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    Kazakhstan now has a kosher restaurant. “Kosher” opened its doors in Almaty this week, offering a range of meat dishes to a Jewish community of 30,000 that is experiencing a revival in the Central Asian country. Previously, observant Kazakh Jews had to find their food at outlets such as the Chabad House or the Israeli… More ▸

  • The News Shticker: Jewno, Britney & Mel

    If Juno were Jewno … (Jewschool has more on the story behind the video) Britney removes her Kabbalah tattoo and … does lunch with Mel Gibson. On Shabbos!!! Before the deadly construction accident last weekend, a Jewish octogenarian and retired contractor tried to warn New York officials that a crane on E. 51 St. wasn’t… More ▸

  • Larry King: Jerry who?

    My standard joke on Larry King is that he could have Adolf Hitler on for two hours and the Holocaust would not come up. But Jerry Seinfeld may have outdone me… All that said, maybe Jerry needs to lighten up. More ▸

  • In Aftermath of the Six-day War, Peace Seemed Attainable for Israel

    Just before 8 o’clock on the morning of June 5, 1967, my friends and I gathered in our high school cafeteria waiting for the bell to ring sending us to homeroom. We were 10 days from graduation, so the banter was hardly focused on anything serious. Amid this typical teenage jocularity came this comment from… More ▸

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    The U.S. State Department listed Borat as the victim of human rights abuses in Kazakhstan. On Wednesday, the State Department released its annual report on human rights abuses and included the fictional Kazakh journalist created by Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat was featured in Cohen’s recent satirical film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for… More ▸

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    A woman who was on a 1987 trip to Israel with Sacha Baron Cohen is suing the British comedian for saying in a facetious interview that he got her pregnant. In a suit filed in Los Angeles last month, British-born Californian Heddi Cundle sued Cohen for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, fraud, breach of contract,… More ▸

  • At Baltics Limmud, Love and Learning Are Among Many Splendored Things

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry. Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It was two years ago that Lapidus, from the Estonian capital of Tallinn, attended… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Jews Celebrate on Oscar Night

    After a slow start in the initial Oscar nominations, Hollywood’s Jews reaffirmed the tribe’s historic resilience with a credible finish at the Academy Awards. Host Ellen DeGeneres set the stage in the Feb. 25 broadcast by noting the diversity of this year’s nominees, concluding that without “blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscar.”… More ▸