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  • Polanski escapes extradition again, plans Dreyfus Affair movie

    The Roman Polanski saga added another chapter last week, and it didn’t leave anybody looking too good. First, the United States petitioned the Polish government to arrest film director Roman Polanski and hold him for extradition, the latest in a fruitless, decades-long effort to bring Polanski back to the U.S. to face a 1978 rape… More ▸

  • WATCH: Jewish parody of ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’

    Since the “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” video about cat-calling was posted online Oct. 28, it has not only gone viral, but prompted a slew of media coverage, as well as debate over whether or not it is racist. Meanwhile, we couldn’t help noticing that its star, actress Shoshana Roberts, appears… More ▸

  • A dinner party approach to labor negotiations

    As we noted this week, Barrack Hebrew Academy is unusual among Jewish day schools for having a teachers union – and a strong one at that. The suburban Philadelphia school also stands out because the teachers and board, which recently negotiated a new contract, have a unique tradition: small monthly dinners that bring key leaders… More ▸

  • At 97, Holocaust survivor and mandolin player Emily Kessler gets her Lincoln Center debut

    For Emily Kessler, a Holocaust survivor, the prospect of performing at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is less worrying than figuring out what to wear for the occasion. “I came to the conclusion,” she said, in an interview at her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, “that what is the difference between playing in front of… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Israel’s friend in Hanoi

    To mark more than 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Vietnam will host its first Israeli film festival in November, the Israeli Embassy in Hanoi announced last week. Israel and Vietnam officially established diplomatic relations in July 1993. Unofficially, however, diplomatic relations began much earlier. In 1966, JTA revealed the details of a… More ▸

  • WATCH: Tablet’s satirical in-flight ‘spiritual safety’ instructions

    Been following the recent trend of hared Orthodox men refusing to sit next to women on airplanes — and the flight attendants struggling with whether or not to irk other passengers and risk delays in order to accommodate them? Well, Tablet has posted a humorous animated video — a tongue-in-cheek proposed in-flight “spiritual safety” instructional… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: First frost

    Sometime in the early morning hours of Oct. 19, the temperature on the farm dipped down to 30 degrees: first frost. It was a light one. The mercury fell barely below freezing and did not stay there for very long, but it was enough. By the time I arrived at the farm, the eggplant looked… More ▸

  • Michael Jordan wades into the Obama-Bibi “sh*t” storm (sort of)

    You think it’s bad when an aide to the leader of the free world calls you “chickenshit”? Don’t worry Bibi — that’s nothing compared to having the most iconic athlete on the planet say you wouldn’t make it into his dream foursome because you’re a “shitty” golfer. Your browser does not support iframes. More ▸