I caught up with the journalist Yossi Klein Halevi at the home of David and Marsha Nimmer in Beverly Hills, where he was addressing a small group of mostly entertainment industry professionals about the imminent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.
Now that it has been "formally put to death and buried," as one of its grantees told me, I feel free to speak out about the Joshua Venture, a supposed breakthrough organization, subsidizing the ideas of nonprofit professionals who will be leading the next generation of Jewish life.
Does Hollywood ignore the Israel issue? Some seasoned industry professionals are tackling the public relations problem head on by nurturing a group of novice filmmakers to create Internet movies that will get people thinking about Israel and Judaism.
It has been a training ground for hundreds of Jewish professionals, and it has caused Shabbat candles to glow in countless homes.