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Award-winning documentary film director and writer Richard Trank in Eastern Europe with his crew on the set of “Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres” by Moriah Films, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to be released on July 13 on Netflix. Credit: Moriah Films.

Netflix film on Shimon Peres spotlights political, emotional resilience

By Carin M. Smilk, JNSPublished July 12, 2022

(JNS) -- A children’s book by Ruth Krauss called The Carrot Seed, first published in 1945, is a little read that packs a big punch. In it, the main character, a little boy who doesn’t even have a name, plants a seed in the ground amid a cast of naysayers....

Hila Saada and Michael Aloni as Rosa and Gabriel Armoza in “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.” Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.

Does Netflix’s ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ with Michael Aloni, live up to the hype?

Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished May 18, 2022

(JNS) When Michael Aloni’s agent told him about “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem,” he was a bit confused. “Since when is there a beauty pageant in Jerusalem?” Aloni recalled asking at the time, at an event last week at Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker...

Julie Garners newest is surging, Tinder Swindler is a must watch

Julie Garner’s newest is surging, “Tinder Swindler” is a must watch

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished February 21, 2022

As the Jewish entertainment community adores Rachael Brosnahan reprising her role on the acclaimed "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" with a new fourth season, there are plenty of other movies and television shows out there to explore this weekend. Maybe a few...

How  the Tinder Swindler is manipulating the media for political gain

How the “Tinder Swindler” is manipulating the media for political gain

Aviya Kushner, The ForwardPublished February 16, 2022

This story was originally published on Feb. 15. by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning. I didn’t expect the story of a con man bilking young women on a dating site for ginormous amounts...

Jewish actress kicks off career rebirth with I Want You Back

Jewish actress kicks off career rebirth with ‘I Want You Back’

By Dan Buffa and Jordan Palmer, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 14, 2022

Jenny Slate is the Jewish actress whose voice you know better than her actual physical appearance, something that is changing starting with her new movie this weekend on Amazon Prime. Before the premiere of "I Want You Back," exclusively for the streaming...

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Netflix’s ‘My Unorthodox Life’ spurred ultra-Orthodox Jewish women to talk publicly about their lives

Jessica Roda and Alexandra StankovichPublished September 7, 2021

Over the past four years, Netflix has released several shows related to people leaving the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. These shows include “One of Us,” “Unorthodox” and most recently the reality TV show “My Unorthodox Life.” Each time,...

THE CHAIR (L to R) JAY DUPLASS as BILL in episode 103 of THE CHAIR Cr. ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2021

In Netflix’s latest, a Nazi salute sets off the season’s best comedy

PJ Grisar, ForwardPublished August 22, 2021

Netflix’s best new comedy ends its first episode with a Nazi salute. In the fictional mini Ivy, Pembroke University, a popular professor, Bill Dobson, strides into his packed classroom. He writes “Absurdism” on the board and, right above it,...

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What’s so Jewish about Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’?

A.R. VISH, SPECIAL FROM ALMAPublished May 6, 2021

This story originally appeared on Alma.com “Shadow and Bone,” the latest sprawling, book-to-film fantasy adaptation to hit Netflix, is a lot of things. It is epic! It is swoony! It is twisty! It has a goat! It is also distinctly Jewish, though...

A 1998 Spielberg-produced Holocaust documentary will be streamed on Netflix

Shira HanauPublished April 23, 2021

(JTA) — An Oscar-winning documentary about the experience of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust that was produced by Steven Spielberg will be made available for streaming on Netflix. “The Last Days” will be remastered from the original 35 mm...

A screenshot from the Blackspace trailer. (YouTube)

Netflix acquires Israeli show about a school shooting

GABE FRIEDMANPublished April 23, 2021

(JTA) — Netflix acquired “Blackspace,” an eight-part Israeli thriller series about a school shooting carried out by masked figures, it was announced Thursday. The show follows police as they investigate the death of four students, according...

Cobra Kai

7 things to know about ‘Cobra Kai’ before you binge the Netflix series

Dan Buffa Published February 4, 2021

No one asked for another "Karate Kid" sequel. Honestly. Nearly twenty years after the third and final film ended ("Karate Kid 3" scored a 15% on Rotten Tomatoes), creator Josh Heald introduced "Cobra Kai" to the world. But this chapter picked up with...

Lenox Hill, a Netflix documentary, follows four physicians as they balance their personal and professional lives.  The series was filmed prior to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Netflix documentary follows docs at legendary hospital

By Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 4, 2020

Stars of David — Jewish CelebritiesNew offerings and more In 1989, Betty Broderick entered the home of her ex-husband, Dr. Dan Broderick, and shot and killed Dan and his wife, Linda, in their bed. Broderick, the mother of Dan’s two children, claimed...

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