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  • Steinberg’s ‘Quality Balls’

    January 31, 2014 | 10:31 am

    “I would have been a lousy rabbi,” confided David Steinberg, candidly reflecting on what would have happened if he’d continued his yeshiva studies and followed in his father’s footsteps. The rabbinate’s loss is comedy’s gain, and Steinberg has 50 years of memories to show for it —...

  • Watch: Lou Reed doing his part at a seder

    October 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Legendary Jewish rocker Lou Reed passed away this weekend at age 71, and since the news broke there has been a flurry of digital tributes.

    Among them are Tweets from Jewish stars like Bette Midler, Richard Lewis and Judd Apatow, a piece about how the  musician influenced one...

  • Bette Midler sings to dying fan over the phone (VIDEO)

    June 27, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    Hope you have a tissue handy.

    In this heartbreakingly sweet video, Bette Midler makes a special phone call to superfan Anna Greenberg, who is dying in the hospital with cancer. Midler thanks Greenberg for her support and praises her for her courage. "You're such an angel," Midler...

  • Bette Midler: The Divine Miss Bubbe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 12, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Who is Bette Midler? There’s her onstage alter ego, The Divine Miss M, the brash and bawdy chanteuse with risqué sequin-clad décolletage she invented back in the 1970s at Manhattan’s Continental Baths gay spa. And the hilariously over-the-top characters she’s played in such films...

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  • Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler to headline Philly museum’s opening bash

    September 21, 2010 | 3:05 pm

    Two of the country’s most famous Jewish performers will highlight the opening of one of the most ambitious Jewish museum projects in years.

    Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline a Nov. 13 gala to celebrate the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum...

  • When Crystal met Spielberg; A rabbi, a reverend and a pastor walk into a shul

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Spielberg's Shoah Foundation Shines

    When Billy Crystal met Steven Spielberg at the Oct. 22 Shoah Foundation dinner, the comedian had a beef with the filmmaker.

    Why, asked Crystal, was there never a part for him in a Spielberg movie? Couldn't he have changed the title of "Jaws" to...

  • Brooks Arthur brings stars’ hearts and humor to ‘Jewish Songbook’ CD

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2008 | 10:27 pm

    The decor in Brooks Arthur's office chronicles what Billboard calls his "career as a behind the scenes superstar of the record industry."

    One photograph depicts Carole King hugging Arthur while working with him after her LP "Tapestry" hit in the 1970s. Nearby is a picture of Bruce...

  • It’s the Swan Song for Hatikvah Music

    By Kirk Silsbee

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent afternoon, boxes were scattered around the floor of Hatikvah Music International on Fairfax Avenue. Stacks of CDs, piles of mailing envelopes and piles of boxes to be mailed threatened the barely discernible order of the store. Aside from owner Simon Rutberg and his...

  • Too Jewish? No Way!

    By Ellen Sandler

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the reasons, perhaps the reason, Bette Midler has been a very big star for a very long time is her enormous gift to let us in on who she is, and that includes being Jewish, with no apologies. That's pretty unusual for TV, but was there ever any pressure to tone down the...