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  • Veteran journalist Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You’re ‘bad for America’

    Longtime newscaster Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that he and other opinionated TV hosts are “bad for America.” The 77-year-old former “Nightline” host, born to German-Jewish parents who fled to England during the rise of the Nazis, delivered the searing dis during a segment on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” show….

  • Buy Joan Rivers’ seder plate — for only $5,000

    (JTA) — This is not a joke: A seder plate owned by the late Joan Rivers will be auctioned off after Passover this year. The Jewish comedy legend’s seder plate, made in the 1980s by Spode Judaica in the United Kingdom, will be auctioned April 24 at J. Greenstein & Co. in Cedarhurst, New York….

  • These 2 non-Jews are stars of Yiddish theater

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Veteran actor Shane Baker has performed in three productions of “God of Vengeance,” Sholem Asch‘s Yiddish classic about a brothel-owning family and their daughter’s lesbian relationship. Currently playing to sold-out audiences at New York’s Theatre at St. Clement’s Church, the play — which was first staged in 1906 — still resonates…

  • Mel Gibson now donates to Holocaust survivors

    (JTA) — Mel Gibson clearly knows he has a long road to winning back support from the Jewish community. But it seems as if he is willing to try. The movie star — known for a drunken anti-Semitic rant and promoting the idea that the Jews killed Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” —…

  • A rabbi, a priest, and a gay atheist smoke weed together — and bond over a Hebrew blessing

    (JTA) — It sounds like a too-good-to-be-true social media stunt — a rabbi, a priest, and a gay atheist smoking marijuana together, talking about spirituality, and bonding over a shared hope for peace in one eight-minute video. But digital content producers Cut have made all of that happen. The Seattle-based company’s video, uploaded to Facebook…

  • Over 150 recent anti-Semitic incidents shown on one interactive map

    (JTA) — The investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica has produced an interactive map that chronicles over 150 anti-Semitic crimes across the United States from the past few months. The graphic, which was published Wednesday, is a companion to an article ProPublica ran last week, “In an Angry and Fearful Nation, an Outbreak of Anti-Semitism,” which found evidence…

  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of heartbreaking ‘dating profile’ of her husband, dies at 51

    (JTA) — Amy Krouse Rosenthal published more than 30 works in her too-short lifetime, including a few best-selling children’s books. But she has perhaps become best known for a heart-rending essay that appeared in The New York Times last week, in which she described her husband of 26 years, Jason Rosenthal, in the form of…

  • South by Southwest 2017: 5 don’t-miss Jewish events

    (JTA) — Austin, Texas, is known for several things: authentic barbecue, hot weather, cowboys — and, increasingly each year, the ever-growing South by Southwest festival. What began as an indie music event in the late 1980s has swelled to include multiple conferences on film and technology. Last year, over 70,000 people registered to attend the nine-day…

  • A powerful Israeli video on disabilities inclusion: ‘We are here’

    (JTA) — People with disabilities want to live side by side with able-bodied people — is that so much to ask? That’s the message conveyed by a series of young Israeli adults with disabilities in a new video produced by Bizchut, the Israeli Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, and Link20, an initiative of…

  • Iranian rocker who performed in Israel: ‘I’m willing to die for peace’

    Iranian musician Shahin Najafi could be getting a new round of death threats any day now. That’s because the singer performed in Tel Aviv last Thursday with Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen in a politically charged concert. Najafi — who has lived outside his native country since 2004, when Iranian authorities threatened to imprison him…