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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Was the gangster Meyer Lansky a mensch?

Shelley Sackett, The Jewish Experience May 24, 2022

(The Jewish Experience) -- When Jonathan Lang set out to write a graphic novel about the notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky, he was determined to capture the mobster's life in all its moral complexity. The result is 2019's "Meyer," for which...

A fair case for ‘The Staircase?’

A fair case for ‘The Staircase?’

Alan Zeitlin, JNS May 24, 2022

(JNS) David Rudolf is one of the most heralded defense attorneys in America with numerous awards. More importantly, he says, is that he has helped fight for innocent people and tried to make sure that everyone gets a fair trial. “That’s a central...

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

‘Maisel’ is filming an Israel scene, looking for Jewish extras

May 24, 2022

Season four of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was just as Jewy as the ones that came before it — with bar mitzvah scenes, lots of Yiddishisms, Jewish foods and contemplations about the existence of God. The Amazon Prime show about a Jewish standup...

A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

A Rothschild who debunks conspiracy theories for a living is writing the book about Jewish space lasers

Asaf Shalev, JTA May 23, 2022

(JTA) — To a conspiracy theorist, last week seemed to offer evidence that the Rothschild family is plotting to undermine Elon Musk. It started when the Tesla tycoon bashed the Democratic Party and said in a tweet that he would switch to voting Republican....

A powerful award-winning documentary takes on interfaith marriage

A powerful award-winning documentary takes on interfaith marriage

Carol Ungar, Kveller May 23, 2022

Seven years ago, Becky Tahel was a typical millennial creative, working round the clock to grow a career as an actor, writer and content creator. Making it in Hollywood is notoriously difficult but Tahel was on the high road to success; she’d scored...

Neil Lane, the official jeweler of ‘The Bachelor,’ is designing luxury ketubahs

Neil Lane, the official jeweler of ‘The Bachelor,’ is designing luxury ketubahs

May 23, 2022

(JTA) — Jeweler Neil Lane’s name can conjure many things: celebrity wedding rings, for the likes of Madonna, Rihanna and Penelope Cruz. “The Bachelor,” the reality dating show for which he designs the end-of-season rings. Those ubiquitous Kay...

Free showing of award winning film, Petit Rat, Friday on Nine PBS

Free showing of award winning film, “Petit Rat,” Friday on Nine PBS

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 23, 2022

In 1940, a French Jewish girl's dream of becoming a ballerina is cut short by World War II. She vows that if she has daughters, they will become dancers. Nearly 80 years later, she and her two daughters confront the impact of that pledge. That is the...

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

The ‘queer, disabled’ Zionist who challenged the conventions of Israel’s founders

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTA May 22, 2022

(JTA) — It’s hard to find a poster promoting early 20th-century Zionism that doesn’t depict a tanned, chiseled man toting a shovel or a gun. The posters were visual reinforcement of the “Muscle Jewry” valued by Max Nordau and other early Zionist...

Netflix releases Israeli period drama ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

Netflix releases Israeli period drama ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

May 20, 2022

(JTA) — As of today, Netflix viewers can watch “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem,” a period drama that follows a family of Spanish Sephardic Jews living in Jerusalem through different decades of the early 20th century. The first 10 episodes were made...

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

A new podcast chronicles the little-known stories of boxers from the Holocaust era

May 20, 2022

(JTA) — In the early 1930s, Victor Perez was on top of the world. The Tunisian Jewish boxer, who fought under the ring name “Young Perez,” became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932 after moving from Tunis to Paris. He became a bonafide...

New partnership bringing renowned authors to the J

New partnership bringing renowned authors to the J

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer May 19, 2022

Book lovers and those who fully appreciate the craft of book writing are in for a treat, as a new partnership between the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, will keep the Library's author series going, during the construction...

Understanding Bob Dylan’s bohemian Zionism

Understanding Bob Dylan’s bohemian Zionism

Blake Flayton, JNS May 18, 2022

(Jewish Journal via JNS) This week, we celebrate the 80th birthday of Robert Allen Zimmerman, one of America’s most celebrated singer-songwriters. Many American Jews know that Zimmerman went on to change his name to Bob Dylan in a bid for palatability...

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