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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 ▸

  • 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 ▸