Menu JTA Search


  • In Israel, Public Holds Its Breath to See How Hamas Will Respond

    In the eerie emptiness of malls and open-air markets, in the nervous jokes Israelis make before taking their seat at cafes and in the anxious glances bus riders exchange, it’s understood that the waiting game has begun. Israel is a country hanging in grim suspense — wondering when, where and how Hamas will exact its… More ▸

  • Chopped Liver Gets a Mention, but No Jewish Wins on Oscar Night

    If Jewish Hollywood fans had something to be excited about on Oscar night, it wasn’t the success of Jews on the silver screen. Though the 76th Academy Awards brought much cheer to New Zealand, home of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which took home a whopping 11 Oscars, it brought… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Comedian Joan Rivers reportedly is looking for love. The comedian recently signed up for, the most popular online Jewish dating service. “I wouldn’t give my real name,” Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t want to post my picture, so I tried to use a photo of Nicole Kidman with a line through… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Lenny Bruce received a posthumous pardon for using an obscenity. New York Gov. George Pataki pardoned the Jewish comedian Tuesday, calling the move “a declaration of New York’s commitment to upholding the First Amendment.” More ▸

  • News Brief

    Krusty the Clown, of “The Simpsons” fame, had a belated Bar Mitzvah. On an episode of the popular cartoon show, which aired Sunday on Fox, Krusty learns that he is not on the Jewish Walk of Fame because he has not had a Bar Mitzvah. To rectify the problem, Krusty reads from the Torah under… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A leading French comic performed a controversial sketch on prime-time television. Dieudonne, a comedian of African origin well-known for provocative performances, appeared dressed as a fervently-Orthodox Jew on a live broadcast Monday evening of “You can’t please everybody,” a popular weekly talk show broadcast on the publicly owned France 3 channel. More ▸

  • News Brief

    Comedian Jackie Mason angered some Poles with a joke about anti-Semitism. “Polish people hate the Jews; they just don’t remember why,” Mason quipped on a New York radio show, the New York Daily News said. More ▸

  • For Second Time, Israel Gala Group Makes Late Adjustments to Schedule

    The Israel Forever Foundation has cancelled a planned MCI Center concert for Chanukah, choosing instead to partner with an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert already scheduled for next month. This is the second time the fledgling organization has cancelled an event. The group hoped to produce a concert for Israel’s 55th birthday in May that was… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jerry Lewis is going to Tel Aviv for a film festival in his honor. The comedian will be honored in Israel with a week-long festival Oct. 28-Nov. 3 in association with the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives. More ▸