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  • Portman references Agriprocessors raid in Oscar presentation

    For those who missed last night’s Academy Awards, one of the highlights of the evening came when Jewish actors Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller took the stage to present the award for cinematography.  Stiller, who was lampooing Joaquin Phoenix’s bewildering appearance on David Letterman last week, came out sporting a shaggy beard and a wild… More ▸

  • Emanuel Heads Forward List of Top 50 Jews

    Barack Obama’s pick for chief of staff topped the annual Forward list of the country’s most influential Jews. U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) was joined in the top five of the Forward 50 by political activist Jeremy Ben-Ami, Obama money woman Penny Pritzker, comedian Sarah Silverman and ethical kosher guru Rabbi Morris Allen. The annual… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Recount in Franken-Coleman race The U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken is going to a recount. With nearly 2.9 million votes cast, Coleman defeated Franken by fewer than 700 votes, the Associated Press reported. The final margin was well within a state mandate for an automatic recount,… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸

  • News Brief

    Actor Kirk Douglas was honored at the Shoah Foundation dinner, which featured Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. The three-hour event and show on Oct. 22 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles benefited the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute. Famed director Steven Spielberg, who established the foundation following the triumph of his… More ▸

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    Sarah Silverman elicited puzzlement and praise with her debut on German television. “She sits on the potty and says, ‘Anyone who watches a Jewish woman on the toilet is as bad as a Holocaust denier,” Joachim Huber wrote in the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper the day after the American Jewish comedian appeared Oct. 23 on Comedy… More ▸

  • Pro-obama ‘schlep’ to Fla. Puts Focus on Jewish Seniors, Question of Race

    Fred Wolff is pretty explicit in laying out the reason why he won’t support Barack Obama on Nov. 4. A survivor of the Dachau concentration camp who came to the United States as a teenager, Wolff told JTA he typically favors Republican candidates. This year he would have preferred former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas… More ▸