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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

By Laura Sinberg

Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79
Elizabeth Taylor died this morning of congestive heart failure at age 79. The last of a generation of great screen goddesses, Taylor was most famous for her roles in “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” — the latter for which she won her second Oscar.Read More


Madonna Channels Charlie Chaplin for Purim

By Laura Sinberg

Madonna Channels Charlie Chaplin for Purim
Because sharing is caring, here’s a picture of Madonna dressed as Charlie Chaplin for Purim this weekend in New York City.Read More


Celebrity Designer Suspended After Anti-Semitic Tirade

By Laura Sinberg

Celebrity Designer Suspended After Anti-Semitic Tirade
Another day, another anti-Semitic tirade from a celebrity. This time, the culprit is John Galliano, fashion icon and (until about an hour ago) head designer of Christian Dior.Read More


Schwarzenegger Dances the 'Hora'

By Laura Sinberg

We can’t decide if this is the most awkward or hilarious thing we’ve ever seen, but check out the video below of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dancing the “Hora” yesterday with a group of Hasidic rabbis in Sacramento.Read More


Eight (Hanukkah) Questions for Jaguars Punter Adam Podlesh

By Laura Sinberg

Eight  (Hanukkah) Questions for Jaguars Punter Adam Podlesh
Menorahs are usually displayed on window sills or tabletops during Hanukkah. But Adam Podlesh, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ punter since 2007, keeps his in his locker year-round for everyone to admire. The 5-foot-11-inch, 27-year-old New York native came to the NFL with a checklist of accolades: He was first punter taken in the 2007 draft and highest drafted punter in Jaguars history. But his career hasn’t been smooth sailing — a knee injury sidelined him for the final five games of the 2008 season. Yet this Jewish athlete proved resilient. Podlesh spoke to the Forward about religion, sports and that ever-present hannukia.Read More






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