Eleanor Goldberg


Take the Train to the Pogo Stick...

By Eleanor Goldberg

Take the Train to the Pogo Stick...
Since April 19, 26-year-old filmmaker Boaz Frankel has been traveling across the United States, equipped with all the road-trip essentials — iPhone, camera, backpack and a list of contacts.Read More


A Cohen by Any Other Faith...

By Eleanor Goldberg

A Cohen by Any Other Faith...
It seems that a person no longer needs to be a direct descendant of Aaron in order to be called Cohen.Read More


Lainie Kazan’s ‘Oy Vey’ Moment

By Eleanor Goldberg

Lainie Kazan’s ‘Oy Vey’ Moment
Evegny Afineevsky’s forthcoming film, “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!” may tell the story of a mother and father’s struggle to accept that their son will never marry a nice Jewish girl, but the Israeli-born director insists that the movie is neither gay nor Jewish. “It’s about the clash of generations, and parents trying to understand their children,” Afineevsky told The Shmooze. “Sure, the parents are living and doing modern things, but at same time, they are a couple of generations back.”Read More


Lainie Kazan's 'Oy Vey' Moment

By Eleanor Goldberg

Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky’s “Oy Vey, My Son Is Gay,” slated to be released this fall, offers the exact story line that the title suggests: overbearing Jewish mother from Long Island (Lainie Kazan) hurls eligible Jewish bachelorettes at her nice, but (no-so-secretly) gay son, Nelson (John Lloyd Young). But Nelson is already in a relationship — with his live-in boyfriend, Angelo (Jai Rodriguez of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”).Read More


Israel’s ‘Kosher’ Swine Flu

By Eleanor Goldberg

Just in case you were worried that a terrible virus linked to pigs would whet people’s appetite for pork, Israel’s deputy health minister has renamed the swine flu. He’s calling it the Mexico flu.Read More






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