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  • Express your solidarity with Wisconsin’s Sikh community

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    In the wake of Sunday’s shooting in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left six dead and three more wounded, over 2,000 people have submitted e-notes expressing solidarity for Wisconsin’s Sikh community, including “Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Unitarian...

  • Global unity or chaos: Special report from the World Economic Forum!

    September 6, 2011 | 11:38 am

    I have returned to Switzerland this week as the Rabbinic Representative to join global partners and interfaith leaders at the World Economic Forum. Here, we continue to plan the annual gathering in Davos this winter and to think-tank the greatest moral, economic, and political issues...

  • Thursday night with Rhoda

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    I don’t often write pieces for upcoming events. I’m better at writing about them after the fact, when I figure I’ll have more to say. But this year, I have to make an exception and give a plug for a local Jewish woman who is universally loved by the community. How do I know...

  • Israelis Win at 2011 Sundance Film Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 30, 2011 | 8:07 pm

    By Larry Mark

    Two Israeli filmmakers were among the official award recipients of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which ended today.

    Erez Kav-El won the award for best world cinema dramatic screenplay for his script for ”Restoration,” the only Israeli film in the official...

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  • The Fighter:  David O. Russell and Amy Adams [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    For “The Fighter” director (and Oscar nominee) David O. Russell, the film isn’t just a docudrama about the rise of boxer Micky “Irish” Ward (nominee Mark Wahlberg), who won the Light Welterweight Championship in 2000 with the help of his ex-champ half-brother, Dicky...

  • From the Ozarks to the Oscars:  Debra Granik of “Winter’s Bone” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 27, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Writer-director Debra Granik is Jewish, upper-middle-class and a New Yorker. So it is all the more remarkable that her thriller, “Winter’s Bone,”(which has received four Oscar nominations, including best picture and adapted screenplay) is so accurate in its depiction of life in...

  • Sundance Film Festival:  A Jew’s View

    January 21, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, quietly opened yesterday with a press conference – but Jewish fare at the time seemed slim.

    Whereas last year’s festival included several films with Jewish themes,...

  • Meet the “Parents” of Little Fockers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 21, 2010 | 11:27 pm

    “Little Fockers,” the third in the franchise about a Jewish nurse (Ben Stiller) with a formidable non-Jewish father-in-law (Robert De Niro) opens Dec. 22, again starring Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Gaylord “Greg” Focker’s over-the-top parents.  The reviews so far...

  • Israeli Actress Liraz Charhi in “Fair Game” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2010 | 6:18 pm

    Doug Liman’s “Fair Game” – about the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame by the George W. Bush Administration – is earning Oscar buzz for stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.  But Israeli actress Liraz Charhi also stands out for her pivotal, heartbreaking turn as Zahraa, an...

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