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  • During D.c. Visit, Olmert Eschews Goodbyes in Favor of Iran Talk

    Expressions of love, walks down memory lane, even the rain lashing the capital’s monuments. The latest meeting between Ehud Olmert and George Bush played out like the end of a movie romance. Only the Israeli prime minister says he’s not going anywhere because there is work to be done, especially when it comes to facing… More ▸

  • Beleaguered Olmert Receives Tepid Response to Aipac Remarks

    Dogged by political scandal at home, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert headed here this week in search of a friendly crowd at the annual AIPAC policy conference. While his tough talk on Iran drew strong applause from the pro-Israel audience, his calls for peace talks with Syria and the Palestinians fell flat. Speaking to some… More ▸

  • Is There More to ‘zohan’ Than a Bunch of Adam Sandler Jokes?

    At age 60, when even the more virile tend to slow down, Israel has replaced Italy as the native habitat of the sex stud. That’s the uplifting message from "You Don’t Mess With the Zohan," starring Adam Sandler in the title role of an Israeli super commando-turned-New York hairstylist. Co-script writer Robert Smigel says, "I… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard withdrew from an Israeli film festival. Godard, a leader of the New Wave cinema of the 1960s, planned to fly into Tel Aviv on Saturday to officiate at the International Student Film Festival. But he canceled on short notice, a move event organizers said appeared to have been politically motivated…. More ▸

  • Canada’s Prime Minister Seen As Key to Growing Support for Israel

    For many Canadian Jews, the country’s prime minister has been more than just a breath of fresh air when it comes to support for Israel. They wonder whether Stephen Harper may be too good to be true. Elected with a minority Conservative government in January 2006, Harper has left an unmistakable record of solidly and… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Sydney Pollack, the acclaimed director of “Tootsie” and “Out of Africa,” has died. Pollack, who won an Academy Award for “Out of Africa,” died of cancer Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 73. Along with directing numerous hit films and some of the industry’s top stars, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants also… More ▸

  • More Wary Than Concerned, Golan Residents Prep for Fight

    In a cherry orchard on the eastern edge of the Golan Heights, Ronen Gilboa waves in the direction of the Syrian border about a mile away. Like many Golan residents who face the prospect of renewed Syrian rule over the territory in a future Israel-Syria peace deal, Gilboa, 45, shrugs at the news of relaunched… More ▸

  • San Francisco’s New Museum Owns No Art, Focuses on Ideas

    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, set to open June 8 in its new San Francisco location, is a mind-blowingly grand celebration of what Jewish sensibilities can contribute to the American cultural experience. It’s also the latest example of the Jewish museum as event rather than institution. Several things set this ambitious new creation apart. First is… More ▸

  • From Start to Finish: the Making of a Limmud

    May 15: Dear Limmud Diary: It’s Thursday evening, the night before our first big Limmud conference in Germany. So quiet here at this former communist youth camp. We picked it because it’s not too far from Berlin, but far enough that our guests won’t be tempted by the distractions of the big city. Forest and… More ▸

  • Vindication for French Watchdog in Reversal of Al-dura Video Ruling

    Ever since Mohammed al-Dura was shot and killed at Gaza’s Netzarim Junction on Sept. 30, 2000 amid Israeli-Palestinian fighting, claims that the boy’s death was staged for prime-time TV have struggled for credence outside the Jewish world. One French media watchdog who was especially strident in making this claim, Philippe Karsenty, paid a heavy price… More ▸