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  • Jewish Flavor at Oscar Awards, Often Strong, is Subtler This Year

    Jewish talent didn’t make the headlines at Sunday evening’s Academy Awards, but there was some consolation in the less-glamorous categories. Tom Rosenberg briefly shared the spotlight with Clint Eastwood as one of the three producers of best picture “Million Dollar Baby,” which also collected Oscars in the best director, actress and supporting actor categories. Charlie… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture from Entertainment Law in L.a. to Entertaining Troops Nationwide

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described “typical Jewish boy from Manhattan and Scarsdale,” a onetime bull rider, filmmaker and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States. The city boy’s unlikely transformation began when he was a kid. One summer he worked on a dude ranch in Arizona…. More ▸

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    A French diplomat accused Israelis of having a negative fixation with France. “There is a sort of anti-French neurosis in this country,” France’s ambassador to Israel, Gerard Araud, told Israel Radio on Thursday, heaping special criticism on the Gallic caricatures of television comedian Eli Yatzpan. “The Israelis are convinced the French are anti-Israel.” The Foreign… More ▸

  • To Combat Anti-semitism, Cartoonist Turns to Old Jewish Staple — Humor

    Israeli cartoonist Ya’akov Kirschen, whose Dry Bones comic strip has appeared in Jewish newspapers for more than 30 years, is aiming his pen in a new direction. Enlisting the help of Mr. Shuldig and his dog Doobie, along with their other bulbous-nosed, wide-eyed cartoon friends, the artist has formed a nonprofit organization called The Dry… More ▸

  • Opinion a Democrat for Bush? the Fight Against Terrorism Outweighs All else

    I support the re-election of President George W. Bush. Why? Because I believe one issue overwhelms all others: the president’s strong commitment to fight the forces of international terrorism, regardless of how much it costs or how long it takes to achieve victory. I do not agree with President Bush on a single major domestic… More ▸

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    British Jews consider U.S. presidential contender Sen. John Kerry one of the most important Jews of the 21st century, a new survey says. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president — who is a Catholic but whose grandfather, Fritz Kohn, was Jewish — was on a list that included film director Steven Spielberg, architect Daniel Liebeskind,… More ▸

  • Obituary Comedian Alan King Was Model for Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King’s work — they just don’t realize it. The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld. Crystal, a close friend, was one of those who paid tribute to King… More ▸

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    A French comedian facing charges for performing an allegedly anti-Semitic sketch on TV is running for the European Parliament. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala joined with a group of pro-Palestinian activists heading the Euro-Palestine Party list, which announced it would field candidates for the Paris region in elections next month. At the new party’s launch Wednesday, leaders… More ▸

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    Celebrities from architect Daniel Libeskind to sex adviser Dr. Ruth will attend a pre-Passover seder in New York. Other stars, including rock singer Perry Farrell, composer Steve Reich, author Douglas Rushkoff, comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara and actor Theodore Bikel, are due to gather at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial… More ▸