George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.


Date of Rolling Stones Israel concert revealed

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2014

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Israel on 10 June, according to a report on Israel Radio.

The Stones will appear at Ramat Gan Stadium for a single performance only as part of their "14 on Fire" world tour.


Maya Beiser: ‘Goddess’ finds herself drawn to the afterlife

By Jessica Duchen, February 6, 2014

The New Yorker once described Maya Beiser as a “cello goddess”, delighting the Israeli-born player so much that she adopted the phrase as her Twitter name. Now living in New York, she has forged a distinctive career path, making it her mission to transform the nature, perception and audience of cutting-edge contemporary music.


Troy is big in magic circles, now catch him on TV

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Troy is being touted as the next big thing in magic. His tattoos, urban swag, gold watch and collection of bright snapback caps distinguish this Magic Circle member from the more traditional practitioners of his craft. He has even been known to pull a rabbit out of a snapback.


Roger Waters attacks Scarlett Johansson over quitting Oxfam

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2014

Roger Waters has written an open letter to Scarlett Johansson accusing her of "undeniably not paying attention" to Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd singer criticised the actress over her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream instead of continuing her work with the charity Oxfam.


Mrs Cohen's diary: Scarlett sticks with Sodastream - I told her to do that

By Mrs Cohen, January 31, 2014

* I am not one for early mornings so I was a little put out when the phone went at ridiculous o’clock a few days ago. Sodastream are panicking about my friend Scarlett. She is appearing in a Sodastream advert but is also associated with Oxfam, which wants her to cut links with the company because its factory is a tiny bit the other side of the Green Line.


Holocaust survivor film nominated for Oscar

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2014

A film about the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor has been nominated for an Oscar in the best documentary short category.

The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life follows the journey of 109-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, a London-based pianist, as she returns to the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


Shia LaBeouf in London pub brawl

By Rosa Doherty, January 17, 2014

A video has emerged, showing Jewish film star Shia LaBeouf, hitting a man in a bar in South London.

The 27 year old actor was involved in a brawl with a drinker at the Hobgoblin pub in New Cross, over remarks a bout the mother of the the actor's girlfriend.


X-Factor Diary: I lost the final, but found a family

January 17, 2014

“Monday night was the grand final. We came in fourth — but, honestly, we were just so happy we made it that far. Having been in the bottom two three times in a row, we felt like we had already defied the odds to get there.