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  • In Hot Pot Dilemma in China, a Muslim Comes to the Rescue

    Being treated to a hot pot meal is one of my most dreaded social situations in China. Hot pot is like Chinese fondue. A large pot of meat stock bubbles in the center of the table, and fresh meat, fish, vegetables and tofu are dropped inside. You dip the cooked foods in a sesame sauce… More ▸

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    An art exhibition dedicated to the Jewish painter Jonasz Stern opened in Western Ukraine. “Returning to Ukraine: View of Silence,” which opened last week in the Lvov National Museum, presents Stern’s works devoted to the Holocaust and the liquidation of the Lvov Ghetto. The exhibition also includes the screening of a film about Stern’s life… More ▸

  • 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 ▸