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Jewish Version Of TED Talks Launched

05/08/2012
Editor And Publisher

At last, the Jewish community has its very own version of TED — sort of.

Novelist Dara Horn spoke on anti-Semitism at the “ELI talks” event in Atlanta.

Palestinians Search For A ‘New Star’

Arab spin on ‘American Idol’ gives performers a chance to show ‘we are not all Hamas.’

05/04/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Kfar al-Khadar, West Bank — It’s 20 minutes before show time and the young hopefuls sit together in clusters around cloth-covered tables. Some of the contestants are silent, internalizing their mood before the cameras start to roll, while others laugh and joke aloud to get their tensions out. With their hair and makeup already perfected and their carefully chosen outfits clean and pressed, there is little else to do except focus on the oversized television screen broadcasting the scene from the stage three floors below.

"New Star" contestant Hadil Rishmawi.

Same-sex Couple on Israeli ‘Dancing’ Sent Packing

11/23/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israelis voted off the first same-sex partners on "Dancing with the Stars."

The end for television sportscaster Gili Shem Tov and professional dancer Dorit Milman came on the third week of this season, the reality show's fifth on the air.

Shem Tov is a lesbian married to a woman with whom she has a son. Milman, who is not a lesbian, was not aware that she had a female partner until Shem Tov walked into the studio for their first meeting.

Actor Tom Bosley of ‘Happy Days,’ 'Fiorello' Dies

10/20/2010

(JTA) -- Actor Tom Bosley, best known as the "Happy Days" dad Howard Cunningham, has died.

Bosley died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs from heart failure due to lung cancer. He was 83.

Tony Curtis On A Mission

10/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Tony Curtis, one of the last of the great Hollywood stars, was also one of those legendary celebrities who rediscovered Jewish roots and decided to give back.

Born Bernard Herschel Schwartz in the Bronx, Tony grew up with immigrant Hungarian parents, Helen Klein and Emanuel Schwartz who was a tailor in Manhattan. Tony had Hungarian on his tongue until he went to public school.

All eyes were on Jill Vandenberg, Tony Curtis’ future wife, at Emanuel gala in 1995.  Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: The Eddie Fisher I Knew

09/26/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Every woman Eddie Fisher loved was non-Jewish, including such raving beauties as Ann-Margret, Angie Dickinson, Kim Novak, Judy Garland, Juliet Prowse and Mia Farrow among others. Every woman he married (five times) was non-Jewish except, of course, Elizabeth Taylor who converted at Temple Israel in Los Angeles before he married her.

The heartthrob of the ‘50s started out as a ten-year-old singer in his Philadelphia hometown. On the High Holidays He made $20 as the soloist with the tall white yarmulke.

Eddie Fisher in 1989. Photo by Tim Boxer

‘Can You Talk Like That With A Yarmulke On?’

06/29/2010
Editorial Intern

Jokes about JDate, Hebrew school, tefillin and “making aliyah to Florida” abounded at the 11th Annual Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest Monday night. 

More than 100 people packed the basement of the Broadway Comedy Club on the West Side for The Jewish Week-sponsored event, produced by actor and comedian Geoff Kole. 

Eric Fier took top honors at the Funniest Jewish Comedian competition this week,Michael Datikash
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