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  • Could Gal Gadot become the biggest Israeli superstar ever?

    (JTA) — Try to think of the most famous Israelis in history. Not necessarily the most consequential or “important” ones — like any number of Nobel Prize winners or behind-the-scenes Middle East peace deal negotiators — but those who are most universally recognizable. Most lists would likely include a pioneering role model (Golda Meir), a…

  • Israel will host international lacrosse championships in 2018

    (JTA) — Israel will host the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse’s 2018 Men’s Championships. The announcement on Tuesday marks the first time since the competition launched in 1967 that a country other than the United States, Canada, England or Australia will host the tournament. Israel’s national lacrosse team placed second in the 2016 European championships…

  • Is Meghan Markle Jewish? The internet is confused.

    (JTA) — Is Meghan Markle, an American actress and the girlfriend of the British royal Prince Harry, a member of the tribe? Stories in publications across the United States and United Kingdom have prompted the question. An article in the British tabloid Daily Express claims that Markle’s father is Jewish; Vanity Fair, Elle UK, Tablet and many…

  • Bob Dylan’s visionary life, explained (in a video for his 76th birthday)

    (JTA) — Bob Dylan, who turns 76 on Wednesday, added another honor to his legendary résumé in his 75th year: the Nobel Prize in Literature. Of course, the singer nicknamed The Bard has always endeavored to be more than just a musician. Watch the video above and relive some other big Dylan milestones.

  • Drake breaks record with 13 honors at Billboard Music Awards

    (JTA) — Drake continued his record-breaking ways, taking home 13 honors at the Billboard Music Awards, including as top artist. The Jewish rapper also won as top male artist, top Billboard 200 artist and top rap artist on Sunday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the way to snapping the Billboard awards mark…

  • This Israeli film about Orthodox Jews is a surprise hit overseas

    (JTA) — It’s safe to call the Israeli film “The Women’s Balcony” the opposite of a Hollywood blockbuster. The movie, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, is a sensitive, slice-of-life story that focuses on the rift caused in a modern Orthodox community in Jerusalem when a Hasidic rabbi offers to fill in for the congregation’s leader, who…

  • Kevin Pillar suspended by Blue Jays for homophobic slur

    (JTA) — The Toronto Blue Jays suspended their center fielder Kevin Pillar for two games after he hurled an anti-gay slur at an opposing pitcher. Pillar used the slur against Jason Motte of the Atlanta Braves during a game Wednesday night when he thought the pitcher tried to “quickpitch” him — throw a pitch before…

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged to deport former Nazi guard living in New York City

    (JTA) — A New York congressman has asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to deport a former Nazi guard living in New York City. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a Democrat, sent Tillerson a letter on Tuesday urging him to deport Jakiw Palij, 92, of Queens, who was a guard at the Trawniki concentration camp in occupied…

  • Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler met US ambassador David Friedman at the Western Wall

    (JTA) — Just another day at the Western Wall. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, who is in Israel to play a concert, ran into the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, at the holy site on Monday. The grizzled rocker and the white-haired diplomat were quite the odd couple, making for an interesting photo op….

  • Robert De Niro’s Jewish roles: A very short list

    (JTA) — Yeah, I’m talking to you, De Niro. What’s with your short list of Jewish roles? Of course, Robert De Niro is not Jewish. The two-time Academy Award-winner is best known for mining his own Italian heritage for many of his iconic characters — from boxer Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull” to mafioso Vito…