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  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims: That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel That Israel fields teams in West Bank settlements That a group of Israeli fans are racist For the first two issues,… More ▸

  • Are entertainers and sports heroes emblematic of Jewish American heritage?

    The 10th Jewish American Heritage Month is nearing its final week, with President Barack Obama set to mark the occasion with a speech at a Washington synagogue, and the celebration raises an interesting question: What is it about Jews and entertainment? That is, why does the American Jewish community make its most visible commemoration about its… More ▸

  • 5 of Paul Shaffer’s best moments as Letterman’s bandleader

    Wednesday night will be the 6,028th show of David Letterman’s late-night comedy career, and the final episode of his beloved CBS program, “Late Show with David Letterman.” By this point, late-night comedy fans may take for granted Letterman’s perennial Jewish sidekick and bandleader, Paul Shaffer. Shaffer, 65, is a Canadian Jew who grew up going to… More ▸

  • 70 years on, Hitchcock Holocaust doc finds an audience

    “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that the dead body is barely recognizable as human. It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust documentary, shot and scripted 70 years ago, and crafted with the help of the legendary director… More ▸

  • Natalie Portman is back with a vengeance

    Until a few weeks ago, Natalie Portman had all but disappeared from the frontlines of popular culture. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her intense role in “Black Swan,” the Israeli-American actress took a well-deserved break and settled down: She got married, had a child, moved to Paris and acted… More ▸