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Not a bad Oscar night for Jews

By  Tom Tugend

March 3, 2014 | 12:16 am

From left: Director Spike Jonze hugs director David O. Russell at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood on March 2. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Reuters

After some fairly lean Oscar years, full or partial Members of the Tribe scored well at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday evening, though mainly in the less glamorous, behind-the-scenes... read on

  • AIPAC vs. Obama Administration, 2014 edition

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 2, 2014 | 7:55 pm

    If it seemed, from the tepid reaction given by the activists attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Sunday, March 2, that Lew, a long-time defender of Israel and veteran of multiple administrations, was... read on

  • Expecting “headwinds,” AIPAC sets Iran as agenda for its activists

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 2, 2014 | 9:17 am

    The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which began its annual policy conference on Sunday morning in Washington, D.C., will lobby Senators and Congressional representatives this week to increase the pressure on Iran.

    But considering that some Senators backing a... read on

  • A big Jewish pianist with unremarkable hands

    February 28, 2014 | 10:44 am

    When Jonathan Biss went to Carnegie Hall for a rehearsal late last month, ahead of his 12th performance there, he discovered that backstage had been renovated. Initially he couldn’t find his way. Then, after reorienting himself, he stepped into the hall—the most prestigious venue... read on

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  • Ramis was a filmmaker with a questioning soul

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    Despite his Jewish upbringing, Harold Ramis, who died today at the age of 69, was not the most Jewish of comedy filmmakers.

    Ramis, who was born in 1944 in Chicago, has said that he was not a practicing Jew. In a 2009 interview with Vanity Fair, he summed up his views as such:

    ... read on
  • Harold Ramis, dead at 69

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The Chicago Tribue has reported that Harold Ramis died at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday.

    The cause of death was "complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels," the Tribune said. 

    He was 69-years-old.

    Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, provided the cause and time of the comedy filmmaker's death, the newspaper reports.

  • Survivor, 110, dies as film on her life vies for Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2014 | 1:05 am

    Alice Herz-Sommer, at 110 the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died Sunday (2/23) in London, after starring in a documentary on her life up for a possible Oscar win on March 2.

    Her death in a London hospital after a brief illness was confirmed by her grandson, Ariel Sommer, who... read on

  • L.A. Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander splits $1 million prize

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    UPDATE [Feb. 21, 11 a.m.]: The Dan David Prize will be presented to Friedlander during a ceremony at Tel Aviv University on May 18.

    UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a $1 million award with Polish... read on

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