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  • 9 must-watch TV shows about Passover

    (JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the same meal year after year, to, yes, commemorating the festival alongside beloved TV characters. The eight-day remembrance of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt starts Monday at sundown. If you’re…

  • ‘Switched at Birth’ gets an interfaith marriage dilemma just right

    (JTA) — “Switched at Birth” has broken the mold for a show that some might have dismissed as a teen drama. The series, which premiered on ABC Family (now Freeform) in 2011, is about how two families handle the discovery that their two teenage daughters, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), were…

  • 5 Jewish moments from that epic ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ episode

    (JTA) — Season one of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” hooked us with its Jewish content and relatable storylines. Now, the musical-comedy series about Rebecca Bunch (Golden Globe-winner Rachel Bloom) — a lawyer who follows her summer camp ex to West Covina, California — is in its second season. Rebecca’s finally reunited with Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III),…

  • The Jewish story behind the Broadway hit ‘Falsettos’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The opening number in the Broadway musical “Falsettos” — currently being revived on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre — is called “Four Jews in a Room Bitching.” Featuring sample lyrics like “I’m neurotic, he’s neurotic, they’re neurotic, we’re neurotic. Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch,” it immediately places the audience in the…

  • An Orthodox lesbian character — and other reasons to watch ‘Younger’

    (JTA) — TV Land’s “Younger” is a fun sitcom about Liza (Sutton Foster), a recently divorced 40-year-old mother who passes herself off as 26 after having a tough time landing a job in the publishing industry. The show — created by Darren Star, of “Sex and the City” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame — has already impressed us with…

  • How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’

    (JTA) — Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand. In 1970, the women banded together and became the first women in the media to file a lawsuit on the grounds of sex discrimination — resulting…

  • 7 Yom Kippur-themed TV shows to watch

    (JTA) — When it comes to Jewish holidays in pop culture, Hanukkah gets top billing — but that has more to do with its proximity to Christmas than its religious significance. For Jews, the main event is Yom Kippur, which starts this year at sundown Oct. 11. Until sundown the next day, Jews around the…

  • 7 reasons why ‘I Love Dick’ — and you should, too

    Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” is one of the most authentic portrayals of Judaism on television. The third season of the acclaimed series about the Pfefferman family will start streaming on Amazon on Sept. 23. Until then, however, you can watch the pilot of Soloway’s new show, “I Love Dick,” also on Amazon. This one, co-created with…

  • Getting ‘UnREAL’ with Shiri Appleby: Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero

    (JTA) — In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She’s the main character in “UnREAL,” a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world of a “The Bachelor”-type reality show called “Everlasting.” Rachel is played by Shiri Appleby, who’s best known for her lead role as Liz…

  • Q&A with ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star and creator Rachel Bloom

    The Golden Globe winner dishes on her “JAP Battle” rap, her Jewish identity and more.