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    An animated documentary about the Lebanon War won best film at Israel’s Academy Awards. “Waltz with Bashir,” which follows director Ari Folman’s attempts to fill in the holes in his memory regarding his army service during the first Lebanon War, took six Ophir Awards Tuesday night. It will be Israel’s entry in the best foreign… More ▸

  • A-listers Turn out for Israel’s Hollywood Bash

    There were Hollywood stars and powerful studio heads, politicians and multinational rappers, Israeli Cabinet ministers and dancers, two dozen Israeli Scouts, a 3-D film segment, a tennis legend, comedians, resounding shofars, electronic fireworks and tables groaning with biblical fruits. They all came out for the Sept. 18 festivities marking Israel’s 60th anniversary and honoring Israeli-born… More ▸

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    Hollywood celebrities marked Israel’s 60th anniversary by honoring an Israeli-born movie producer. Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Jason Alexander, singer Seal and tennis player Serena Williams were among those who attended the Sept. 18 event at Paramount Studios honoring Arnon Milchan, who produced such movies as "Pretty Woman" and "L.A. Confidential," according to the… More ▸

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    A video appearance at a beauty pageant by convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has provoked outrage. The organizer of the “Star of the Year” pageant, held last week in a small town near Rome, showed a film clip of the former SS officer, who greeted the audience and wished good luck to contestants. Priebke,… More ▸

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    A former Israeli Supreme Court justice criticized the government’s record on caring for Holocaust survivors. “We need to take better care of living Holocaust survivors rather than invest extra money in memorializing,” Dalia Dorner said Monday, according to YNet. Dorner, who headed a commission investigating the state’s treatment of survivors, said the government was misuing… More ▸

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    The Argentine Jewish film director Daniel Burman received a prestigious prize from the Vatican at the current Venice film festival. Burman on Tuesday received the Bresson Prize, awarded by the Vatican to filmmakers whose work shows the spiritual meaning of life. Filmmakers such as Giuseppe Tornatore and Wim Wenders have previously received this honor. Monsignor… More ▸

  • Notes from the Gop Convention

    Like her husband, Hadassah Lieberman is backing John McCain for president. On Monday afternoon, she was the featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee fund-raiser and fashion show. But, Lieberman insisted to JTA, that doesn’t mean she’s become a Republican. A global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Lieberman… More ▸

  • At Dnc, Noshing and Schmoozing, Carter Stays Mum and Charlie Wilson’s War

    For the party trying to change the impression that it hasn’t got enough religion, Democrats got maybe a little too much on Sunday. Hundreds of party faithful got dollops of, well, faith in the cavernous Wells Fargo Theater in what organizers repeatedly reassured whoever would listen was the first time a major party convention was… More ▸

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    Israeli film director Amos Gitai was honored at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival. He received the “Leopard of Honor” prize, which pays tribute each year to a major director who is still active. Gitai’s latest film, “One Day You will Understand” was shown as part of the August festival, and a retrospective of several… More ▸

  • For Kampala’s Needy Orphans, Israelis Provide a Shining Light

    Bleak and dusty, the Namuwongo slum stretches along the main rail line that runs through this capital city. Shantytown dwellers who use the tracks as a pedestrian thoroughfare are killed or maimed regularly by passing trains. Yards away, among the wooden shacks, stand the bamboo walls of a kindergarten for some of the slum’s neediest… More ▸