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    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 ▸

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    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 ▸

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    Hundreds in London rallied for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the marchers Sunday and was among 1,000 Britons who signed a New Year’s card for Shalit. The cards were sent through the Israeli Embassy in London and the British Zionist Federation. The International Red Cross promised… More ▸

  • Engaging in Diplomacy with Iran is a Sensible, Responsible Policy

    Few people will be moved or impressed by the now predictable denunciations and protests set to greet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he arrives Monday to New York. The political campaigns will try to score points for their candidates and administration officials will talk tough. Jewish community groups have organized their due-diligence demonstrations. All the… 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 ▸

  • Chinese Students Greet Olympians with ‘shalom’ and Israeli Flags

    Clutching Israeli flags, the young Chinese students greeted the Israeli Olympic swimmers with shouts of “shalom” as the athletes visited their elementary school here this week. The Shi Jia Primary School was assigned Israel as part of a citywide program of partnerships between schools and Olympic countries. In preparation, the school spent the past two… More ▸

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    Estelle Getty, who gained acclaim as the acerbic Sophia on the “The Golden Girls,” has died. Getty, who had suffered from dementia for years, died Tuesday. She was 84. She was born Estelle Scher on July 25, 1923, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Polish-Jewish immigrants. Her show business career started in the Yiddish theater,… 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 ▸