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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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  • Cannabis-flavored ice cream? This Israeli is helping pioneer the product.

    (JTA) — The Vaniglia ice cream chain is popular in Israel for offering over 60 flavors. It recently added a notable new one to its roster: cannabis. The Israeli chain, which has over a dozen locations, has sold the flavor in stores since March. Sadly for stoners, the ice cream doesn’t contain any THC, the…

  • CBS will keep Leslie Moonves as CEO pending outcome of sexual misconduct investigation

    (JTA) — CBS is looking into sexual misconduct allegations against its CEO, Leslie Moonves, who was accused of inappropriate behavior in a New Yorker exposé last Friday. Ronan Farrow interviewed six women who alleged that Moonves sexually harassed them between the 1980s and the late 2000s. They said they feared that Moonves, one of Hollywood’s…

  • CBS head Leslie Moonves to be accused of sexual misconduct, report claims

    (JTA) — Leslie Moonves, the CEO of the CBS network, will be accused of unwanted kissing and touching in an imminent New Yorker expose, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The article reportedly was written by Ronan Farrow and set to be published later on Friday, although The New Yorker declined to comment on it to…

  • Philip Glass to receive Kennedy Center honor

    (JTA) — Renowned composer Philip Glass is one of this year’s Kennedy Center award winners. The Jewish artist, 81, will be honored along with pop idol Cher, singer Reba McEntire and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter for making “enduring and indelible marks on our culture,” the Kennedy Center announced Wednesday. The four co-creators of the Broadway play…

  • The craziest Jewish wedding dance you’ll ever see involves water-fueled hoverboards

    (JTA) — There’s the hora, and then there’s hovering. Barstool Sports reported on a Jewish wedding where two men dressed as Hasidic Jews took to the skies in water-propelled hoverboards and danced to the music of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The stunt was captured in a video shared by Barstool’s popular Instagram account Tuesday. Move…

  • Billy Joel says the night he wore a Star of David was one of his most memorable concerts

    (JTA) — Most artists would see playing one concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden as a crowning achievement. Billy Joel has now done it 100 times. Before and after his landmark show last week at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” the native Long Islander gave a series of interviews about his legacy. In one…

  • Sacha Baron Cohen fools Georgia GOP politician into making racist comments and dropping his pants to combat terrorists

    (JTA) — Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show is making crazy news headlines again today, and not for duping Sarah Palin, or Dick Cheney, or Bernie Sanders. But the clip surfacing from Sunday night’s episode of “Who Is America?” might be the most mind-blowing one yet. In it, Cohen — disguised as the macho Israeli anti-terrorist…

  • Natalie Portman gives a vegan lesson on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s life

    (JTA) — Natalie Portman is vegan, and she has made a video about another famous Jew who didn’t eat animals: Yiddish novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer. The video is an ad for PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but it doubles as a history lesson about Singer’s life and a reminder what she…

  • California Democrats rebuke Dianne Feinstein and endorse her opponent

    (JTA) — State Democratic leaders in California officially endorsed longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s progressive opponent — and the vote backing Kevin de Leon wasn’t close. Feinstein, a moderate Jewish lawmaker who has been a senator since 1992, beat de Leon in the Democratic primary by 33 percentage points last month. But the 51-year-old assemblyman finished…

  • This conservative columnist thinks Scarlett Johansson has the right to play a transgender character

    (JTA) — Call her the next Bari Weiss. Daniella Greenbaum — a 24-year-old conservative Jewish writer who, like the prominent New York Times columnist, has a knack for irritating the left over hot button social and political issues — may have just broken into the social media zeitgeist. Last week, Greenbaum wrote a column in Business Insider…