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  • Ewan McGregor to direct adaptation of Philip Roth’s ‘American Pastoral’

    The film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” just gained a lot more hype. Ewan McGregor, the acclaimed Scottish actor known for his roles “Trainspotting” and the “Star Wars” franchise, announced on Wednesday that he will make his directorial debut at the helm of “American Pastoral.” “I’ve wanted to direct for years… More ▸

  • At Boston festival, shining light on disabilities through film

    With this month’s observance of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, community groups across the country are discovering the power of film to shed light on the subject and defy stereotypes of people living with disabilities. “Films are an accessible way to create community and to educate and entertain,” said Jaymie Saks, executive director of the Boston… More ▸

  • Nick Kroll’s ‘rye’ reference to LA rock history

    LOS ANGELES — Comedian Nick Kroll, host of the eponymous Kroll Show, recently aired a heavy-metal ditty in homage to the pleasures of rocking it late-night in LA’s delis: Kroll, a former Solomon Schecter student and the squeeze of comedy titan Amy Poehler, name-drops a few LA delis, including Jerry’s, Greenblatt’s, and Langer’s, but the… More ▸

  • VIDEO: What happens when an Orthodox man wanders through Paris

    We have all heard about the rising levels of anti-Semitism in Europe. But not all of us get to actually see it. Orthodox journalist Zvika Klein, who works for the Israeli news outlet NRG, filmed himself walking through Paris while wearing the kippah and tzitzit he sports everyday. In the video below, filmed by a camera… More ▸

  • Beware the Holocaust-themed selfie

    A few weeks ago, during a Holocaust commemoration ceremony at the former Czech concentration camp Terezin, a Czech politician was caught taking a selfie on live television. Zdenek Skromach, 58, of the Czech Social Democratic Party, appeared to wear the slightest of smiles as he snapped the photo on his phone from within a crowd of… More ▸

  • Video by West Bank settlers draws ADL condemnation

    It’s called “The Eternal Jew” and it features a caricature of a Jew with a hooked nose stooping to collect gold coins in exchange for spreading treacherous lies on behalf of a powerful benefactor. Trafficking in familiar anti-Semitic tropes, it looks like a classic Nazi-era cartoon. But in this case, the producers are a group of Israeli West Bank… More ▸

  • When grandpa was a Nazi

    What do you do if you find out your grandfather was a Nazi officer? That’s the crisis Jennifer Teege confronted in a Hamburg library in 2008 when she stumbled upon “I Have to Love My Father, Right?” The book was written by her mother, Monika Hertwig, and according to the dust jacket, Hertwig’s father was Amon… More ▸

  • ‘Shamor L’Amour’ guide seeks to foster healthy romantic relationships

      Talking about domestic violence may not seem like the most romantic  way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Nonetheless, Jewish Women International has timed the release of a new guide aimed at combating domestic abuse and fostering healthy relationships to coincide with the Feb. 14 holiday. Called both “Rethinking Shabbat” and “Shamor L’Amour” (which roughly translates from Hebrew and French… More ▸

  • From Croatia to Israel to the NBA?

    Dragan Bender, a 17-year-old from Croatia, is heading to New York City for this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game festivities to see the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv believes Bender, a 6-foot-11 power forward, could one day be playing in the game. So do scores of other European… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Jews and the joint

    Last week JTA reported on a new group named Le’Or that is trying to engage the organized American Jewish community in the campaign to legalize marijuana. While JTA’s archives include far more references to The Joint (a nickname for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) than joints (or bongs or pipes), the topic of marijuana has come… More ▸