Watch Matt Berry in ‘Toast of London’ on Netflix, IFC. Here’s why – Los Angeles Times

| December 4, 2019

Where are you, American viewer, likely to have met the stentorian English comic actor Matt Berry, whose Toast of London comes to stateside cable Wednesday on IFC? Currently, Berry plays an English vampire on Staten Island in the FX vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows, developed by Jemaine Clement from his film of the same name, and is the voice of Prince Merkimer, man and pig, in Matt Groenings Netflix animated fantasy Disenchantment

AJC Applauds National Assembly Adoption of Antisemitism Working Definition – PRNewswire

| December 4, 2019

PARIS, Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised French National Assembly adoption today of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. Parliament's action follows on President Emmanuel Macron's call earlier this year for France to adopt the IHRA working definition

Festigal’s removal of the word, ‘freicha,’ from song sparks debate – The Jerusalem Post

| December 4, 2019

The Israeli Twitterverse and media are buzzing over the decision of Festigal organizers to remove the word, "Freicha," which means flower or blossom but is slang for "Mizrahi bimbo," from a performance of the "Freicha Song" by singer Anna Zak. In a clip of a performance by the singer/model that will be part of the upcoming Festigal holiday show, the song title has been changed to "I Feel Like Dancing" and the word "freicha" does not appear in the song, although Gil Mishali, a reporter for Reshet, wrote on Twitter that audience members at the performance could be heard calling out the "Freicha."The song was one of the late, beloved Israeli singer Ofra Haza's signature hits

The thrill of genetic genealogical discoveries should be tempered by ethical concerns – The Jewish News of Northern California

| December 4, 2019

In these times of alarming disregard for scientific data (were talking to you, climate change deniers), lets hear it for science, specifically the astonishing gains made in the field of genetics and genetic testing. Our three-part Past Lives series highlights the extraordinary resources now readily available to anyone curious about their family ancestry. Easy access to family records on the internet and the mapping of the human genome allows us to peer into our genetic past to learn more about who we are

Rare Disease Q&A: What Rare Diseases Are and Why That Matters – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

| December 4, 2019

Berkeley Lab bioscientists Nomi Harris and Chris Mungall at the Aquatic Park Office.

Geneaology ‘mavens’ go old-school to uncover Jewish past – The Jewish News of Northern California

| December 4, 2019

Final part of three-part PAST LIVES series on Jewish genealogical research.

How to Host the Best Hanukkah Feast Ever – 5280 | The Denver Magazine

| December 4, 2019

AshKara chef Daniel Asher shares his Middle Eastern-inspired recipes for latkes, lamb, doughnuts, and more. For Daniel Asher, Hanukkah is synonymous with his mothers cooking

What Is Genetic Testing? The Complete WIRED Guide – WIRED

| December 4, 2019

As these clinical tests became more common, scientists were also busy trying to drill deeper into the substance of DNA, the chemical structure of which had only been deciphered in 1953 by James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin. Over the next few decades, scientists would come to understand that its helix-shaped pattern of paired basesadenine, thymine, cytosine, and guaninefunctioned like letters, spelling out words that a cell would decode into amino acids, the building blocks of proteins

She wanted to discover her Jewish roots. She ended up finding her biological father. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| December 4, 2019

Part two of our three-part PAST LIVES series on Jewish genealogical research. Part three will be available tomorrow.