Arts Culture

  • At Dnc, Noshing and Schmoozing, Carter Stays Mum and Charlie Wilson’s War

    For the party trying to change the impression that it hasn’t got enough religion, Democrats got maybe a little too much on Sunday. Hundreds of party faithful got dollops of, well, faith in the cavernous Wells Fargo Theater in what organizers repeatedly reassured whoever would listen was the first time a major party convention was… More ▸

  • Reclaiming Legacy of Slain, Forgotten Jewish Labor Leader

    Any student of American labor history knows the name Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor in 1886. He was hugely influential in U.S. politics and left an indelible mark on the lives of millions of working Americans. Not so familiar is the name Edward Cohen, a fellow Jewish immigrant cigar maker from… More ▸

  • Chinese Students Greet Olympians with ‘shalom’ and Israeli Flags

    Clutching Israeli flags, the young Chinese students greeted the Israeli Olympic swimmers with shouts of “shalom” as the athletes visited their elementary school here this week. The Shi Jia Primary School was assigned Israel as part of a citywide program of partnerships between schools and Olympic countries. In preparation, the school spent the past two… More ▸

  • From Bear Stearns to Bava Metzia: an Ex-employee Finds His Silver Lining

    In the months since the 86-year-old financial giant Bear Stearns disappeared in the midst of a financial crisis, I’ve learned five important life lessons. Somehow, I had missed them in my 25 years on Wall Street, 20 of them with Bear Stearns. Here is what I learned: a.. God runs the world. b.. Your prayers… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israeli film director Amos Gitai was honored at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival. He received the “Leopard of Honor” prize, which pays tribute each year to a major director who is still active. Gitai’s latest film, “One Day You will Understand” was shown as part of the August festival, and a retrospective of several… More ▸

  • For Kampala’s Needy Orphans, Israelis Provide a Shining Light

    Bleak and dusty, the Namuwongo slum stretches along the main rail line that runs through this capital city. Shantytown dwellers who use the tracks as a pedestrian thoroughfare are killed or maimed regularly by passing trains. Yards away, among the wooden shacks, stand the bamboo walls of a kindergarten for some of the slum’s neediest… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Brad Pitt will star as a Jewish American soldier in a film by Quentin Tarantino. Pitt signed on to play a southern Jew who leads a team of eight Jewish Americans in exacting vengeance on the Nazis in German-occupied France. The film, “Inglorious Bastards,” is due to start shooting in Germany in October. More ▸

  • Sharansky Lauds Solzhenitsyn’s Influence on Soviet Jewry Movement

    Amid the haystack of laudatory prose evoked this week by the death of one of the titans of Russian literature was this far less flattering needle: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was dogged, particularly in his later years, by charges he harbored deep anti-Semitic prejudice. Natan Sharansky, who along with Solzhenitsyn is among the most famous inmates and… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The museum at the Auschwitz death camp is warning that its historic buildings will collapse without funding from world governments. The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland is hoping that the European Union will foot some of the $100 million needed to reinforce and restore deteriorating structures, including wooden barracks, as well as to create new… More ▸

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    An Australian Jewish author is in contention for a prestigious literary prize. “A Fraction of the Whole,” by Sydney-born Steve Toltz, 36, is on the long list of 13 novels for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The 650-page novel tells the story of a father and son on their journey through Australia to Paris… More ▸