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  • A Broadway veteran joins Amy Schumer in Steve Martin’s Jewy new play

    NEW YORK (JTA) — It’s a recurring theme in the career of actor Jeremy Shamos: extravagant praise for playing some less-than-extravagant characters. In reviews for “Meteor Shower,” the new Broadway comedy by Steve Martin, the entertainment website says Shamos “is priceless as the zhlubbish Norm,” who is the “mushy husband” to the character played…

  • On Broadway, an Israeli-American plays an Egyptian romantic in ‘The Band’s Visit’

    (JTA) — There’s a long and poignant story behind the T-shirt that Ari’el Stachel often wears these days. It says, in Hebrew letters, “Totzeret Teman” —  “Product of Yemen.” The unexpected juxtaposition of two cultures, Israeli and Arab, is as fascinating and complex as Stachel himself. Stachel, 26, is an actor and singer making his Broadway…

  • The best Herman Wouk story (almost) no one has read

    The “Marjorie Morningstar” author’s son and I went to Camp Ramah together — and I secretly read his mail.

  • My history with the family of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Jewish killer

    Veteran CBS newsman Steve North recalls meetings with siblings and a nephew of Jack Ruby — a volatile man with a penchant for violence in the face of anti-Jewish slurs.