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Israeli Film Goes Inside Haredi Love Affair

By Josh Tapper

Israeli Film Goes Inside Haredi Love Affair
It seems certain that even the most scrupulous secular observer of the contemporary ultra-Orthodox experience, anywhere on the planet, will not have been privy to the intimacy and profound declarations of feeling and affection on display in “Fill the Void,” the daring, devastating debut from female Hasidic filmmaker Rama Burshtein.Read More


Life After Duke Basketball: Jon Scheyer Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

By Josh Tapper

Life After Duke Basketball: Jon Scheyer Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv
After much speculation from those who keep tabs on domestic Jewish basketball stars (Lord knows there are few), Jon Scheyer, the former Duke University guard who guided the Blue Devils to the 2010 NCAA championship, has signed with the Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.Read More


Monday Music: Has Socalled Left the Jewish Scene?

By Josh Tapper

Monday Music: Has Socalled Left the Jewish Scene?
Maybe it was only a matter of time before Socalled, the frizzy-haired, klezmer hip-hop hipster, tried to sidestep his ever-expanding identity as a “Jewish artist.” The arbiters of Jewish cultural identity go to great lengths to rope in the eclectic and the original, and a klezmer hip-hopper is a no-brainer. But no one wants to be pigeonholed.Read More


In Remote Kyrgyzstan, Jews Secure Ties With Local Elite Amid Political Turmoil

By Josh Tapper

In Remote Kyrgyzstan, Jews Secure Ties With Local Elite Amid Political Turmoil
Josh Tapper travels to Kyrgyzstan to report on the precarious situation of the nation’s 1,500 Jewish residents, who have been the target of a series of anti-Semitic incidents during the past year.Read More






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