In 'La La Land,' Mia asks if jazz still matters. Here's 4 reasons why it does

Posted on February 12th, 2017
by Ilana Strauss for FromtheGrapevine

A renowned jazz guitarist explains how the genre brings cultures together in real time.

"La la Land," the critically acclaimed musical that set records for Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations, centers around Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who wants to open a jazz club. In the movie, he tries to teach his love interest Mia (Emma Stone) what's so amazing about jazz, even though the genre continues to wane.

But Israeli jazz musician Nadav Remez says that jazz is alive and well. Remez, who currently lives in New York and grew up in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, has performed in jazz festivals around the world. We sat down with the accomplished musician to find out how this historical music genre is adapting to modernity.

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12 Top American Comics With Nazis

Posted on February 5th, 2017
By Darren Garnick for Tablet Magazine

Nazi Gorillas, ‘Swastika Sharks,’ booby-trapped Hitler-assassinating paintings, and a hot Third Reich vixen

I had no idea who the Nazis were until the 1978 NBC miniseries Holocaust, which chronicled the fate of the German-Jewish Weiss family during World War II. I was in fourth grade, and I remember being proud of teenage son Rudy Weiss, who fought with the partisans in the forest. At the same time, my other primary education about the Nazis came from Lynda Carter, star of TV’s Wonder Woman.

Lynda Carter didn’t need tanks or B-29 bombers to defeat the Nazis. She just twirled around in different outfits and brought them to justice—every single week. Like every other 10-year-old boy, I thought Wonder Woman was hot—but kicking ass against the Nazis made her even hotter.

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‘Jewish Americana’ music gets its moment in the spotlight

Posted on January 29th, 2017
By Gabe Friedman for JTA

Saul Kaye never wanted to be a “Jewish blues” player.

In his opinion, the Jewish music he had heard growing up in Northern California’s Bay Area ranged from “really bad to horrible.”

In 2009, he was touring as a rock musician, playing hundreds of shows a year with various bands at bars and clubs. And though he had never been very religious, he experienced a bad breakup and felt the need to do something spiritually “radical.”

So Kaye decided to take a Talmud course at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel. One morning, a fellow student approached him and left him with an intriguing prophecy.

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5 Jewish Stars To Watch Out for in 2017

Posted on January 22nd, 2017
By Thea Glassman for The Forward



2017 is looking like an explosive year for talented up-and-coming actors. We pulled together five Jews who are about to hit it big, so you can say you knew them when.


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How Hank Greenberg Desegregated Baseball

Posted on January 15th, 2017
BY JARED SICHEL for Jewniverse

In 1954, one year before the debut of Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg was the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. Under Bronx-born Greenberg, the Indians had more black ballplayers than any other team. Greenberg didn’t care whether his players were white or black—just that they were good at baseball. And good they were: The Indians won the American League pennant that year.

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