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  • Israel’s Eytan Fox puts frosting on ‘Cupcakes’

    By Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    The name Eytan Fox instantly evokes two associations. The New York-born director is one of Israel’s most accomplished filmmakers, and he is the country’s most visible and outspoken gay personality.

    Fox’s films, like “Yossi & Jagger,” “Yossi” and “Walk on Water” revolve around gay...

  • His gentle, Jewish humor is again Crystal clear in ‘700 Sundays’

    by Iris Man

    3 days ago

    After two sellout runs on Broadway — nine years apart — as well as a book and a successful world tour, actor and comic Billy Crystal brings his one-man, autobiographical play, “700 Sundays,” to television via HBO on April 19. The show was taped before an audience earlier this year,...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It might not be a hoop dream

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    3 days ago

    Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first round of exhibition games against NBA teams in five years — but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA squads...

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  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    1 week ago

    BALTIMORE (JTA) – Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA...

  • From dark deprecation to ‘Suddenly, Love’

    by Erika Dreifus

    1 week ago

    Back in 1988, no less august an observer than Philip Roth described the authorial voice of esteemed Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld as one “that originates in a wounded consciousness pitched somewhere between amnesia and memory, and that situates the fiction it narrates midway...

  • In music, tracing the 600-year odyssey of the Sarajevo Haggadah

    by Penny Schwartz, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Growing up in Bosnia, Merima Kljuco was familiar with the Sarajevo Haggadah.

    The medieval, illuminated manuscript was considered a treasure of the Bosnian National Museum for more than a century. Its 600-year journey from Spain through Italy and then Sarajevo, and its survival...

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