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  • The anti-Semitism controversy surrounding NFL prospect Josh Rosen, explained

    (JTA) — For most of last year, many predicted that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen would be the first player chosen in the 2018 National Football League draft. The sturdy 6-foot-4 signal-caller has racked up an impressive array of passing statistics since his freshman year in 2015, and analysts have praised the right-hander’s throwing mechanics, accuracy…

  • The Warsaw Ghetto uprising inspired other revolts against the Nazis

    (JTA) — On April 19, 1943, German troops entered the Warsaw Ghetto to deport its remaining inhabitants. Learn more about what the Germans were hit with that day in our new video.

  • Gal Gadot cried when she saw a video of her grandfather on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    (JTA) — Israeli actress Gal Gadot said she got teary when her assistant showed her a video of her late grandfather on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Gadot, the star of “Wonder Woman,” explained in an Instagram post on Thursday that she had not been able to find a photo of her grandfather Abraham Weiss, who lost…

  • ‘Broad City’ is ending — here are the show’s most Jewish moments

    (JTA) — Like everything else, all good Jewish comedies must come to an end. The stars and creators of “Broad City,” Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, said Thursday that the hilarious Comedy Central show’s next season will be its last. That fifth season will air in early 2019. “’Broad City’ has been our baby and…

  • Pussy Riot cancels Israel concert — possibly not for BDS reasons

    (JTA) — The political band Pussy Riot canceled a show in Israel without specifying why, and an Israeli paper reported that it could be for “technical issues.” The Russian group, known for its anti-Putin performance art, announced the cancellation on Saturday. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had urged the band not to…

  • Seth Meyers and his wife named their son after her Holocaust survivor grandparents

    (JTA) — Seth Meyers’ newborn baby boy is named Axel Strahl Meyers. The Strahl in there might sound unusual, and that’s because it’s actually a surname — one that belonged to his wife’s grandparents, who were both Holocaust survivors. In a touching segment on his NBC show “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Monday night, he…

  • Amar’e Stoudemire is converting to Judaism

    (JTA) — Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire has for years claimed to have “Hebrew roots,” studied Judaism and practiced its cultural customs. Now he is making the ties official by converting to the Jewish religion. Stoudemire, 35, told HBO sports reporter Jon Frankel at an event at Harvard University on Sunday that he is “in…

  • Fox adapting Israeli show about an interracial couple

    (JTA) — Hollywood’s love affair with Israeli television continues. The latest Israeli TV show to be adapted for an American audience will be “Nevsu,” which depicts a marriage between an Ethiopian man and an Ashkenazi Jewish woman. It became the first Israeli show to include a black lead character on a primetime show when it…

  • Patriots’ Julian Edelman helped stop a possible school shooting

    (JTA) — Julian Edelman has nearly done it all. The Patriots’ star Jewish wide receiver has played in three Super Bowls, starred in a series of comedic videos, written a children’s book — and now he may have thwarted a school shooting. According to The New York Times, Edelman heeded a message to his Instagram…

  • Israel releases 58 jailed African migrants who refused to be deported to Rwanda

    (JTA) — The Israeli government has released 58 African asylum seekers being held in a detention center after a plan to deport over 200 more of them to Rwanda fell through. Israel announced the release Wednesday and will now look to negotiate a deal with Uganda, even though the African country does not want to…