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  • NFL star Antonio Brown’s mansion has a synagogue in it

    (JTA) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown owns an enormous mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, along with the dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, sits an in-home synagogue. Brown isn’t Jewish, but he showed off the house (more accurately, one of his multiple houses) and impressive sneaker collection in an interview with Complex…

  • Trump told Macron that US will leave the Iran deal

    (JTA) — President Donald Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron that the U.S. is leaving the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times has reported. Trump will officially announce his decision at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, but the Times reported that Trump phoned Macron this morning. The Times report claims that Trump will…

  • Israel offends Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by serving him dessert in a shoe

    (JTA) — After a day of high-level meetings in Israel on May 2 — some of which involved the stressful topic of Middle East peace negotiations — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down to dinner in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence. According to multiple reports, things went smoothly until dessert — chocolates…

  • Why the band Haim means so much to young Jewish women

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On Friday, Zoe Plotsky and 10 friends will come together for a casual Shabbat dinner at a Greek restaurant near Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan. They will make a toast, break pita bread (instead of challah), share something they were grateful for from the previous week, eat and probably…

  • Jake Gyllenhaal will play Leonard Bernstein in biopic

    (JTA) — Jake Gyllenhaal will star in and co-produce a film about the late Jewish classical music icon Leonard Bernstein. The screenplay by Michael Mitnick will be based on the biography “Leonard Bernstein” by Humphrey Murton, Variety reported Wednesday. Cary Joji Fukunaga, who has helmed films such as “Beasts of No Nation” and “Jane Eyre,”…

  • ‘The Band’s Visit’ gets 11 Tony nominations

    (JTA) — “The Band’s Visit,” about a troupe of Egyptian musicians that winds up in a tiny Israeli village, garnered 11 Tony nominations, including for best musical. The musical, based on a popular 2007 film of the same name directed by Israel’s Eran Kolirin, also scooped up nominations for best original score, best book of…

  • Seth Rogen hits Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Jew jokes in ‘Drop the Mic’ rap battle

    (JTA) — Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are good friends. The Jewish actors have worked together on films like “The Night Before” and “50/50.” But they took some time on Sunday on the rap battle show “Drop the Mic” to savagely insult each other. On the TBS show, a spinoff of a popular segment from…

  • Rabbis call on congressional candidate to stop comparing abortion to the Holocaust

    (JTA) — A group of rabbis is urging a Republican politician from Kansas City to stop comparing abortion to the Holocaust. The Rabbinical Association of Kansas City wrote a letter to State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald saying his words “abuse the memory of the murdered victims of the Nazi regime,” the Kansas City Star reported Thursday….

  • Steven Spielberg says ‘Schindler’s List’ is the film he is most proud of

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Out of all his celebrated films, Steven Spielberg is most proud of “Schindler’s List,” the 1993 Oscar winner about a German businessman who saved over 1,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The filmmaker made the claim at a Tribeca Film Festival event on Thursday marking the film’s 25th anniversary that brought him…

  • Trump was late to Michael Cohen’s son’s bar mitzvah — and bragged about it

    (JTA) — Times are tough right now for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Cohen has been portrayed as the ultimate loyal servant to Trump, but reports have conveyed that the president has never treated him well during his years of service. In the wake of an FBI raid on his office, home and hotel…