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    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is launching a project to put hundreds of Jewish movies online. In addition to films, the festival’s Web site, www.sfjff.org, will offer other streaming media, educational materials, social networking resources and a forum for new Jewish stories and films created specifically for emerging media platforms. The first $200,000 in… More ▸

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    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 ▸

  • ‘schleppers’ Emerging As an Influential Generation

    I am going to go out on a limb and make a prediction about the forthcoming presidential election. It’s not about who will receive the most votes, so as not to jeopardize our organization’s nonpartisanship, but rather whose vote will have the greatest impact on the American body politic. My prediction is that the 18-… More ▸

  • Tough Jews

    Edward Zwick’s new feature film “Defiance,” which opens in the U.S. in September, is also a family film about the Bielski clan, writes Adam Gopnick in The New Yorker: The film is still a family film, though, since it tells the largely unknown and entirely true story of the Bielski brothers’ brigade: of how Tuvia,… More ▸

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    Two retired Israeli security officials have been edited out of a pro-Barack Obama video. Former Mossad director Ephraim Halevy and retired Gen. Uzi Dayan had complained that they were not aware that interviews they had done this summer about the United States presidential candidates would be used in a video endorsing Obama. They were among… More ▸

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    A lawsuit against the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir was dismissed by a Massachusetts judge. Publisher Jane Daniel had sued Misha Defonseca, the author of the 1997 book “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” and her ghostwriter Vera Lee to overturn a $32.4 million court judgment the writers had won against Daniel in… More ▸

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    The family of the policeman killed by Samir Kuntar is angry but not surprised that he has returned to terror. A video of the Lebanese Druse terrorist, who was responsible for the death of four Israelis, including a 4-year old girl and her father in a 1979 attack, was made public this week showing Kuntar… More ▸

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    A Jewish group will address the concerns of retired Israeli security officials who say their words were used out of context in a pro-Barack Obama video. Mik Moore, the co-executive director of the Jewish Council for Education and Research, said the Israeli producers of the film in support of the Democratic presidential candidate “have assured… More ▸

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    A pro-Israel think tank has pulled out of “The Obsession Project.” The decision by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, comes days after a Muslim advocacy group filed a complaint about the effort. EMET had agreed to write a policy paper and lead an educational outreach effort subsequent to the distribution of… More ▸

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    Paul Newman, actor, director, race car driver, liberal activist and philanthropist, died at 83. He died Friday at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., following a long battle with cancer. Over a half-century long career, Newman acted in 59 movies and received 10 Oscar nominations. He won the best actor Academy Award in 1987 for his… More ▸