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Ken Burns Trains Camera On Holocaust Heroism

Documentarian helps tell little-known story of Unitarian couple who risked their own lives to save others.

09/07/2016 - 08:52
Staff Writer

Ken Burns’ elegantly paced and photographed documentaries have sketched the contours of the American soul: the freedom/slavery contradiction of Thomas Jefferson; the North/South divide in the Civil War; the individual/collective tension that animates jazz; and the pastoral/urban drama of baseball.

Ken Burns, right, and co-director and producer Artemis Joukowsky discuss the new documentary recently in Los Angeles.

At Church In Detroit, Donald Trump Dons Jewish Prayer Shawl

09/05/2016 - 11:10

Donald Trump was gifted a traditional Jewish prayer shawl by a pastor during a visit to a black church in Detroit.

Donald Trump receiving a tallit from Bishop Wayne Jackson of the Great Faith Ministries in Detroit, Sept. 3, 2016. JTA

From Matzo Balls To Footballs, Two Jewish Brothers Recall Their Journey To The NFL

09/02/2016 - 12:07
JTA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (JTA) – At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture.

Geoff, left, and Mitch Schwartz are the first pair of Jewish brothers to play in the NFL since 1923. JTA

Trump, Clinton Campaigns Redouble On Tough Iran Posture After Report Of Exemptions

09/02/2016 - 12:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report that alleges that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement.

Hundreds of people protesting against the Iran nuclear deal on July 26, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Peter Duke)

Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor Donates $1M To US Holocaust Museum

09/01/2016 - 11:12

(JTA) — The last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials has donated $1 million to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington D.C.

Former Nuremberg trials prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz standing in the courtroom, 2012. Adam Jones/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Mel Brooks Opens Up About 'Dear Friend' Gene Wilder

The celebrated filmmaker, who collaborated with Wilder on several projects, eulogizes him on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show

08/31/2016 - 15:24
Editorial Intern

Mel Brooks, the Jewish entertainment polymath with a career spanning over six decades, paid homage to his friend and collaborator in an interview on the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday evening. In the interview, an emotional Brooks admitted that he knew Wilder was ill, and that he was “expecting him to go” but said “when it happens it’s still [...] a big shock.” He said he was “still reeling, there’s no more Gene, I can’t call him.”

Mel Brooks and Jimmy Fallon reminisce about Gene Wilders. Screenshot.

Why Do Florida’s Orthodox Jews Support Trump? Because They Fear Clinton

08/31/2016 - 12:24
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!”

Donald Trump at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 3, 2016. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Fends Off Primary Challenger

08/31/2016 - 12:13

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., fended off a primary challenger and is likely to return to Congress, salvaging her political career after her ouster as leader of the Democratic Party.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz sitting for an interview before the first Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. JTA

‘Change’ Vote? Not For Jews In Sunshine State

Tone of Trump’s campaign is a turnoff, new Florida poll suggests.

08/30/2016 - 23:46
Staff Writer

A whopping 75 percent of Florida’s Jews disagree with Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, fully 72 percent believe he may be anti-Semitic and a “threat to Jews,” and 70 percent believe he may be racist.

Hillary Clinton campaigning in South Florida with Florida Rep. Getty Images

Gene Wilder, In Black And White

In ‘Blazing Saddles,’ the comic actor helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance.

08/30/2016 - 12:48
JTA

Last year I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks’ 1974 Western parody “Blazing Saddles.” In the onstage interview that followed, Brooks, then 89, was beside himself in his delight at sharing his 42-year-old comedy with a real live audience.

Gene Wilder, right, in a scene with Cleavon Little from the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles.” Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images
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