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Gabe Friedman is JTA's Associate News Editor. Prior to joining JTA, Gabe was an arts and culture fellow at the Forward, where he wrote dozens of stories, including a feature on a Jewish family who settled in Pakistan and a profile of the Jewish founder of the popular music venue-bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl. Gabe has also been published in The New York Times and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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  • Rashida Jones had a baby with Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig

    (JTA) — In the post-Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff era, could this be the next Jewish “it” couple? Us Weekly reported that actress and director Rashida Jones, known for her roles in “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,” had a baby months ago with Ezra Koenig, singer of the New York indie rock band Vampire…

  • Bono gives Nazi salute to mock far-right Swedish politicians

    (JTA) — Bono was seen giving a Nazi salute in concert — but not as a tribute to Hitler. The U2 frontman made the salute at a show in Paris on Sunday to mock a far-right Swedish political party. The Local Sweden reported he made the gesture twice, each time yelling “Akesson!” Jimmie Akesson is…

  • Paul McCartney says he never meant to offend Jews with ‘Hey Jude’

    (JTA) — In 1968, The Beatles put the title to their upcoming single, “Hey Jude,” on the front of their record label’s boutique store in London. The idea was to intrigue passersby before the release, Paul McCartney told GQ in a new interview. However, the song’s name didn’t go over well with everyone. McCartney said…

  • Cynthia Nixon’s unusual bagel order grosses out New Yorkers

    (JTA) — As Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign winds down before Thursday’s New York primary, her policy priorities are not the only things showing up in headlines: Her bagel preferences are too. Nixon was caught placing what seemed like a normal order at Zabar’s on Sunday — one with a lot of lox, cream cheese and…

  • Jewish rapper Mac Miller found dead at 26

    (JTA) — Rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent drug overdose on Friday, TMZ reported. The 26-year-old struggled with substance abuse for years, including during a high-profile relationship with pop star Ariana Grande. According to TMZ, Miller was found by police at his home in California’s San Fernando Valley, and pronounced dead at…

  • ‘The Cakemaker’ will be Israel’s entry into the foreign Oscar race

    (JTA) — “The Cakemaker,” a successful indie film involving a gay and straight love triangle, will be Israel’s entry into the 2019 Academy Awards. The film, written and directed by Ofir Raul Graizer, won six awards at Israel’s version of the Oscars, the Ophir Awards, on Thursday, including for best picture. The best film winner…

  • Brett Kavanaugh’s seeming snub of Parkland shooting victim’s father goes viral

    (JTA) — The father of a Parkland shooting victim approached Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after the judge’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. Kavanaugh’s stern reaction is going viral. Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was gunned down along with 16 others during a shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida…

  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Beck Bennett isn’t Jewish, but he just had a Jewish wedding

    (JTA) — Beck Bennett, the actor known for portraying figures such as Vladimir Putin and Wolf Blitzer on “Saturday Night Live,” tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend under a huppah. Bennett, who also starred in those adorable AT&T commercials featuring kids in a classroom, shared photos of the Jewish wedding ceremony on Instagram on…

  • Kirk Douglas, 101, looks like a loving great-grandfather on Instagram

    (JTA) — At 101, Kirk Douglas isn’t making many Hollywood headlines anymore. But if you want the occasional glimpse into his adorable family life, follow his grandson Cameron. As People magazine pointed out, Cameron Douglas — son of Michael — posted a photo of Kirk with his great-granddaughter on Instagram on Tuesday. Kirk’s great-granddaughter is…

  • This Seattle singer wrote an entire folk rock album on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    (JTA) — In 2014, early on in a three-year stint spent living in Israel, songwriter Ben Fisher took a vacation to Japan. Sitting in a hotel room in Tokyo, he spontaneously wrote a song about the founding of Tel Aviv — in about 15 minutes. The story goes that the first Tel Aviv homesteaders chose…