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    The U.S. State Department listed Borat as the victim of human rights abuses in Kazakhstan. On Wednesday, the State Department released its annual report on human rights abuses and included the fictional Kazakh journalist created by Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat was featured in Cohen’s recent satirical film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for… More ▸

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    A woman who was on a 1987 trip to Israel with Sacha Baron Cohen is suing the British comedian for saying in a facetious interview that he got her pregnant. In a suit filed in Los Angeles last month, British-born Californian Heddi Cundle sued Cohen for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, fraud, breach of contract,… More ▸

  • At Baltics Limmud, Love and Learning Are Among Many Splendored Things

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry. Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It was two years ago that Lapidus, from the Estonian capital of Tallinn, attended… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Jews Celebrate on Oscar Night

    After a slow start in the initial Oscar nominations, Hollywood’s Jews reaffirmed the tribe’s historic resilience with a credible finish at the Academy Awards. Host Ellen DeGeneres set the stage in the Feb. 25 broadcast by noting the diversity of this year’s nominees, concluding that without “blacks, Jews and gays, there would be no Oscar.”… More ▸

  • Array of Outreach Programs Target Young Jews Flowing into the Capital

    What’s a young Jew freshly landed in D.C. from Mobile, Manhattan or Marin County to do? Plenty, it turns out. Jewish outreach in the nation’s capital, which sees an influx of young professional Jews after each election cycle, is unrelenting. High Holidays services, Shabbat dinners, concerts and even happy hours are packed with the city’s… More ▸

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    Al Franken reportedly is planning a run to be Minnesota’s U.S. senator. Franken, a comedian and Democratic activist, had announced that he was quitting his liberal talk radio show and has made the decision to run, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. More ▸

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    An Israeli comedian is planning to sue “Borat” creator Sascha Baron Cohen. The Associated Press reported that Dovale Glickman plans to sue Cohen for using the exclamation “Wa wa wee wa” — a phrase Glickman said he invented 16 years ago for an Israeli comedy show. More ▸

  • Jews Mostly Come Up Empty As Oscar Nominees Are Named

    If a Jewish cabal supposedly runs Hollywood, it sure did a lousy job promoting its own for Academy Award nominations. Where in past years one could at least count on a Steven Spielberg film or a Holocaust documentary to provide Jewish flavor, this year the pickings were slim when the Oscar hopefuls were announced Tuesday…. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Hitler Gets His 15 Minutes of Fame:

    Can a Jewish filmmaker in Germany turn the Nazi dictator into a joke without trivializing him? Dani Levy says yes; others aren’t so sure. Levy’s new film, “Mein Fuhrer: The Truly Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler,” has received cool reviews across Germany, but theaters reportedly were full on its Jan. 11 opening day. Levy, 49,… More ▸

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    Jewish artists are in the running for the 2007 Grammy awards. reported that last week’s nominees included folk singer Bob Dylan; Israeli producer and engineer Tal Herzberg; pop star Pink; easy listening singer Bette Midler; producer Rick Rubin; Chasidic reggae artist Matisyahu; crooner Harry Connick, Jr.; rocker Mark Knofler; Mel Brooks; songwriter Randy Newman;… More ▸