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Exhibition Explores the Movement to Free Soviet Jews

The exhibition opened last week on the 30th anniversary of “Freedom Sunday,” a momentous rally that took place on December 6, 1987, the day before Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s historic summit meeting with President Ronald Reagan.

Lebanese Paper Says Gal Gadot Is a Mossad Agent

Is Gal Gadot looking for supplementary income luring Lebanese actors into her net on behalf of the Mossad?

Lithuania, Not Israel, Embraces Surrealist Shmuel Bak with Dedicated State Museum

The Samuel Bak Museum which was opened this month is a new branch of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. Bak donated more than 60 of his paintings, and plans to send many more.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld Upsets Holocaust Survivors, Families with Talk Show Remarks

"You cannot kill millions of Jews and then take in millions of their worst enemies afterwards," Lagerfeld said.

Actor Will Smith Slips in Quietly to Visit Western Wall, Jerusalem

Actor Will Smith told reporters the Western Wall is "very spiritual, very powerful" and he feels "honored to be here."
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Jerry Seinfeld Back in Israel on New Year’s Eve

Ticket sale for the general public began on Wednesday, with prices ranging from $85 to $360.

Israeli, Russian State Libraries To Digitize Collection of Rare Hebrew Manuscripts

Three generations of the Günzburg family amassed one of the largest private collections of Hebrew books and manuscripts in Europe.

‘Balfour at 100’ Exhibition Showing at the Knesset

The Jerusalem Biennale exhibition entitled Balfour at 100, featuring the artwork of three British artists, will be temporarily re-sited from its location in the Museum of Underground Prisoners into the Knesset.

George Washington Church Plaque Latest Victim of US War over Historic Statues

The parish wrote that the plaque honoring President George Washington made some people feel unsafe and unwelcome!

Ramallah Film Festival Dumps Director Who Shot in Tel Aviv

Doueiri, who is on the record as opposing boycotting Israel, has been arrested in September 2017 in Beirut.

Palestinian Authority Artists Threatened With Expulsion From Union If They Participate in Israeli Cultural...

"The General Union of Palestinian Expressionist Artists has demanded that all artists not participate in the festival as it is a normalization festival that serves the Israeli agendas."

New French Jewish UNESCO Chief: the Organization Must Change

After the vote, Azoulay said, "if my nomination is confirmed, my first action would be to restore the agency's credibility and the confidence of member states in its ability to confront the challenges that only UNESCO can face."

Honored Russian Jewish Pianist Michael Klein, 72, Dies On Stage

“Forty-five years he worked at the Philharmonic and literally till his last breath he served the music."

Avraham Fried and Family – First Time Ever on Stage Together

It’s ‘family first’ this Sukkot – with the Fried family performing at the United Hatzalah Chol HaMoed in Jerusalem

Lena Dunham Embracing Judaism through Israel’s Trailblazing Poet Amichai

"While I've learned a lot, I haven't started going to temple," Dunham notes – which we applaud, because we'd much rather see her give the ol' Orthodox shul a try.

Let’s Make a Deal Host Monty Hall Dead at 96

Monty Hall's wife since 1947, Marilyn Hall, died on June 5, 2017, in their home in Beverly Hills.

Watch Conan O’Brien Narrating 3,500 Years of Jewish History in 1 Minute

O'Brien has one advice regarding peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors: stick to caffeine-free coffee.

Israeli Film “Foxtrot” Wins First Runner Up at Venice International Film Festival

The film is controversial, dealing with the issue of a cover up when a deadly mistake is made by IDF soldiers.

Film about Jewish Polish Director Wins Best Documentary at Venice International Festival

Waszyński was a prolific film director in prewar Poland – in the 1930s he directed 37 of the 147 films made in Poland in that decade, including the Yiddish-language film Dybbuk.

Conan O’Brien Says Ziv Hospital in Tzefat Deserves Nobel Prize

O'Brien, an American TV host, comedian and producer, visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other locations around Israel doe five days to film 'Conan Without Borders.'

Hail the Chief Justice: Israelis Prove they Still Have a Sense of Humor

The court's security guards—not nearly as able in the humor dept.—reported the artistic offense to police which launched an investigation that includes forensics officers.

Watch as Conan O’Brien Dines With ‘Top Dog’ in Jerusalem

On Monday O'Brien toured around the holy city of Jerusalem. He is also expected to visit Bethlehem during his week-long stay.

Netanyahu: Conan Who?

Very cute Mr. Prime Minister, but don't give up your day job.

Billy Joel Wore a Yellow Star at Madison Square Garden

"Thank you Billy for reminding people what was ... so it may never ever be again," Joel's ex-wife, Christie Brinkley wrote.

When It Cools Down a Little, You Can’t Miss the Third Jerusalem Biennale for...

In honor of the Balfour Declaration centennial, Biennale2017 will showcase specially-commissioned works by three British artists exploring this watershed in recent Jewish history and host a special event in the Knesset.

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