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  • How the Chabad rebbe helped create food stamps, and other Jewish Medal of Freedom stories

    4 days ago

    Barack Obama got a big laugh at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Tuesday when he pretended not to know Barbra Streisand was Jewish.

    It was just one of many Jewish moments in one of the most Jewish iterations of the ceremony in memory. Four of the 17 people awarded...

  • Moving and shaking: The Israeli Philharmonic, Beit Issie Shapiro and more

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed at a Nov. 10 concert gala that raised more than $1.6 million for education programs in Israel and Los Angeles. It also honored Bram Goldsmith, philanthropist and chairman emeritus of City National Bank, with the “Founders Award for a...

  • Spielberg and Streisand on list of 17 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish celebrities Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim and Itzhak Perlman will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States.

    They will be among 17 Americans “who have made especially meritorious...

  • Sondheim’s Freudian ‘Woods’

    December 26, 2014 | 11:19 am

    The movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic Into the Woods, which opened in theaters yesterday, is much more than several interwoven, fractured fairy tales. It’s a thicket of symbols and themes that draw directly on the ideas and Weltanschauung of Sigmund Freud.


  • 3 slain civil rights workers to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 11, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Three civil rights workers killed in Mississippi in 1964 while registering black voters will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years after their deaths.

    James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are among 19 recipients of the highest civilian honor awarded...

  • When art imitates art

    By Tom Freudenheim

    June 13, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    There’s a vast difference between history and historical fiction. I tend to prefer the latter, finding myself in awe of writers who can carry readers into a world that’s both factual and imagined. Obviously, there’s the underlying question of trust: How do we know when and...