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  • 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…

  • What that much-hated Washington Post essay gets wrong about Jewish men

    (JTA) — Carey Purcell seems to be done dating Jewish men, as she explained in a Washington Post essay that earned her a deluge of attention — and none of it the good kind. In an opinion piece titled “I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion,” Purcell — who describes herself as a…

  • Netanyahu backtracks, suspending African migrants deal he praised hours earlier

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is freezing an agreement made with the United Nations that would have relocated thousands of African asylum seekers to Western countries. His decision leaves in limbo the fate of up to 40,000 African asylum seekers in Israel; an Israeli government plan to deport them this month was put…

  • Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist saved by an old bar mitzvah gift

    (JTA) — Bruce Springsteen’s longtime guitarist Nils Lofgren found himself in a pickle on Friday night: Just hours before a sold-out solo show in Dallas, he discovered that his four vintage guitars had been stolen. Lofgren, who has also toured with Neil Young and Ringo Starr, tweeted that he was “devastated” by the robbery, but…

  • 5 Haggadahs and other Passover supplements to modernize your seder this year

    (JTA) — Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If you’re looking to give your seder a distinct 2018 flavor, consider these options — they…

  • Hungarian prime minister Orban attacks ‘enemy’ who ‘speculates with money’ in election rally speech

    (JTA) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban used language that some critics have said has anti-Semitic undertones at a rally three weeks before he seeks re-election for a third term. Speaking Thursday in Budapest, Orban harshly criticized proponents of immigration. He also called out George Soros, the Hungary-born Jewish financier and philanthropist, and those who…