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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 31, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Shiri Maimon is a singer and pop star who was discovered in the first season of the Israeli American Idol.


    Maimon (32) made her debut as a singer at the early age of ten, when she participated in a children’s song festival. She later used her larger-than-life voice to entertain...

  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Premiere Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    November 4, 2013 | 8:40 pm

    How excited are we that these ladies are back?!?!?  It is going to be a great season because these women know how to deliver, and when they don’t, we always Brandi Glanville to entertain us.  It is going to be catty, mean, funny, dark, eye rolling, oh no she didn’t, what a bitch...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

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  • Aly Raisman joining ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast

    February 26, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Aly Raisman, the Jewish gymnast who won three medals at last summer’s London Olympics, is joining the celebrity cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Raisman was among the cast revealed by “Good Morning America” on Tuesday for the show’s 16th season, which begins March 18....

  • Conversations From Twitter Part 9

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    After a couple of months off from my Twitter interviews, I am back with a new one and thrilled to introduce you all to Crystal. You may know her @CrystalGPink.  Crystal is a reality fan who uses her own name and picture, which as you know, says a lot about her.  No egg or fake name...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 19 - weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 10, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israel's Beauty and the Geek's semi-finals turned out to be more than your everyday reality show episode. The final four couples visited Turkey on a very special mission: to try and make things right between the two states. As most of you already know, things aren't going so...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 7- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2012 | 10:20 am

    • A Canadian holocaust survivor donated a million dollars’ worth of scholarships for young scientists who emigrated from Israel. 92 year-old Marcel Addams was born in Romania and survived the holocaust. Penniless, he moved to Israel, and in time, became a successful real-estate...

  • Reality Nation Wide Drama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Israel is a very small country, yet somehow has the same amount of reality shows as there are in the USA. This reality-country size ratio makes those shows the center of the public eye. EVERYBODY watches at least two reality shows, and every Israeli knows at least one reality...

  • Road Rage, Crazy People & the Perils of Watching Too Much Television

    By Ilana Angel

    September 5, 2011 | 8:19 am

    I got a message from my little sister that she was at a police station by her house, filing a report against a man who assaulted her while driving home. She was driving to the store when she saw a man run a stop sign. As he went past her and through the intersection, she honked at...

  • Keeping it Real - An Uncensored & Opinionated Blog About Reality Television

    By Ilana Angel

    May 18, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    I love reality television.  By love of course I mean I am addicted to it like a drug.  Not a recreational drug that you did in college and forgot about, but rather like heroin where you are certain if you don’t get it, or in this case watch it, your life might fall apart.  Sad and...

  • Time to come down from ‘The Hills’

    January 5, 2009 | 8:09 pm

    We live in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world and the city where everybody can feel like a celebrity. Everyone loves the glitz, luxury and the lifestyle of the city. It seems so effortless.

    "The Hills," MTV's top-rated reality show, makes the spotlight seem so...

  • Capturing the ‘Real World’ transition for Israeli teens

    By Celia Soudry

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    In 2004, fed up with overwhelmingly slanted anti-Israeli rhetoric on the Duke University campus, Maital Guttman, then 21, contemplated her International Area Studies senior thesis.

    She thought about Amitai Sawicki, her then-19-year-old cousin in Israel preparing to enter the army....

  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • ‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

    By Justin Morris

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Teenagers. The word strikes fear into the hearts of most parents and adults. I bet you get shivers down your spine as you're reading this. Though most teenagers are perceived as reckless, raucous, recalcitrant, rowdy and riotous, the truth is that for the most part, teenagers...
  • Stop the presses: Jews have Jewish names!

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 8, 2007 | 10:57 pm



    Sometimes I wish I had more time to watch TV.  

    Not really.    All the kewl video is on the Internets:

    From TMZ.COM:

    “Big Brother” Shiksa Learns Jews Have Jewish Names
    Posted Aug 8th 2007 11:59AM by TMZ Staff

    Filed under: TV

    Relations between Israel and the “Big Brother”...

  • Attention Israelis: Please stop kvetching

    By Larry Derfner

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Excerpt from Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    Click on the BIG ARROW to view.

    ::::::::::::::::::::: Security in Israel now is about as good as it gets. Suicide bombings have become a rarity; just the threat...
  • Uri Geller bends self into Israel ‘reality TV’ stardom

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is no stranger to reality TV. Knockoffs -- or shall we say adaptations -- of popular American TV talent shows, like "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," have become hits. But recently, Israel has developed its own inimitable, highly successful talent contest in which Uri...
  • And nothing but the truth

    By Marilyn Anderson

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Internet dating -- everyone does it, and everyone complains about it. Why? The guys think the girls lie, and the girls think the guys lie. And the truth is: everybody lies.

    Well, almost everybody -- not me, of course.

    It's a familiar problem that both genders complain about: the...

  • An open letter to the rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary

    By Pamela Witt

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I want to share with you an email I wrote to Chancellor Elect Eisen as well as Rabbi Joel Roth on the JTS board to support allowing gays to marry and become rabbis:

    Dear Mr. Eisen,

    I am a 46-year-old woman born and raised in Los Angeles. I am writing to ask that the Conservative...

  • Helping the Congo, person by person

    By David Brinn

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gila Garaway says that the vision for her organization, Moriah Africa, came to her as she was lying in a hospital bed in Nigeria in 2001.

    "I was there consulting on a water project, and I broke my back in a truck accident," the American-born Israeli from the community of Poriah near...

  • Trading in happy meals for real happiness

    By Rocky Salomon

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Living a life of dual identity is no simple task. On one hand, my peers and I are told to live up to the expectations of being Modern Orthodox teens, but on the other side of the spectrum we are tempted by the culture of the secular world on an everyday basis.

    How then is it remotely...

  • Dear Mr. Sensitive

    By Diane Saltzberg

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jokes survive on the Internet like Styrofoam in a landfill. Perhaps you've already read these "Actual Personal Ads in Israeli Newspapers":
    • Professor with 18 years of teaching in my behind wants American-born woman who speaks English very good.
    • 80-year-old bubbe, no assets, seeks...
  • Advice and Reality Face a Moment of Truth in Israel

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Just don't take the bus."

    As I left on a trip to Israel a couple months ago, this was the advice I got from everyone. Even then, a time of relative peace, the ersatz front-page pictures of terror-torn Israeli commuter buses surrounded by wounded people being moved to ambulances...

  • Seven-Year Switch

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We want to have everything, and we want it better, bigger and more spectacular than everyone else. Gas-guzzlers roam the roads, and our oil dependency forces us to redefine values and ideals, like democracy and freedom. In Las Vegas and Palm Springs, we must have lusciously green...

  • Dr. Freud at 150

    By Dr. Frank Heynick

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Why," Sigmund Freud once asked rhetorically, "did it [psychoanalysis] have to wait for an absolutely irreligious Jew?"

    Why indeed?

    Freud was born in Freiberg, in the Austrian empire, on May 6, 1856, 150 years ago this weekend. Three years after his birth, his family moved to Vienna....

  • Invitation to a Ritual

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My hair is starting to go. I sent out a notice to the friends who have banded together to support me since I received my cancer diagnosis:

    To: All recipients
    From: anejenzmom@aol.com
    Subject: Upfsherin

    Peter, who has been cutting my hair since 1981, will be coming over at 7 p.m....

  • Situation Improves for Argentine Jews

    By Marc B. Haefele

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jorge Telerman, 49-year-old former journalist, professor and Argentine ambassador to Cuba, wanted someday to be mayor of Buenos Aires.

    "But not this way," he told a friend recently.

    As deputy mayor, it was Telerman's fate to be promoted to that post two weeks ago, after a local...

  • Relationships 101

    By Mark Miller

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why is finding and sustaining a successful romantic relationship so difficult? I blame the American education system. It teaches us a world of information we most likely will never need unless we're either settling a bar bet, appearing on "Jeopardy" or helping our children with their...

  • ‘Gates’ Hold Key to Palestinians’ Pain

    By Gabriel Meyer

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1929, novelist Franz Werfel, during a stay in Damascus, caught sight of some maimed and famished-looking refugee children working in a carpet factory. He soon learned that they, and thousands of others like them, were survivors of the 1915 Turkish massacre of Armenians. Werfel,...

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