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  • ‘Homeland’ co-creator wants Israel to be prime spot for U.S. TV shows

    May 13, 2014 | 8:41 am

    The Israeli co-creator of hit spy thriller television series "Homeland" believes his native country should become a prime location for U.S. television shows about the Middle East and is working hard to make this happen.

    Writer-director Gideon Raff is at the helm of Fox drama...

  • ‘Homeland’ gets a South Korean adaptation

    February 20, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    South Korea is the latest country to buy the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War,” aka the original version of Showtime’s hit program “Homeland.” According to The Hollywood Reporter this particular adaptation will focus on tensions between South Korea and North Korea.

    Since...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 17, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    As you probably know, Homeland, the award winning television phenomenon, is based on an Israeli TV series named Hatufim (Prisoners of War.)
    The show, created by Gideon Raff, had two seasons and considered very successful and unique in the Israeli television scenery.In July 2010,...

  • Remembering Anne Frank, BDS, mission to space and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 23, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    A look at Israel’s most unique buildings

    Ynetnews.com turned to several leading Israeli architects and asked them to recommend specially designed building worth visiting in Israel. From the Museum of Art at Ein Harod to the Glass House in Haifa – take a glimpse at the best of the...

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  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    A moment of humor

    Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman,...

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ finale is just the beginning: surviving Sept. 29

    By Melissa Weller

    September 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    On Sept 29, 2013, TV will take a giant shit on everyone.

    Sept. 29 will host series and season premieres, one historic series finale and a rousing day of Week 4 Sunday football. This could all get very messy if not approached with skill, grace, and above all, a plan. So I’ve...

  • Must-see TV

    September 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    It’s September at last, when summer reruns and C-level realty shows cede their timeslots to returning favorites and new contenders. This fall’s offerings include Jewish connections galore, on and off camera; prolific producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are...

  • The 2013 (Jewish) Emmy nominees

    July 18, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The 2013 Emmy nominations are in!  We won’t bore you with the whole long list, but we will share this compact yet impressive group of Jewish nominees. Here goes.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

    Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

    OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

    Lena Dunham,...

  • AJU’s Geller Fest spotlights the arts

    May 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

    In a new venture into presenting the arts, American Jewish University (AJU) will hold its first-ever Geller Festival of the Arts this summer, drawing names like Joan Rivers and Gideon Raff, the Israeli creator of “Homeland.”

    Running June 16-20, the week’s four events all will be...

  • Rereading Leon Uris’ ‘Exodus’ a disquieting experience

    April 18, 2013 | 10:38 am

    In preparation for Israel’s 65th birthday, I recently reread Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus” — and found it disturbing and unsettling in many ways.

    I first read the book in 1970, around the time of my first visit to Israel, and fell in love both with the book and the country. I was...

  • Ang Lee doing TV

    April 8, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will tackle television for the first time, directing a pilot for a show written by the Israeli writer who created the popular drama "Homeland."

    Gidi Raff's pilot for "Tyrant," about an American family caught up in a Middle East country, was picked up by the FX cable channel. FX announced last month that Lee will direct the pilot this summer.

    It is Lee's first project since the "Life of Pi," Reuters reported -- Lee won the Oscar for best director.

    The Israeli TV network Keshet is collaborating on the series.

  • Obama quotes Hatikvah in Passover message

    March 27, 2013 | 10:23 am

    President Obama cited the Israeli national anthem's invocation of an ancient Jewish longing for a homeland in his Passover message.

    "Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as president," Obama said in his message reeled Monday just hours before the...

  • Dunham doubles up at Globes, Israeli docs’ double Oscar nomination, Sandler’s countless Razzies

    January 15, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards kicked off the Hollywood awards season on Sunday, and it was in television that the Jewish people stood tall -- notably Lena Dunham, the new queen and unchallenged ruler of television comedy.

    Dunham, the creator of "Girls," brought home two...

  • ‘Homeland’ scores at Golden Globes

    January 14, 2013 | 9:58 am

    "Homeland," a television drama based on an Israeli program, won for best drama at the Golden Globes Awards.

    The Showtime program, based on "Hatufim," or "Prisoners of War," also received awards for best actor, Damian Lewis, and best actress, Claire Danes, at Sunday's awards...

  • Home after Birthright

    November 28, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Moledet means “homeland” in Hebrew, and it’s no coincidence that it’s been chosen as the name of a pilot program aimed at maintaining the passion of recent Los Angeles Birthright alumni following their return home from Israel. 

    Applications for the new program, created by...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli President, Shimon Peres, welcomed the new Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors in Israel earlier this week. The Egyptian ambassador, Atef Salem, is the first ambassador sent by the new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi. At his welcoming meeting with Peres, Salem announced...

  • “Homeland,” based on Israeli series, wins best drama Emmy

    September 24, 2012 | 9:05 am

    The television drama "Homeland," which is based on the Israeli series "Hatufim," was named the year's best drama series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

    "Homeland" also won Emmys for best actress – Claire Danes, and best actor – Damian Lewis, as well as for best writing....

  • ‘Prisoners of War,’ inspiration for TV drama ‘Homeland,’ now airing on Hulu

    July 26, 2012 | 10:23 am

    The Israeli television drama “Prisoners of War,” which inspired the American TV drama “Homeland,” will be available on Hulu.com.

    “Prisoners of War,” which began airing in March 2010 and is now in its second season, centers on the lives of three Israeli soldiers who have...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 6- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 21, 2012 | 11:05 am

    • Tel-Aviv is known to be one of the Gay friendliest places on earth. The Gay pride week, which will take place in the first week of June, has a tourist arrival estimation of 20 thousand people, and the preparations are at their prime. As rainbow colored flags will decorate the...

  • Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin in Israel to film ‘Homeland’

    May 10, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    American actress Claire Danes arrived in Israel to film the second season of the popular television series “Homeland.”

    Danes and co-star Mandy Patinkin both arrived in Israel on Wednesday, and were photographed at their Tel Aviv hotel, according to reports. They are expected to...

  • At home, on stage and screen

    March 15, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Somewhere in Creede, Colo., en route to a mountain cabin in Santa Fe, N.M., Mandy Patinkin is above 10,000 feet. “If I sound stupid, it’s because there’s no oxygen up here,” he says.

    No chance of that. In fact, Patinkin — a legitimate star of stage, screen and song for...

  • How Tel Aviv became big business in Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 8, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    In December 2009, Avi Nir, the chief executive of one of Israel’s largest broadcasting and production companies, invited the Hollywood agent Rick Rosen to spend a day at Keshet’s Tel Aviv office. Nir, who has a reputation among his Hollywood counterparts for being an aggressive...

  • Claire Danes blows off steam in Tel Aviv

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 5, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    “Homeland” actress Claire Danes spent her evenings in Israel bar hopping in Tel Aviv after shooting the pilot to Showtime’s “Homeland” according to the Forward.  Danes told Conan O’Brien what a “party town” Tel Aviv is, remarking:

    “it’s very stressful...

  • Gilad Shalit and Israeli TV’s Searing ‘Prisoners of War’ [UPDATE/SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 31, 2011 | 4:48 pm

    The hit Israeli TV drama “Hatufim” (“Prisoners of War,” now available at mako.co.il) proved prescient—and controversial—recently as Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners after five years in a Hamas dungeon.  “Hatufim,”  which inspired...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Solving the riddle

    By Gina Nahai

    December 31, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    Overnight, they lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings. At nine in the morning, they were well off; by noon, they were impecunious.

    All the hard work and planning, the expensive education, the sacrifices, all the good fortune, the street smarts and common sense and old...

  • Yom Ha’Atzmaut 2007: What Israel means to me

    By Judea Pearl

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From a chapter in the book, "What Israel Means to Me: By 80 Prominent Writers, Performers, Scholars, Politicians, and Journalists," edited by Alan Dershowitz (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

    I was born in Tel Aviv, in 1936, and, quite naturally, my feelings toward Israel are suffused with...

  • Search for Similarity in Aliyah Tales

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Aliya: Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel" by Liel Leibovitz (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    When the Pilgrims were making their way to the land that would become America, Liel Leibovitz's German ancestors were moving to the Holy Land. A cultural writer for...