Jewish Journal

Saul Austerlitz

  • Films: Documentary captures young Orthodox boxer’s journey

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The trailer

    The era of Jewish boxers -- tough guys from the ghettos, like Benny Leonard and Barney Ross -- is over. For that matter, the era of boxing itself, once king of all American sports, has passed, as well. In that regard, Dmitriy Salita is doubly a throwback, being both...

  • Nextbook cuts wide swath in Jewish cultural world—from dot-org to real life

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just four years ago, Nextbook got its start as an organization committed to promoting public library programs dedicated to Jewish topics. In short order, the ever-evolving nonprofit has conquered a swath of territory in the contested realm of Jewish arts and ideas, steadily...
  • March Madness means April Angst: Pesach vs. NCAA

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This year, and not for the first time, my celebration of a major American holiday will be stymied by my celebration of a major Jewish holiday.

    Monday night, April 2, I will be at my parents' table for the first night of Passover. At the same time, I will not be in front of the...

  • Israel’s cross-dressing ‘Dolls’ cut out for more

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Tomer Heymann's new documentary, "Paper Dolls," viewers are introduced to a group of transvestite Filipino workers in Tel Aviv, who perform in a cross-dressing group called the Paper Dolls. But the real cross-dresser here may be Heymann, who garbs his film in one set of clothing,...
  • Eran Plays With Hot Topics in ‘Sandbox’

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "God's Sandbox," the latest Israeli film to tackle women's issues, depends in large part on the mystery and romance of the desert for its effect. This is evident from its very first moments, when a car, driving slowly along a winding desert road, stops at what appears to be no...