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  • Oscar Buzz Revs Up for Israeli Film

    Joseph Cedar, the Orthodox director of the Oscar-nominated Israeli film “Beaufort,” has resolved a thorny Shabbat dilemma. Traditionally, on the day before the awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds a high-profile public symposium for the five finalists vying for the Oscar for best foreign-language film. This year the symposium is… More ▸

  • Coen Brothers Set to Bring Chabon’s ‘sitka’ to the Screen

    In some ways, it’s a most natural shidduch. There’s Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose best-selling 2007 book, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” marked a turning point in the author’s growing exploration of Jewish themes in his fiction. And Joel and Ethan Coen, the maverick filmmakers whose Jewish sensibility has been evident in countless of… More ▸

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    Lucette Lagnado won the top prize in Jewish literature. Lagnado picked up the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World.” It was the inaugural winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish non-fiction. A fiction prize is awarded… More ▸

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    Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” for the screen. Columbia Pictures has acquired the screen rights for the best-selling novel by acclaimed Jewish novelist Michael Chabon, according to a report in the Hollywood journal Variety. The novel envisions a world in which Israel was destroyed in 1948 and re-established as… More ▸

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    Rotterdam residents are receiving a book about the persecution of the Dutch city’s Jews during World War II. On Jan. 27, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, 260,000 copies of the Holocaust novel “Undeliverable” are to be distributed in Rotterdam, enough for every home, its publisher Gerton Van Boom said Wednesday…. More ▸

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    Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua said in Paris that Jews living in France are “partial Jews.” At a conference sponsored by a French Jewish author lecture group and Yehoshua’s French publishing house, the essayist and novelist said, “I am a total Jew because I live in Israel, but you in France are partial Jews, though one… More ▸

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    Newberry medalist Sidney Fleischman is among the winners of the 2008 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for Jewish children’s literature. The awards were announced last week by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Fleischman’s provocative new Holocaust-themed book, “The Entertainer and the Dybbuk,” for ages 9-12, won the award for older readers. “Fleischman’s new work is imaginative… More ▸

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    A controversial examination of biblical scholarship and literalism was named the Jewish Book of the Year. “How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now,” by James Kugel, an emeritus professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University, earned the Everett Family Foundation honors when the National Jewish Book Council announced its 2007… More ▸

  • Lantos’ Holocaust Experience Suffused His Political Career

    In his 27 years in the U.S. Congress, Rep Tom Lantos had two constituencies — California’s 12th District, encompassing parts of San Francisco and its suburbs, and the ghosts of the Jews who perished in his native Europe. Lantos (D-Calif.) announced his retirement Wednesday, citing a cancer diagnosis. “Routine medical tests have revealed that I… More ▸