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Democratic convention picks Rabbi Wolpe

By Tom Tugend

September 2, 2012 | 12:09 pm

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple has confirmed that he will deliver the invocation at the Wednesday (9/5) evening session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North... read on

  • Ari Rubin suicide continues pattern of violent JDL deaths

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 16, 2012 | 12:11 am

    Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League long led by his father, Irving (Irv) Rubin, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. He was 30.

    Ari Rubin had been active since his youth in the militant JDL, which has long been rejected by mainstream Jewish... read on

  • Fighter pilot Flint gets to Olympics—64 years later

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 1, 2012 | 3:13 am

    It took 64 years, with a detour to Israel’s War of Independence, but Mitchell Flint is finally getting to see the London Olympic Games, live and in person.

    In the summer of 1948, Flint looked back on a four-year stint as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II... read on

  • “Wally” explores dramatic Nazi looted art case

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2012 | 11:23 pm

    Nearly 70 years after Hitler’s downfall, the legal and political struggles continue to return Nazi-looted art works, dubbed “the last prisoners of war,” to their original Jewish owners.

    The documentary follows the twists and turns, involving a large cast of Austrian and American... read on

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  • Israel’s ‘Matchmaker’ now at your service

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    Neil Friedman, the head man at Menemsha Films, e-mailed a reminder that “The Matchmaker,” one of Israel’s quirkiest and most memorable films, is now playing at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills, Fallbrook 7 in West Hills and Town Center in Encino.

    Whatever images come to... read on

  • Academy elects Joseph Cedar

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 30, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Mazal Tov to Joseph Cedar, the talented Israeli director, on his election to membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With a total of four feature films to his credit, two have made the final cut of five nominees for the Oscar in the foreign language film... read on

  • “Yankles” aim for homerun

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 2, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    One of the most reliable movie plots has a bunch of losers (klutzes/ Dead End Kids/ prisoners) straighten out and fly right under the inspirational guidance of a gruff but kind-hearted (priest/teacher/prison warden).

    In a kosher variation of this theme, “The Yankles” features a... read on

  • From “Immigrant” to American

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    There is no more archetypical American story than that of the greenhorn immigrant, who first ekes out a living by the sweat of his brow, works his way up and kvells as his children and grandchildren become 100 percent American doctors or lawyers – or writers.

    Such is the story of... read on

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