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  • ‘madagascar 2′ Stars Visit Israel

    The stars of the film “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” received a warm reception in Israel. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, were in the Jewish state over the weekend for the Israeli premiere of the animated movie. The trio of actors signed hundreds of autographs and were… More ▸

  • Living Like Anne Frank?

    An online accommodation agency I came across recently used one of the most tasteless slogans I’ve ever seen to advertise a holiday rental in Amsterdam. “Amsterdam Stay Apartments present the Anne Frank apartment,” read a banner across the top of the apartment’s Web page. “Live like Anne Frank during your Amsterdam stay,” it promised, “with… More ▸

  • Bridging the Muslim-jewish Divide

    There was nothing unusual about some 20 devout Muslims from the King Fahad Mosque bowing and prostrating themselves as they recited the Isha, or night prayer. Only the site was Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, and the worshipers were outnumbered by about 80 Jews watching the unfamiliar ritual. At the same time, in another room… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Survey: Religious values ‘under attack’ A majority of Americans believe religious values are “under attack,” according to a survey. A national poll of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League also found that those who believe Jews control Hollywood has decreased. “American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood,” which was conducted in October 2008,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel’s ambassador to Austria was named public relations person of the year. Dan Ashbel was cited by the Austrian Public Relations Association for his work in improving Israel’s image. Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been criticized over the years over its representation of the state, especially regarding the Middle Eastern conflict, but Ashbel has marketed a… More ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸