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    An animated documentary about the Lebanon War won best film at Israel’s Academy Awards. “Waltz with Bashir,” which follows director Ari Folman’s attempts to fill in the holes in his memory regarding his army service during the first Lebanon War, took six Ophir Awards Tuesday night. It will be Israel’s entry in the best foreign… More ▸

  • A-listers Turn out for Israel’s Hollywood Bash

    There were Hollywood stars and powerful studio heads, politicians and multinational rappers, Israeli Cabinet ministers and dancers, two dozen Israeli Scouts, a 3-D film segment, a tennis legend, comedians, resounding shofars, electronic fireworks and tables groaning with biblical fruits. They all came out for the Sept. 18 festivities marking Israel’s 60th anniversary and honoring Israeli-born… More ▸

  • Port Townsend: Where Hippies Go to Die (and Daven?)

    Soon after Robbie and Hilary Metzger moved to this small Pacific Northwest town in 1982, they wondered what to do on Yom Kippur. “Why don’t we climb Mount Zion?” Hilary suggested. Kids in tow, the Metzger and Saran families hiked up the mountain, fasting the whole time. This Yom Kippur, more than 25 years later,… More ▸

  • Mysteries in Port Townsend: What Happened to Two Jews?

    Two of this town’s first Jews came to mysterious ends — one by his own hand, the other simply disappeared. David C.H. Rothschild was a Bavarian who arrived in Port Townsend in 1858. Rothschild — who, according to town tour guide Joyce Cox, would say “I got the family name, but not the money” —… More ▸

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    Hundreds in London rallied for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the marchers Sunday and was among 1,000 Britons who signed a New Year’s card for Shalit. The cards were sent through the Israeli Embassy in London and the British Zionist Federation. The International Red Cross promised… More ▸

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    Hollywood celebrities marked Israel’s 60th anniversary by honoring an Israeli-born movie producer. Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Jason Alexander, singer Seal and tennis player Serena Williams were among those who attended the Sept. 18 event at Paramount Studios honoring Arnon Milchan, who produced such movies as "Pretty Woman" and "L.A. Confidential," according to the… More ▸

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    A Jewish learning institute named for an influential 16th century rabbi and scholar opened in Prague. Judah Loew ben Bezalel, also known as the Maharal, was a chief rabbi of Prague whose writings have influenced countless Jewish scholars. To many Jews and non-Jews, Loew is known as the creator of the Golem, a clay giant… More ▸

  • Engaging in Diplomacy with Iran is a Sensible, Responsible Policy

    Few people will be moved or impressed by the now predictable denunciations and protests set to greet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he arrives Monday to New York. The political campaigns will try to score points for their candidates and administration officials will talk tough. Jewish community groups have organized their due-diligence demonstrations. All the… More ▸

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    A weeklong Yiddish language seminar opened in Ukraine in a suburb of Kiev. About 50 Jewish activists, including directors of Jewish Sunday schools, actors, singers and journalists, from throughout Ukraine gathered Wednesday for “Di Yiddishe Voch” to learn about Yiddish and Yiddishkeit. The seminar is designed to help bring Yiddish culture to Jewish communities in… More ▸

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    Germany will release a list of 600,000 Jews who lived in the country during the Nazi period. The German government announced Wednesday that the material will be given to the archives at Yad Vashem in Israel, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the Claims Conference and the International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany,… More ▸