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  • Pro-obama ‘schlep’ to Fla. Puts Focus on Jewish Seniors, Question of Race

    Fred Wolff is pretty explicit in laying out the reason why he won’t support Barack Obama on Nov. 4. A survivor of the Dachau concentration camp who came to the United States as a teenager, Wolff told JTA he typically favors Republican candidates. This year he would have preferred former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas… More ▸

  • A-listers Turn out for Israel’s Hollywood Bash

    There were Hollywood stars and powerful studio heads, politicians and multinational rappers, Israeli Cabinet ministers and dancers, two dozen Israeli Scouts, a 3-D film segment, a tennis legend, comedians, resounding shofars, electronic fireworks and tables groaning with biblical fruits. They all came out for the Sept. 18 festivities marking Israel’s 60th anniversary and honoring Israeli-born… More ▸

  • Borat in Israel?

    Sascha Baron Cohen narrates “the running of the Jews” in Borat. The serious-minded former director of Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Yossi Alpher, who also is co-editor of, a Palestinian-Israeli Web site, writes about a close encounter of the Bruno kind in his latest column in the Forward. More ▸

  • The Jewish (celebrity) Songbook, Zohan’s Diddy and Jdub’s Latest

    A new CD of classic Jewish songs features Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and the biggest surprise of the album isn’t even that they all manage — more or less — to stick to the original lyrics. The big surprise is, they’re entertaining when they do. The truth is, the… More ▸

  • No Joke: Carl and Rob Reiner Honored by Israeli Film Festival

    LOS ANGELES — “If I ever get the Nobel Prize, the headline is going to say ‘Meathead wins Nobel Prize,’ ” suggests actor-turned-director Rob Reiner, harking back to his role as Archie Bunker’s son-in-law during the 1970s run of “All in the Family.” “I’m very proud of that appellation,” he adds. “The show was an… More ▸

  • Osama sends Israel belated birthday wishes

    The Onion reports, In an unexpected act that Israeli president Shimon Peres called “thoughtful,” al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sent a belated threat to Israel Monday in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th birthday. “Old fart!” read the front of the card in a font designed to look like ancient stone tablets. “Did you actually… More ▸

  • Hollywood, Heeb-style

    Some highlights from Heeb’s Hollywood issue: Award-winning comedian Kristen Schaal wishes she were Jewish. Child actor-turned-Hollywood lawyer Jeff B. Cohen, known for his turn as Chunk in The Goonies, offers legal advice. Up close and personal with Jason Segel, the writer and star of the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Whatever happened to all of those… More ▸

  • Clinging to Their Native Identity, British Israelis Stick to Their Own

    For the organizers of the British Zionist Federation’s celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, the idea of bringing American Jewish comedian Jackie Mason to perform alongside the Israeli army’s entertainment troupe and Israeli singer Sarit Hadad seemed a natural fit for this year’s festivities. “We usually have just an Israeli artist as the main performer,” said… More ▸