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  • The philanthropy of Eli Broad

     The New York Times has a story about the philanthropy of Eli Broad. Broad, says the Times, has turned Los Angeles, where he has made his home for the past 40 years, into an arts center that it could not have been without the billionaire. But his philanthropy should not be mistaken for simple charity,… More ▸

  • Sephardic Film Fest opens Thursday

    Moroccan Jewish crime families. An Israeli chef turned sumo wrestler. An Ethiopian Jewish rapper.  For sheer eclecticism, it’s hard to imagine a motlier mix than the films at the Sephardic Film Festival, which opens tonight in New York City.  The festival, the only one of its kind in the country, has gotten some good advance… More ▸

  • Arts in the West Bank

    With its news pages scrutinizing the U.S.-Israeli rift over Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank, The New York Times’ art pages examine Palestinian arts in the disputed territory. In a pair of pieces Monday and Tuesday, Daniel J. Wakin writes about western music as escapism for Palestinian teens in Ramallah. Dalia Moukarker, 16 is… More ▸

  • Some sexy swag at Heeb’s latest party

    The goody bag that Heeb gave out at the New York launch party for its summer issue. Contents include Michael Chabon’s “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” an issue of the Heeb swimsuit edition, a screening copy of Jakie Mason’s latest video, Bacon Salt, a “Loser” headband, breath mints, a couple of buttons, body wipes and a… More ▸

  • Culture club

    The Foundation for Jewish Culture held its annual Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards gala Thursday night at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The FJC, which was started in 1968 by the precursor to the UJC, the Council of Jewish Federations, has given out the awards since 1985, and recipients have included the likes… More ▸