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  • Op-ed: the Bush I Know

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will watch Monday night as the grandsons of Harry Truman and David Ben-Gurion light a menorah on the State Floor of the White House. It will be the eighth year the president has devoted an evening to celebrate Chanukah, and more than 600 Jewish friends and guests will… More ▸

  • Engaging Young Hungarian Jews

    When hundreds of young Hungarian Jews gathered last month for the latest Limmud offering around the world, they were partaking in yet another cutting-edge Jewish activity offered in this city. In some ways, young Hungarian Jews have been spoiled by the increasing number of initiatives aimed at providing positive Jewish experiences. But the third Limmud-Keset… More ▸

  • Broadway Boss Gerald Schoenfeld Dies

    Broadway impresario Gerald Schoenfeld, one of the most influential figures in the theater world, has died. Shubert is the largest theater-owning enterprise in the United States, owning and operating more than a dozen Broadway theaters in addition to venues in Boston, Washington and Philadelphia. Schoenfeld took over the organization at a time when New York’s… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center can build its long-planned Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli Supreme Court gave its approval eight years after the initial announcement that famed architect Frank Gehry would design the landmark museum and four years after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Israeli and California dignitaries was… 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 ▸

  • Rioting in Akko Demonstrates Tinderbox of Arab-jewish Ties

    The rioting in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko, which erupted after an Arab man drove through a Jewish neighborhood on Yom Kippur, shows just how combustible Arab-Jewish relations in Israel are. Yet after four successive nights of clashes, in which rampaging Arabs stoned Jewish-owned shops and cars as Jewish mobs torched Arab homes, there… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Labor would be the senior partner in a new government, according to a draft coalition agreement reportedly sent on by Kadima. Associates of Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni reportedly passed the draft agreement Sunday to the Labor Party. Israeli media are reporting that the agreement will serve as the basis for continuing talks between the ruling… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Israeli composer and accordion master performed in Beijing. “I am not sure if the audience totally understood our performance,” Boris Malkovsky said after his folk group’s first show Sunday in the 2008 World Folk Song Music Festival at the National Center for the Performing Arts, also known as “The Egg.” Malkovsky performed a matinee… 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 ▸

  • Port Townsend: Where Hippies Go to Die (and Daven?)

    Soon after Robbie and Hilary Metzger moved to this small Pacific Northwest town in 1982, they wondered what to do on Yom Kippur. “Why don’t we climb Mount Zion?” Hilary suggested. Kids in tow, the Metzger and Saran families hiked up the mountain, fasting the whole time. This Yom Kippur, more than 25 years later,… More ▸