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The Assimilator lies at the intersection of high and low culture. Here, the latest developments and trends in Jewish art, books, dance, film, music, media, television and theater are all assimilated into one handy pop culture blog.

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Jon Stewart Returns to Late Night TV — With Biting Takedown of Donald Trump

(JTA) — Donald Trump’s long, dark speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this Thursday left many viewers pining for some comic relief. Luckily, they got that and more with the return of a familiar Jewish voice: Jon Stewart.

Donald Trump Demands Money Back After ‘Lipstick on a Pig’ Ghostwriter Speaks Out

Mere days after Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump’s Jewish ghostwriter, broke his silence to The New Yorker about his experience writing “The Art of the Deal,” and his assessment of Trump’s character, Trump’s campaign served Schwartz with a cease-and-desist letter.

Hillary Clinton’s Chief Strategist Has a Surprisingly Theatrical Jewish Past

Something theatrical is afoot in the Jewish wing of the Democratic party. In March, we learned that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland — in case you’ve missed the breaking news, he’s still waiting for the Senate to acknowledge his existence — had tried his hand at theater reviewing while he was a student at Harvard. “Ok,” we thought, “he’ll bring some character (ha) to the court.” But now it appears a troupe is a-forming; as we recently uncovered — it turns out this news also broke in March, but hey, we were busy — Hillary Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, Joel Benenson, also has a theatrical past.

In a lengthy interview with Glenn Thrush for Politico’s “Off Message,” Benenson confessed to having dabbled, as he exited Queens College, in “a little theater company” — and not just any such company, mind you, but one that “did some avant-garde,” which I would imagine Garland might tell us is exciting.

Simcha Maven Harriette Rose Katz Honors ‘The Chosen Few’ Event Professionals

“I was a pioneer in the industry” event maven Harriette Rose Katz, president and founder of “The Chosen Few” told me during our chat following her society’s 2nd Anniversary induction event held at the The Rainbow Room. A stellar happening, it celebrated the presentation of awards to new members for “excellence and artistry, imagination and artistic skills” in an industry that makes events “memorable.”

Billionaire Son of George Soros Living Up the Bachelor Lifestyle in the Hamptons

Summertime in the Hamptons is all fun and (model-filled) games for Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire philanthropist and Democratic donor, George Soros.

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