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Roger and Me

By Rob Eshman

March 16, 2009 | 1:55 pm

NYT Columnist
Roger Cohen

“New York Times columnist Roger Cohen visited my synagogue Thursday,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple on Huffington Post today. ” All day long the sparks flew and the cultures... read on

  • ‘West Wing’ Actor Ron Silver Dies at 62

    By Jay Firestone

    March 16, 2009 | 4:42 am

    From CNN.com:

    NEW YORK (CNN)—Actor and political activist Ron Silver, who played a recurring role in TV’s presidential drama “The West Wing,” and who also let his political views play out in real life, died Sunday after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer, according to a... read on

  • Israel’s Facebook Kids: ‘Unrestrained Monsters?’

    By Jay Firestone

    March 15, 2009 | 9:09 pm

    By Tamar Rotem of Haaretz.com:

    “Two weeks ago, a group of students from one of Jerusalem’s most prestigious junior high schools was called out of class, before their classmates’ stunned eyes.

    One by one, the students gathered somberly in their school library. Something in the... read on

  • Jewish Group: Long-Awaited Bashir Arrest Is a “Window of Opportunity”

    By Jay Firestone

    March 5, 2009 | 3:32 pm


    This is a statement made by Jewish World Watch president Janice Kamenir-Reznik and JWW executive director Tzivia Schwartz Getzug.

    March 4, 2009

    In an unprecedented move, judges at the International Criminal Court today issued a long-awaited arrest warrant against Sudanese... read on

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  • Jewlicious Festival 5.0 Gives Me Hope

    By Jason Lipeles

    March 4, 2009 | 2:29 am

    My adrenaline is still rushing, my heart is still pounding, and, most importantly, my mind is still racing after attending Jewlicious Festival 5.0 this past weekend.  Not only did I dance at the Saturday night concert and sing along at the 45-minute Havdallah Jam, I also discussed... read on

  • Ed Koch cites Daniel Pearl on his headstone

    By Adam Wills

    March 2, 2009 | 6:52 pm

    Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, 84, has been confronting his own mortality as of late. He’s saying goodbyes, apologizing to people and expressing regrets for some of his actions while in office. Not that he’s necessarily going to die anytime soon. He just wants to be ready.

    The... read on

  • Helen Mirren to Play Mossad Spy

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2009 | 12:54 pm

    British star Helen Mirren, regal (and an Oscar winner) in “The Queen,” is now in Israel for her next role, portraying a Mossad spy
    hunting a Nazi war criminal. Always one to immerse herself in her characters, Mirren is intensely studying Hebrew and Jewish history,  reports the London Daily Express.

    She is also hitting the books on the life and times of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and “totally immersed in the way of life over there,” reports the paper.

  • Why did “Waltz” lose?

    By Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Why did Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir,” the presumed frontrunner in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film, lose out to the Japanese film “Departures”?

    Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has one theory.

    “Given all that pre-Oscar prognostication, the awards themselves... read on

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