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is JTA's web content producer and also in charge of weekly video packages and occasional design projects. Uri is from Tel Aviv, Israel and a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism. He has interned with several television stations in Portland, Ore., and in CBS News in New York.


  • Drake won’t face charges for brawl with Chris Brown

    More than five months after the Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake was involved in a brawl with rapper Chris Brown at a New York City nightclub, the case is finally closed. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say there isn’t enough evidence to move forward with the case. The brawl happened on June 14th at the WIP…

  • Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon rock a new Dreidel song

    Actress Rashida Jones showed up for an awesome holiday duet that covers popular songs and changes them into a festive spirit. Among the highlights… Jones, who’s half Jewish, and Fallon, performing the Chanukah version to Flo Rida’s “Whistle” — check it out (01:41-02:11)! “Just put your fingertips together and you say ‘Shalom!’”

  • Big bang: Mayim Bialik announces divorce

    How was your Thanksgiving? Good? Good. Well while you were celebrating Turkey Day with your family, you missed some very important news. “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik just announced she’s divorcing her husband Michael Stone. On her Kveller blog, Bialik discussed her separation from Stone after nine years of marriage, After much consideration and soul-searching,…

  • Paul Rudd’s Top 10 Thoughts when an audience member threw up during his Broadway show

    Paul Rudd’s new Broadway show “Grace” received a pretty disgusting feedback during last week’s performance, when an audience member sitting at the balcony threw up on the orchestra theatergoers. The audience member, reportedly drunk, “fell forward so that he was leaning/hanging over the balcony,” audience member Gabe Alfassy told New York magazine. “As people were trying to get…

  • A Larry David Thanksgiving

    Larry David published an animated video on “Funny or Die” about how his Thanksgiving was growing up in Brooklyn. The result: well, exactly how you would expect a Larry David Thanksgiving to be. Larry David’s Thanksgiving Special from Larry David        

  • Judd Apatow finally going to produce a ‘Simpsons’ episode he wrote 22 years ago

    Comedy director Judd Apatow sat down with Conan O’Brien for the late night host’s new online chat show “Serious Jibber-Jabber” and revealed a very awesome trivia about himself. Apparently 22 years ago, Apatow wrote an episode for the show “The Simpsons,” a show that Conan was one of its writers during its early days: After…

  • Shia LaBeouf is really really excited to see Bill Nye The Science Guy

    Actor Shia LaBeouf and television science hero Bill Nye the Science Guy met at the SET Awards (Science, Engineering and Technology) in Beverly Hills (LaBeouf was presenting the legacy award to Michael Bay). LaBeouf, who videotaped the meeting, could not believe he is next to Nye and said  “Yo, I grew up with you. This is crazy.”…

  • Between rockets and sirens, Israelis find time to laugh

    Hundred of rockets are launched from Gaza and aimed at the cities of Israel from Sderot to Tel Aviv, and what do they Israelis do? Laugh about it, obviously.
    Like most Jews, humor seems to be the best medicine to the surreal situation, especially when the rocket threat has finally made it to the Tel Aviv on its bloggers and Internet geeks.
    Here are some of the best Internet reactions to operation “Pillar of Defense”
    Ahmed Jabari
    The recent round of violence took a huge turn when Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas’ “Chief of Staff.”
    If he had a Facebook, this is how it would look like:

  • Kim Kardashian probably regrets tweeting about the Middle East

    Reality star Kim Kardashian learned pretty fast that sometime it is just better to stay away from conflicts. On Friday, KimK tweeted a message of support to the people of Israel: Not surprisingly, the tweet upset many of her pro-Palestinian followers. Some of the replies she recieved included comments like: “Kill yourself!,’” “Die in HELL!,”…

  • These adorable Israeli kittens will help you keep your mind off things

    Yeah, there is bad situation going on in Gaza, Southern Israel and even Tel Aviv and its suburbs. Luckily, we came across this adorable photo of kittens in Jerusalem via Marta’s Tumblr, and who can really worry about a possibility of yet another round of fighting in the Middle East when you have such adorable…