Arts Culture

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    A video appearance at a beauty pageant by convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has provoked outrage. The organizer of the “Star of the Year” pageant, held last week in a small town near Rome, showed a film clip of the former SS officer, who greeted the audience and wished good luck to contestants. Priebke,… More ▸

  • Latest Slingshot Guide Highlights Old and New Innovative Programs

    When a group of young philanthropists decided to put together a short Zagat’s-style directory of innovative programs four years ago, the goal was to identify cutting-edge Jewish causes for their peers to invest in. The result was Slingshot, an annual directory of 50 hot nonprofits that has helped put several upstarts on the philanthropic map… More ▸

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    German Jewish organizations have demanded an apology from Liechtenstein’s prince for referring to Germany as the fourth Reich. Prince Hans-Adam’s remark came in a letter made public Sept. 11 in which he refused to lend a painting to the Berlin Jewish Museum for an exhibit on the looting of art from Jews during the Nazi… More ▸

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    A museum focusing on Norway’s Jewish culture opened in Oslo. The museum, at the site of a former synagogue in the country’s capital, aims to educate visitors about Norway’s Jewish history since Jews began to immigrate there 150 years ago, according to the Norwegian news site Aftenposten. The debut exhibit describes the Jewish influence on… More ▸

  • Palin’s Leadership, Experience Make Her Strong Choice for Vp

    If there was any doubt that Sen. John McCain will shake up Washington and institute real change, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee has put that question to rest. Few people can match McCain’s maverick spirit and bipartisan nature like Governor Palin. I’ve known Sarah Palin since her election… More ▸

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    A former Israeli Supreme Court justice criticized the government’s record on caring for Holocaust survivors. “We need to take better care of living Holocaust survivors rather than invest extra money in memorializing,” Dalia Dorner said Monday, according to YNet. Dorner, who headed a commission investigating the state’s treatment of survivors, said the government was misuing… More ▸

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    An autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz has been translated into Arabic in an effort to promote coexistence. The translation of “A Tale of Love and Darkness” was funded in part by the family of an Arab student killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem, and will be sold first in the Israeli Arab… More ▸

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    The Argentine Jewish film director Daniel Burman received a prestigious prize from the Vatican at the current Venice film festival. Burman on Tuesday received the Bresson Prize, awarded by the Vatican to filmmakers whose work shows the spiritual meaning of life. Filmmakers such as Giuseppe Tornatore and Wim Wenders have previously received this honor. Monsignor… More ▸

  • Notes from the Gop Convention

    Like her husband, Hadassah Lieberman is backing John McCain for president. On Monday afternoon, she was the featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee fund-raiser and fashion show. But, Lieberman insisted to JTA, that doesn’t mean she’s become a Republican. A global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Lieberman… More ▸

  • In the Eye of the Storm: a Blogger Lives Gustav

    Lifelong New Orleans resident Alan Smason has been chronicling his experience during Hurricane Gustav on his blog, KosherComputing. Below are excerpts from his reporting, including descriptions of how the city’s Jewish community has responded to the storm. Aug. 27, 2008: It looks like my worst fears have been realized. A storm with the potential to… More ▸