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Orthodox Jews in Entertainment

Maritza Rodríguez was a Colombian telenovela star, until she became Sarah Mintz, left her career and made aliyah with her Orthodox Jewish family. After converting from Catholicism to become a religious Jew, she got married to Emmy Award-winning television producer Joshua Mintz, had twin sons and moved to Miami before […]
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Introducing Jodea, an indie film written by and starring an Orthodox Jewish actress, is getting great reviews for being a fun and heartwarming Pygmalion story. When Chloe Traicos had the idea about a struggling actress who gets taken under the wing of a famous director as a bet, she only […]
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From its beginnings with great buzz two years ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, the supernatural horror film with Jewish roots known as The Vigil is finally getting released in theaters and on digital. Having been shot on location in Hasidic Brooklyn, the film follows a man who is […]
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Moshe Grunfeld is not your typical Hasidic Jew, having built his once-creative outlet into a full-time career in the realm of special effects and theatrical makeup design and photography. He grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn as a Skverer Hasid, then became close to the Munkatcher Rav in yeshiva and […]
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When Covid brought his video business to a standstill last spring, Orthodox Jewish cinematographer Elie Gabor tapped into his inner-Yosef (Joseph). As in, “The Yosef,” the one we’re currently reading about in the weekly parsha. “All of a sudden, all my shoots started dropping like flies,” Elie recalls. For the […]
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What’s your 2020 theme song? That was the talk on social media this week after Spotify released its annual year-in-review, called Spotify Unwrapped, telling each listener the one song he or she played more than any other. I didn’t need Spotify’s help.  My most-played song is the same song as […]
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What’s your 2020 theme song? That was the talk on social media this week after Spotify released its annual year-in-review, called Spotify Unwrapped, reminding each listener the one song he or she played more than any other. I didn’t need Spotify’s help.  My most-played song is the same song as […]
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Times Bares Its Anti-Hasidic Bias in Covering COVID-Era Weddings When is the religion of wedding guests worth reporting in the era of COVID-19? For the New York Times, only if it is Hasidic Jews getting married. How a South Florida Kosher Baker Became a Dairy Queen on Food Network Show […]
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“We have so much more in common as human beings, than we are different from each other… Once you see that, through the power of music especially, you can bring people together and set an example. This was one of my goals. [To] encourage being Frum and encourage sticking to […]
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“I got an opportunity to [sing the Star-Spangled Banner at MLB] baseball games [through] Universal, and coming into such a place where you see tens of thousands of people, being who I am, the way I look, to just go onto the field and singing, there’s a moment there where […]
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