Jewish Journal

Helen Mirren to Play Mossad Spy

By Tom Tugend

March 2, 2009 | 12:54 pm

Helen Mirren

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

  • Economy forces cuts on Shabbat dinners at USC Hillel

    By Adam Wills

    February 23, 2009 | 5:53 pm

    USC Hillel is canceling some of its Shabbat dinners, scaling back a weekly barbecue event and looking at other ways to reduce expenses in response to growing budget pressure due to the recession.

    “We don’t see it getting better economically in the near future. We’re being... read on

  • Shahar Peer, Dubai, and WTA’s Gutless Choice

    By Rob Eshman

    February 17, 2009 | 5:10 am

    Whether as an individual or a group, you get a handful of chances to
    stand for something in this life.  It’s easy to say or write what you
    believe, a lot harder to stick by it in the crunch.  When the
    government of Dubai denied Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer a visa to
    play in the... read on

  • YULA Panthers forfeited two games over Oakwood girl

    By Adam Wills

    February 16, 2009 | 3:14 pm

    YULA (Yeshiva of Los Angeles) boys school’s basketball team forfeited two games this season against Oakwood rather than face the North Hollywood prep school’s lineup—which features a pink-haired punk rock girl. The forfeitures, which have been upheld by the CIF Liberty League, have... read on

  • Demolition threatens Shanghai’s Jewish ghetto

    By Adam Wills

    February 11, 2009 | 2:03 pm

    Several buildings in Shanghai’s historic Jewish quarter, known as Little Vienna, are being marked for demolition as part of a road-widening project, NPR reports. The area, once a safe haven for 20,000 Jews feeling Nazism in the 1930s and 1940s, is once again yielding its Eastern... read on

  • CAJE, Woodstock gen Jewish educational group, is closing its doors

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 10, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    CAJE, the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, will close its doors at the end of this month, a victim of the economic downturn that is reshaping Jewish organizational life.

    CAJE attracted thousands of educators every year to its conference, where Jewish educators,... read on

  • Jewish Community Library Director Resigns Amid Merger Talks

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 10, 2009 | 5:42 pm

    With a possible merger between the Jewish Community Library and the library at the American Jewish University on the horizon, Abigail Yasgur resigned from her post as director of the community library.

    Yasgur, who has held her position for 12 years, says she did not want to shepherd... read on

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