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  • 10 Jewish pop culture moments from 2015

    This year, as always, Jews contributed to the worlds of art, music, literature, film, television, comedy — and even Instagram modeling. Here are some of the moments that made members of the tribe stand out in the increasingly bizarre, fast-paced whirlwind of American pop culture. 1. Larry David’s Bernie Sanders impersonation on “SNL” One of the world’s most prominent… More ▸

  • When a guy named Shmuel aces NPR’s Christmas ‘puzzler’

    A guy named Shmuel Thaler solved last week’s Sunday morning NPR puzzle challenge. It was pop-culture related — the answer was Green Hornet. So no big deal. Except that Shmuel’s name was randomly picked out of over 120 winners for this week’s on-air puzzler, hosted by The New York Times puzzle master, Will Shortz. The… More ▸

  • How Israel’s president learned to love Reform Judaism, and vice versa

    Reform leaders on Sunday sent an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would have been next to unthinkable just last year. Along with decrying a “worrying escalation of incitement,” the leaders praised a man they only recently condemned: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “The president’s personal commitment to the values of democracy and Judaism are… More ▸

  • 7 revealing facts about Jews at American colleges

    Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, released its annual fall college guide earlier this month — complete with rankings of “The Top Schools Jews Choose.” The figures are estimated by campus Hillels. Here are seven takeaways. 1. The University of Florida has the most Jewish students of any North American college  The University of Florida, with… More ▸

  • Streit’s Matzo factory may be converted into Manhattan condos

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Developers are considering building condominiums on the historic former site of Streit’s Matzo factory in Manhattan. Manhattan-based Cogswell Realty filed tentative plans with the New York attorney general’s office to build 45 residential condo units, a commercial condo and 26 storage units on the property, The Real Deal reported. According to the attorney general, Cogswell… More ▸

  • Watch Bernie Sanders discuss his ‘absolutely dope’ civil rights record with Atlanta rapper

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently sat down for a videotaped talk with an unorthodox interviewer: Killer Mike, a rapper and black activist known for being half of acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels. The interview took place at an Atlanta barber shop owned by the “raptivist,” real name Michael Render, in late November, just before he introduced… More ▸

  • How The NY Times misrepresents Christian Zionist pastor John Hagee

    The New York Times on Tuesday night posted a roundup of responses to an incendiary video by the Israeli right-wing group Im Tirtzu that targets human rights NGOs as “terrorist moles.” (We cover the same issue here.) The Times story is thorough and sober. That is, until it ends with a gratuitous swipe at Pastor… More ▸

  • Roman Polanski, 10 other Hollywood Jews open up about surviving Holocaust

    The Hollywood Reporter is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with a feature on 11 survivors who went on to careers in American entertainment. The project, released Wednesday morning online and in print, includes moving video interviews with all the subjects, including director Roman Polanski and sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. Director Steven Spielberg, the founder… More ▸

  • Is Trump really a fascist, or just an ugly capitalist?

    You may remember Arthur Chu, the Jeopardy! contestant whose strategies last year kept him in the game for 11 episodes and earned him plaudits and derision alike. He’s also a political columnist on the liberal side of the spectrum, and in a column for Salon on the Donald Trump phenomenon, he says enough with the Hitler and… More ▸