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The Original “Hollyweed” Prankster was a Jewish Art Student

By On January 10, 2017

  Earlier this week, 30-year-old Zachary Cole Fernandez was arrested for a prank that Los Angelenos woke up to on New Year’s Day: The iconic Hollywood sign that hovers over the city’s… Read More

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The Upper West Side Rabbi Who Moonlights as a Hollywood Actor

By On September 14, 2016

Maybe you saw him at synagogue discussing Maimonides. Or on the Upper West Side of New York City, ordering his favorite falafel platter. But if you have a keen eye, you could… Read More

How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Career in Comedy
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How Amy Schumer’s Bat Mitzvah Disaster Inspired Her Comedy Career

By On August 29, 2016

How Jewish is Amy Schumer? Well, for starters, the Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress and writer traces her interest in stand-up comedy to her Long Island bat mitzvah. In her new collection of… Read More

Beverly Hills: Home of the Bark Mitzvah Since 1958
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Beverly Hills: Home of the Bark Mitzvah Since 1958

By On January 21, 2016

What’s your stance on whether dogs deserve equal access to the Torah? If you don’t have one, you’re about 60 years late to the party. The first documented bark mitzvah took place… Read More

That Time Princess Leia Married Paul Simon
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That Time Princess Leia Married Paul Simon

By On December 17, 2015

  Let’s do some math. “One and one-half wandering Jews / Free to wander wherever they choose” begins the title track of Paul Simon’s album Hearts and Bones. Simon himself makes up… Read More

Christopher Guest Isn't Just Hilarious. He's a Baron.
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Christopher Guest Isn’t Just Hilarious. He’s a Baron.

By On December 8, 2015

Christopher Guest is very, very funny. Case in point, his fabulously impressive filmography, filled with ‘mockumentary’ all-stars like Best in Show, This Is Spinal Tap, and Waiting For Guffman. Directorial bona fides… Read More

When Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor Became Jewish
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When Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor Went Jewish

By On November 20, 2015

  Is a star’s embrace of Jewishness the ultimate celebrity endorsement? (See: Miley Cyrus’s Star of David getup). Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, who converted within a few years of each other… Read More

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Mazel Tov, James Franco, 37-Year-Old Bar Mitzvah Boy!

By On October 19, 2015

Miley Cyrus wore a Star of David (or did it wear her?) and a leotard that would have made your bubbe blush. The guest of honor looked decidedly uncomfortable when lifted in… Read More

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Remembering the Foul-Mouthed Jewish Agent Who Made Hollywood History

By On October 15, 2015

  What do Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen have in common? They aren’t all Jewish, but their agent was. Sue Mengers, who died four years ago… Read More

The Hilarious Making of "Wet Hot American Summer"
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The Hilarious Making of “Wet Hot American Summer”

By On August 18, 2015

    It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 15 years since David Wain and Michael Showalter created the cult-classic, Wet Hot American Summer – a campy comedy about Jewish camp life.… Read More

Bawdy and Blonde, the Outrageous Sophie Tucker
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Bawdy and Blonde, the Outrageous Sophie Tucker

By On July 6, 2015

Long before Lady Gaga was pulling down her knickers on London stages, there was a bawdy blonde breaking boundaries named Sophie Tucker. Tucker was born Sonya Kalish in 1887. Her family soon… Read More

How Jewish Actress Hedy Lamarr Paved the Way for WiFi
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How Jewish Actress Hedy Lamarr Paved the Way for Wi-Fi

By On May 1, 2015

  When one thinks of the Jewish screen siren Hedy Lamarr, images of wireless technology do not exactly come to mind. More than likely one thinks about her starring roles in Tortilla… Read More

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