiobook app), no? Here are ten Jewishy suggestions to rejuvenate…

  • The AT&T Girl’s surprising call to action

    (JTA) — You know Lily. You do. She’s that chipper, slyly witty girl who works at the AT&T store — not a real one, but the one you see in those ubiquitous TV ads. What you may not know is that the actress who plays her, Milana Vayntrub, is a nice Jewish girl. She’s also…

  • New and improved Jewish camps for our Gilded Age

    (JTA) — At the oldest Jewish summer camp in New England, you can hike, swim, sail — and now fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The Camp Modin “trapeze center” is the first of its kind in North America, a “revolutionary” design with a “state-of-the-art inflatable landing pad.” The center is just…