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  • If it wasn’t for Jews, Las Vegas wouldn’t be the town it is today

    By Renata Polt

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If it wasn't for Jews, Las Vegas wouldn't be the town it is today. Proof of Jewish prosperity can be found across the city, especially in its stunning architecture.
     
    Hollywood has shot films here for nearly a century, from early silent Westerns to "Easy Rider" (1969) and "Red...
  • Chabad Expands in Vegas

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Across the parking lot of the neighborhood pub/casino in the Summerlin suburb of Las Vegas, Jewish residents, community leaders, local officials and passersby stood in the 110-degree heat recently to watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a new Chabad shul.



    The imposing $4.5...

  • Tying the Knot While Rolling the Dice

    By Leah Hochbaum

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between the drinking, the gambling and the legalized prostitution, Las Vegas just might be the most romantic spot on the planet for the biggest drunken gamble of them all: marriage. But while making your inebriated way down the aisle in this marriage mecca is as easy as pie for the...

  • Milken Dances Into Bid for Nationals

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews can dance a mean hora, but when it comes to hip-hop, they aren't known to hold their own -- until now. The Milken Community High School Dance Team swept the open regional Dance Team Competition in Las Vegas and earned a bid to the 2004 National Dance Team Competition of the High...

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  • Kramer Wins With a Vegas Loser

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wayne Kramer identifies with the karmically challenged hero of his sleek new movie, "The Cooler." Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) has bad luck so contagious, a Las Vegas casino employs him to cool down high rollers.

    Kramer -- who is hoarse as luck would have it, in an interview --...

  • Gambling Goodman

    By Amy Klein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Oscar Goodman sure likes his Beefeater.

    So much so that this Las Vegas mayor had proposed to become a spokesman for the gin company for $100,000. The money, Goodman promised, would go to the city coffers.

    On a November Friday afternoon, just a day after news of the Beefeater...

  • Red Like Me

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As I write this, I look like James Coburn eating a lemon in a windstorm. Drunk. Not only does my face look red and crackly, it must be covered at all times with a Vaseline-like lotion, thick and greasy, giving me the appearance of someone who has just eaten a pork chop with no hands....

  • Jewish Boomtown

    By Adam Wills

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Las Vegas isn't exactly the holiest place on earth. Hotels on the Strip have dumped the family-friendly approach in favor of European-style topless shows, and much of the praying takes place at craps tables and roulette wheels. But in this decadent city, synagogues, kosher...

  • Former Synagogue President (and Mob Lawyer) Elected Mayor of Las Vegas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A flamboyant underworld attorney and former synagogue president was elected mayor of Las Vegas by a landslide, according to the final results from last Tuesday's vote.

    Oscar Goodman, 59, gained fame and considerable wealth representing top mobsters, as well as such celebrities as...

  • Pitch-Black

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Peter Berg's "Very Bad Things," the tale of a Las Vegas bachelor party gone terribly wrong, is the season's most twisted black comedy: What else can you say about a film in which a boychik cites Jewish law to justify unscrambling hacked-up corpse parts?

    Edgy, intense Berg, 34, who...

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