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  • Obituary Teddy Kollek, Prolific Builder of Jerusalem,

    Teddy Kollek, the longtime Jerusalem mayor who died this week at the age of 95, is being remembered as the most prolific builder of the city since King Herod. The man who in 28 years transformed the Israeli capital from a dusty backwater to an international city of parks, theaters and museums died Tuesday in… More ▸

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    A Toronto-based theater removed a controversial play about a pro-Palestinian activist’s death from the short list for its upcoming season. Martin Bragg, artistic producer for the Canadian Stage Company or CanStage, said “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” was dropped from consideration because it was dramatically weak, not because of its political content. More ▸

  • Heroic Flight Attendant Earns Honor from Russian Jewish Group

    On a doomed flight that would kill dozens, Viktoria Zilberstein risked her life to rescue others. A flight attendant aboard a Russian airliner that crashed July 9 on landing at an airport in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Zilberstein managed to open the emergency hatch in the back of the plane. Her heroics allowed 10… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture U.S. Theaters Pull Turkish Film That ADL Leaders Had Protested

    A Turkish film featuring a venal, bloodstained Jewish doctor has been mysteriously withdrawn from screening in the United States. In “Valley of the Wolves: Iraq,” American actor Gary Busey portrays a Jewish U.S. Army doctor who cuts out the organs of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison and sells them to wealthy clients in New York,… More ▸

  • Coalition Calls on Claims Conference for Larger Israeli Share of Funds, Power

    An Israeli coalition including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset’s pensioner affairs minister is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution decisions. Leaders of the coalition announced Sunday that they were launching a unified effort to… More ▸

  • For Hillel, G.A. is Time to Show New Ways of Reaching Students

    While most other heads of major Jewish organizations were downtown at the Los Angeles Convention Center, hobnobbing in suits before the opening plenary of the North American federation system’s annual gathering, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life was in jeans and a T-shirt, very much on the other side of the… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture ‘bay Mir Bistu Sheyn’ and Other Mysteries Solved in Music Archive

    “Bay mir bistu sheyn” may very well be the most famous of all Yiddish songs. It was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ most popular song of 1938. Renditions have been recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, the Barry Sisters and Rudy Vallee, among other musical luminaries. Yet until recently,… More ▸