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  • Comedian Jena Friedman: We should treat neo-Nazis the way we treat women

    (JTA) — Jena Friedman is one of those comic talents who fly under the public radar, despite having an impressive resume in the industry. She was a writer for the “Late Show with David Letterman” and producer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and she has appeared in clips on channels ranging from MSNBC…

  • Aly Raisman’s nude photo shoot sends empowering message about surviving abuse

    (JTA) — Aly Raisman posed nude for Sports Illustrated for the second year in a row. But this year, the Jewish Olympic gymnast added a message to her photos. While posing for the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, Raisman was also included in a new campaign associated with it called “In Her Own Words.” In the…

  • Is Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin Jewish?

    (JTA) — All eyes are on skiing wunderkind Mikaela Shiffrin this week at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 22-year-old American is favored to win gold medals in slalom and giant slalom — those technique-heavy events in which skiers glide and weave between poles or gates (as opposed to the downhill and super-G categories,…

  • Chelsea soccer fans chant anti-Semitic songs less than a week after the team started an anti-hate campaign

    (JTA) — Supporters of the Chelsea soccer team were caught singing anti-Semitic songs during a game held five days after the British club launched a campaign to stamp out anti-Semitism among its fans. After the match against fellow Premier League squad Watford on Monday night, an unnamed Chelsea fan told England’s Jewish News that he…

  • Paul Simon says his upcoming tour will be his last

    (JTA) — Paul Simon says he is going to stop touring, save for the “occasional performance” for charity. “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of…

  • Houston synagogue flooded during Hurricane Harvey votes to demolish its damaged sanctuary

    (JTA) — United Orthodox Synagogues, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Houston that was inundated with seven feet of water during Hurricane Harvey, will demolish the sanctuary, offices and school wing of its building. The congregation’s elevated reception hall will be used as a temporary sanctuary space for the immediate future, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday….

  • Winter Olympics 2018: 4 Jewish storylines to watch

    (JTA) — The world is about to revolve around Pyeongchang, a mountainous county in the northern half of South Korea, for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Jewish fans won’t have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for this year as they did in 2016, when multiple American members of the tribe won medals at the Summer…

  • Oscar nominations 2018: 5 Jewish takeaways

    (JTA) — If one thing jumps out about the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards, it’s the lack of big Jewish headlines to be plucked from them. “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s latest fantasy-tinted film, about an amphibian creature housed in a government laboratory, led the pack with 13 nominations. Nevertheless, here are…

  • England’s Chelsea soccer team launches campaign to fight anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — England’s Chelsea soccer team announced that it will launch an initiative aimed at discouraging anti-Semitism among its players and fans. “Our players, staff, fans and visitors to the club come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included,” the team…

  • Is Arie Luyendyk, the new ‘Bachelor,’ Jewish?

    (JTA) — “The Bachelor” may have just started its 22nd season, but it shows no signs of viewer fatigue. Nearly 5.5 million people tuned in to watch the season premiere on Monday night. Some of those fans might be wondering: Is Arie Luyendyk Jr., this season’s main man, Jewish? After all, Ari — albeit normally without…