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  • Munich Survivor Dan Alon Carries Scars of ’72 Olympics

    The Munich Olympics were meant to be a defining moment in Dan Alon’s life — but not the way they turned out. Alon was one of five Israeli athletes who escaped the 1972 massacre of Israel’s Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists. Thirty-six years later, he still can’t shake what happened. In Berlin last year to… More ▸

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    Some 14 films will be featured at a six-day Jewish film festival this week in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian Jewish community is sponsoring the fourth annual festival in the former Brazilian capital. Israeli and Jewish-themed movies are on the bill. “The festival is the most important event of our community,” Sergio Niskier, the president… More ▸

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    An American Jewish foundation is bringing Israeli artists to the United States for residencies. The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation will sponsor six artists from two to months at museums, schools and cultural centers in 2008-09, the foundation said in a July 16 news release. The foundation will sponsor 12 artists the following term…. More ▸

  • Tales from the Crib: Jolie’s Jewish Ob-gyn Speaks

    Angelina Jolie brought her twins into the world on Shabbat. That fact may have been overlooked last Saturday by the thousands of media outlets covering the birth, which took place at Lenval Hospital’s Santa Maria Clinic. But the timing did not escape Dr. Michel Sussmann, Jolie’s Jewish obstetrician. Sussmann, a former vice president of Nice’s… More ▸

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    Five Australian Jewish leaders will meet Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Sydney next week. The meeting was announced amid continuing concerns about a planned re-enactment of the stations of the cross. Some 40 interfaith leaders — including Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others — will meet the pope during his first Australian visit. Benedict is… More ▸

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    A former trainer for Alex Rodriguez said the star ballplayer’s interest in Kabbalah caused the break-up of his marriage. Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday in Miami saying the New York Yankee “emotionally abandoned” her. Trainer Dodd Romero told the ABC television show “Good Morning America” Monday that the pop singer Madonna “brainwashed” Rodriguez by… More ▸

  • French Jewry to Sarkozy: Investigate Al-dura Incident

    The organized Jewish community in France is publicly calling on President Nicolas Sarkozy to launch an investigation into the controversial television broadcast of an alleged Israeli shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy. Last week’s call by CRIF, the umbrella Jewish organization, increased the pressure on the French government to intervene in the 8-year-old debate over… More ▸

  • Arab Attack in Jerusalem Leaves 3 Dead, Dozens Injured

    The deadly terrorist attack by an Arab bulldozer driver on a crowded street here Wednesday raised questions anew about how Israeli authorities can protect against attacks by lone assailants from eastern Jerusalem. At least three people were killed and dozens injured in the noontime attack on Jaffa Road. Husam Duwayat, a 30-year-old father of two… More ▸

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    An Israeli court rejected a libel suit against a pro-Palestinian documentary about the battle of Jenin. Petach Tikvah District Court on Sunday turned down the suit filed by five Israeli veterans of the 2002 fighting in the West Bank town against Mohammed Bakri, the director of the film “Jenin, Jenin.” The plaintiffs alleged that Bakri,… More ▸

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    The Australian government will host a weeklong festival in Israel next year. By endorsing a plan for the G’day Israel Festival, the government hopes to raise Australia’s profile in Israel. An initiative of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, the festival is planned for June 21-29, 2009 in various venues across the Holy Land. Among the… More ▸