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  • Jewish king of comedy Sid Caesar turns 89

    Legendary Jewish comedian Sid Caesar turns eighty-nine years old today. Ten years ago on his birthday, Mr. Caesar made a guest appearance on the improv comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" hosted by Drew Carey, where he wowed the audience with his linguistic prowess — and showed that he’s still plenty funny. Video after the… More ▸

  • Oscar-nominated JTA president would’ve turned 100 today

    Hey Google doodle — you missed one. Today is the one-hundredth birthday of Eleazar Lipsky, lawyer, Broadway-produced playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and former JTA president. Lipsky, son of Zionist leader Louis Lipsky, died from Leukemia at age 81. My personal favorite achievement from the Lipsky era at JTA below: [[READMORE]] J.T.A. Opens New Radio Printer Circuits to Latin American Lands… More ▸

  • JDC legend Ralph Goldman still going strong at 97

    It’s rare these days to be able to wish a happy birthday to someone who is older than JTA. Today, we’re pleased to report that Ralph I. Goldman is 97 years old and still sharp as a tack. [[READMORE]] The longtime JDC executive (now emeritus) lived through our entire archive and can still recount off-hand… More ▸

  • Woody Guthrie archives gearing up for centennial

    (For full effect, play the above track while reading.) Folk musician Woody Guthrie would have turned 99 years old today. The posthumous discovery of Guthrie’s Jewish songs by his daughter, Nora — director of the elder Guthrie’s archives — eventually resulted in a 2007 Grammy Award-winning album by the Klezmatics. [[READMORE]] As explained in this… More ▸