Singing Survivor To Perform National Anthem

89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game

04/11/2016 - 16:30
Editorial Intern

Holocaust survivor Hermina Hirsch, 89, will get to cross something off her bucket list that few people can, performing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game. Hirsch was chosen to perform after a video of her singing the anthem was posted online by her granddaughter and subsequently went viral.

Hermina Hirsch singing the national anthem in the now-viral video (Screenshot: JTA)

Jews Win Big At 2016 Oscars

Jewish filmmakers (and stars!) took home trophies at this year's Academy Awards.

02/29/2016 - 11:40
Editorial Intern

The Oscars this year had its ups and downs, from the ecstasy of Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar (and subsequently breaking the internet) to more serious discussions of race and representation in the entertainment industry and sexual violence on college campuses.

Director László Nemes holds the Oscar awarded to "Son of Saul" for Best Foreign Language Film. Getty Images

Beit Rabban Taps Ives As Head Of School

02/19/2016 - 11:01

Beit Rabban, a non-denominational pre-school and elementary Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this week announced the appointment of Stephanie Ives as head of school, effective Aug. 1.

Actor Josh Radnor is a ‘Yeshiva Bokhur’ At Heart

Day school graduate of 'How I Met Your Mother' fame says his passion for acting relates back to his Jewish roots.

02/03/2016 - 11:45
Editorial Intern

Many Jewish parents hope their children will grow up to become doctors. Actor Josh Radnor grew up to play one on TV, currently operating as Dr. Jedidiah Foster, a surgeon in PBS’ new Civil War drama series "Mercy Street."

Solving A 100-Year Mystery, Acra Fortress Unearthed In Jerusalem

Researchers verify that City of David site holds 2,000-year-old remains of stronghold used by Greeks to control the Temple Mount.

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

There is something magical about finding an actual piece history from a story one has heard since childhood. Chanukah has been celebrated every year for the past few millennia, but this week a site from the story has finally been discovered, directly tying a significant layer of Jewish history to Israel.

The Acra site holds remains of stronghold used by Greeks to control the Temple Mount. Courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

‘Big Bang’ Writer Talks About Show’s Jewish Bent — On And Off The Set

You've got Friday morning Torah sessions, Chanukah candles in a dressing room and a script sprinkled with Yidish.

10/18/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Only one of the characters in “The Big Bang Theory” is Jewish, so why does the show — like “Seinfeld” a decade earlier — feel so Jewish?

“Big Bang” writer and co-producer Eric Kaplan said that the Jewy feeling of the show is the result of both the Jewish sensibilities of its producers, who are both of the tribe, and of one of its actors, who, while not Jewish on the show, brings her Orthodox identity to the set each day.

Although Mayim Bialik, right, doesn't play an Orthodox character in the show, Amy's frumpy style is plenty modest. Via

Online, Pols Battle It Out Over Rock-Throwing Photo

Twitterstorm leads to calls for Arab-American Association to lose council funding.

10/14/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Director

A Jewish councilman and a prominent Arab-American activist got into a Twitter war over a tweet she posted commending a child’s “courage” for throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. 

A young boy toddles toward Israeli soldiers, rock in hand. Via

Israelis Leading In Google Space Competition

10/07/2015 - 20:00

A team of Israeli engineers is leading in a Google-sponsored international contest to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

Jerry Seinfeld To Make Stand-up Debut In Israel

10/07/2015 - 20:00

Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up routine to Israel for the first time.

Seinfeld, who is Jewish and lives in New York, will perform in Tel Aviv on Dec. 19, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Violence Continues In Israel With 4 Jews Stabbed In 1 Day

10/07/2015 - 20:00

An Israeli civilian was seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a mall near Tel Aviv by a man who reportedly is Palestinian.

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