Jewish Journal

Jerusalem film school brings shorts to L.A.

By Tom Tugend

4 days ago

Filmmakers Nurith Cohn and Emanuel Cohn flank Ofer Berkovitz, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem, who is presenting to the siblings the Mayor of Jerusalem Prize for best drama. Photo by Mor Borenshtein

A brother-sister filmmaking team from Israel will introduce itself, its unusual alma mater and its Oscar-winning father on the evening of Feb. 5 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.... read full article

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    by Gabrielle Birkner

    4 days ago

    No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but I will say this much: The episode ends with … a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

    That would be Benjamin Schreier, the interim director of the Jewish studies program at Penn State and the husband of...

  • Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

    by Christina Farr, Reuters

    5 days ago

    Apple, Inc. quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

    The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    5 days ago

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    by Beth Kissileff, JTA

    5 days ago

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    by Sarah Newman

    5 days ago

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • TV satire burns bright as Israeli election ‘campfire’

    by Dan Williams, Reuters

    5 days ago

    When Israelis gather around the water cooler to discuss their March 17 election, odds are the conversation will turn to a television satire that has caught even President Barack Obama's notice in the past.

    Eretz Nehederet ("Wonderful Country"), which airs weekly on Israel's...

  • Lakers’ Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, season in jeopardy


    6 days ago

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season could be over after the guard agreed to have surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Monday.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion will have surgery on Wednesday and a timeline for his return...

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