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  • JTA Earns Four Awards from Jewish Press Group

    JTA garnered three first-place awards from the American Jewish Press Association at its annual meeting this week in Washington, including in the investigative reporting category for the fifth straight year. JTA, which won a total of four 2007 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, also took top honors in the photography category and… More ▸

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    American poet and playwright Lois Roisman, who wrote frequently on Jewish themes, has died. Roisman, who was active in progressive Jewish causes, died June 2 at her home in Lyme, N.H. She was 70. Roisman’s plays included “Nobody’s Gilgul,” which won the Outstanding New Play award at the 1993 Source Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.,… More ▸

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    Israel’s 60th anniversary was celebrated at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. Performances by Miri Ben-Ari, Israel’s “hip-hop violinist,” and three African-American church choirs were among the highlights of the ceremony Tuesday organized by Israel’s New York Consulate and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Michelle Paige Paterson, the wife of New… More ▸

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    Sydney Pollack, the acclaimed director of “Tootsie” and “Out of Africa,” has died. Pollack, who won an Academy Award for “Out of Africa,” died of cancer Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 73. Along with directing numerous hit films and some of the industry’s top stars, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants also… More ▸

  • More Wary Than Concerned, Golan Residents Prep for Fight

    In a cherry orchard on the eastern edge of the Golan Heights, Ronen Gilboa waves in the direction of the Syrian border about a mile away. Like many Golan residents who face the prospect of renewed Syrian rule over the territory in a future Israel-Syria peace deal, Gilboa, 45, shrugs at the news of relaunched… More ▸

  • At Shavuot, Professing a Love of Torah and for the Scroll

    In a knowledge world ruled by books and pages and digitized memory, why do Jews hold onto the scroll? As Shavuot and its focus on receiving the Torah approach, I must ask: Could it be that rolled along together somewhere in our minds with the love of Torah is the love of scroll? We are… More ▸

  • Music from Israel Striking Chord with Jews in U.S.

    Singing in unintelligible gibberish as her hands strike the darbuka drum with frantic intensity, the short, pretty brunette at center stage holds the audience transfixed as she reaches the song’s crescendo. When she sounds her final note, the audience rises for a standing ovation. Though it is her New York debut concert, Israeli singer-songwriter Din… More ▸

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    Watchdog groups are condemning a new anti-evolution film that suggests Darwinism gave rise to Nazism and the Holocaust. “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” a documentary hosted by Jewish television personality Ben Stein, opened in more than 1,000 theaters April 18 and grossed $5.3 million its first 10 days. Produced by Premise Media, which is devoted to… More ▸

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    A Jewish Ukrainian theater director received one of his country’s top honors. Mykhail Reznikovych received the Order of Merit of the first grade from President Victor Yuschenko, who congratulated the director on his 70th birthday at a ceremony Friday in Kiev. Reznikovych has served as the director of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of… More ▸

  • Content of Belgian-sponsored Palestinian Festival Irks Jews

    Belgian Jewish leader Joel Rubinfeld had a queasy feeling last year when he first heard about a state-sponsored Palestinian cultural festival planned for Belgium. Now, he says, his worst suspicions have been confirmed. A preview of the festival last month in Paris featured posters that called for a boycott of Israel and compared Israeli raids… More ▸