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Curt Schleier, JTA

Elaine May stars in Ken Lonergan's 'The Waverly Gallery'

Elaine May returns to Broadway in Lonergan production

NEW YORK — On the phone earlier this month, just before  his play “The Waverly Gallery” opened on Broadway, Kenneth Lonergan sounded harried. There had been some...

Laetitia Eido, l, and Lior Raz in a scene from 'Fauda.'

‘Fauda’ depicts terrorists as ‘real human beings’

NEW YORK — Moshe Zonder noticed it quickly: “My students are completely serious. They are writing. They are doing the assignments. All of them. It’s great teaching...

Rachel Freier, center, is the protagonist of '93Queen'. (Julieta Cervantes)

’93Queen’ explores female Orthodox EMT group

NEW YORK — Like many heavily Orthodox sections of Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The...

Paul Rudd as Moe Berg

Berg went from catcher to spy

NEW YORK — It’s rare enough for a Jewish baseball player to make it to the major leagues. A New York Jew named Moe Berg took it even a step further — he added war...

Rabbi Chaplain Robert Marcus, far left, with Jewish soldiers in 1944. (Tamara Green and Roberta Marcus Leiner)

‘GI Jews’ in WW II: the anti-Semitism they faced

NEW YORK — “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WW II” begins as many Holocaust documentaries do, with a history of the rise of Hitler and Nazism in Germany mixed with...

Rob Reiner on the set of his new film, the biopic 'LBJ.' (Electric Entertainment)

Rob Reiner’s ‘LBJ’ biopic

LOS ANGELES — By his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct “LBJ,” a film biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the US....

Josh Gad, left, and Chadwick Boseman in "Marshall." (Barry Wetcher)

Film explores the story of Thurgood Marshall

LOS ANGELES — Actor Josh Gad may be best known for voicing Olaf in the animated Disney hit “Frozen” and originating the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Tony...

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve Books)

Sen. Frank de-humorizes himself

WASHINGTON — In February, 2015, Sen. Jim Inhofe carried a snowball on to the floor of the Senate to prove global warming did not exist. Everyone knows “it is very,...

Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'. (Focus Features)

Jessica Chastain stars as ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’

NEW YORK — Strong women are right in actor Jessica Chastain’s wheelhouse. There’s Maya, the fictional CIA agent in “Zero Dark Thirty,” whose work led Seal Team...

Joe Feingold and Brianna Perez in the Oscar-nominated short documentary 'Joe's Violin.'

Oscar speech? Holocaust survivor and his violin

NEW YORK — Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn’t written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx...