About The Assimilator

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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Bernie Sanders and Larry David Are Finally Meeting — on 'SNL'

This is pretty, pretty, pretty exciting!

‘Affluenza' Teen’s Jewish Predecessors: Leopold and Loeb

(JTA) — In June 2013, Ethan Couch, an inebriated 16-year-old Texan, was speeding and driving illegally on a restricted license when he slammed into a group of people standing on the side of the road. Four died; nine were injured, including two of Couch’s passengers, who were seriously hurt.

Les Moonves, Mazel Tov To CBS New Chairman Of The Board

Elie Wiesel, Julie Chen, and Les Moonves at Friars Gala.

I first met Les Moonves — newly appointed CBS Executive Chairman — when, as then CBS CEO, he was honored by The American Theater Wing at its April 11, 2005 gala at Cipriani 42nd Street with a lineup of stars and performances by among others: Lucy Arnaz, James Earl Jones, Tommy Tune, Jessica Lange, Hank Azaria and Jerry Herman at the piano belting out his creations from “Mame” and “Hello Dolly!” ending up with a personal plea: “Promise me you’ll never go away!”

Cellin Gluck, Director Of “Persona Non Grata,” Talks About War Hero Sugihara

Caught up with director Cellin Gluck on January 31 as he was heading to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival premiere of “Persona Non Grata” — a film about Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who in 1940 issued 2139 visas for 6000 Jews including my mother and me (visa #1881).

One-Legged Woman Takes Inspirational Swim in the Israeli Snow

It was a nice, cool day at Israel’s Mount Hermon, the country’s only ski resort. The slopes were open, the ski lifts running and many Israelis were taking the opportunity to try the alpine sport. And yet this Wednesday, some skiers were greeted by quite an uncommon sight: a one-legged woman in a bathing suit, goggles and swim cap “swimming” in the fresh white snow.

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