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  • The kosher Super Bowl halftime show

    From Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004 to rapper M.I.A.’s middle finger to the camera in 2012, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has not been very kosher in recent years. The halftime show, which usually features some of the most popular musical acts in the world, is often a spectacle of scantily clad dancers… More ▸

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections. Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team Brady has played for in his 15 years in the NFL,… More ▸

  • New documentary traces Larry Kramer’s righteous anger

    The new documentary “Larry Kramer in Love and Anger” begins, aptly, with Kramer yelling. Kramer was one of the loudest, angriest, most militant and — the film argues — most effective AIDS activist in the 1980s and ’90s. He called AIDS a “plague” and “genocide.” He berated public officials like Ed Koch and Ronald Reagan for doing… More ▸

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee. The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at Sundance, is stripped of both bravado and joy. In the movie,… More ▸

  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay. What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82. Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master of ceremonies in “Cabaret” —… More ▸

  • Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong

    For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights. Well, someone finally asked the religious Zionists. And it turns out we were wrong the whole… More ▸

  • Jewish David Foster Wallace stuns at Sundance

    No, the late great writer David Foster Wallace was not Jewish – but the first actor to portray him onscreen is. Jason Segel, the Jewish actor known for his roles in films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement” as well as the popular TV show “How I Met Your Mother,” plays Wallace… More ▸

  • A month after Alan Gross’ arrival, a welcome-home party at his synagogue

    Alan Gross wore a gray suit, red tie and a perpetual smile as he took the stage Thursday night at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Md., at a welcome-home reception in his honor sponsored by dozens of Jewish organizations, including the the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. But while he celebrated being “home sweet… More ▸