Monday, March 27, 2017
JTA did some digging and picked out some of the unexpected Jewish tidbits from among the nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards.
Leah Adler, the mother of director Steven Spielberg and a well-known restaurateur, has died. Adler, also a former concert pianist and accomplished painter, died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 97.
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, reportedly is being traded from the Sacramento Kinds to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Comedians from nearly 20 countries — including Israel — have been poking fun at Trump’s “America First” slogan by producing videos arguing why their countries should come in second place.
The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways.
“Joe’s Violin,” is up for an award for short documentary — a category typically ignored by viewers more interested in what Emma Stone is wearing. It’s a 24-minute, five-handkerchief weeper; a joyous paean to the human spirit and a testimony of how simple acts of kindness can have important and far-reaching implications.
This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” had a lot of Jewish content - a mention of Ivanka and Jared’s Shabbat observance, poking fun of Sean Spicer’s defense of a Holocaust statement that did not mention Jews, and Trump's new memoir "My Struggle".
Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won bronze in the women’s 63-kg judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.
American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman won her third medal of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday — a silver in the floor exercise.
Hundreds of fans showed up at Ben Gurion Airport to welcome home Israel’s Olympic medal-winning judokas.

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