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  • ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ wins 8 Emmy Awards

    (JTA) — It was quite a Jewish night at the 70th Emmy Awards. While co-host Michael Che joked that most of the first winners, despite being white, did not thank Jesus, the explanation may have been that almost all of them were Jewish. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the Amazon show about a Jewish housewife turned stand-up…

  • Jewish celebrities remember Burt Reynolds

    (JTA) — Burt Reynolds, one of the most successful actors of the ’70s, known for his roles in films such as “The Longest Yard,” “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” passed away Thursday at age 82. Despite his ample and Semitic chest hair, made famous in a now iconic nude Cosmopolitan centerfold, Reynolds wasn’t Jewish — though…

  • These 4 Jewish sisters were best known as Instagram stars — until the internet found out their mom is Pamela Geller

    (JTA) — The four Jewish Oshry sisters, who have all gained internet fame through their various curated social media accounts, are facing a public reckoning for a surprising reason: the identity of their mother. The most famous of the four is Claudia Oshry Soffer, who runs the Girl With No Job Instagram account. Claudia, who fills…

  • The 3 most Jewish TV shows nominated for Golden Globes

    (JTA) — It’s early January, which means the 2018 award season is upon us. The first big show is the Golden Globes, which airs Sunday night. This year features plenty of great Jewish nominees.  While we’re excited about the great Jewish actors and movies in the film categories (here’s looking at you, “Call Me By Your…

  • I’m Israeli, and Rosh Hashanah is just not the same in the US

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Last year, in a fit of desperation and loneliness, I booked tickets for a five-day trip to Israel for Rosh Hashanah. I didn’t tell my friends I was coming — the sole purpose of my travel was to have a holiday dinner with my family. Financially, logistically and even physically, it…

  • 6 Jewish podcasts that will make you rethink love

    (JTA) — Sunday evening marks the beginning of Tu b’Av, a minor holiday that celebrates the wine harvest. It is considered an auspicious day for matchmaking and thus has been dubbed “The Jewish Day of Love.” Let’s face it, though: Days of love are not for everyone. Some of us may be happily alone; some…

  • For Mothers’ Day, 8 Jewish TV moms who are smashing stereotypes

    (JTA) — We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother who constantly finds ways to pester — er, remind — you that you don’t call or eat enough. And when it comes to television shows, too often Jewish moms have been depicted as a burden to their children. Take, if you will, the needling…

  • 6 Israeli TV shows to binge-watch now

    (JTA) — As the folks on the next season of “Game of Thrones” might say, “Winter is here.” That means it’s time to get under the covers and engage in the national pastime of binge-watching TV shows. Since Netflix pioneered the streaming model in the late 2000s, other streaming services have been popping up regularly,…

  • Hanukkah sweaters are now a thing — and I love them

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, I found personally…

  • From Woody Allen to Sarah Jessica Parker, 8 ‘Jewish’ shows to watch this fall

    (JTA) — Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather, earlier sunsets and an end to whatever magical spell or temporary insanity that possessed us to spend our free time outdoors rather than in front of our screens. But now it’s time to bring out those snuggies, brew those hot beverages and binge watch some…