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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 ▸

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    A reprint of the famous of Sarajevo Haggadah made its debut at the Bosnian capital’s national theater. The publisher, Rabic book house, reprinted the Sarajevo Haggadah in Bosnian and English and presented it Saturday. The original Sarajevo Haggadah was written by an unknown author in Barcelona, Spain, between 1350 and 1370. The Haggadah was known… More ▸

  • Sixty Years of Successes, Despite Israel’s Craziness

    – Being in Israel in the 21st century, one often wonders what Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, would think of this modern-day state if he could see it. The malarial swamps of prestate Palestine have been replaced by rapidly growing cities with glitzy shopping districts, carefully landscaped parks and six-lane highways that run between… More ▸

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    Prominent Jews will have a chance to contribute to a major summit on Australia’s future, despite its clash with Passover. Following protests by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd agreed to hold a pre-summit meeting for 50 eminent Jews so the community could be involved in the 2020 Summit being held… More ▸

  • The other Frank girl

    The New Jersey Jewish News reports on a new musical comedy that looks at life in the annex from the perspective of Anne Frank’s little sister. (What’s next – “Long Night,” a comic romp on Auschwitz from the perspective of an inmate having to listen to Elie Wiesel moralize all the time?): What if Margot,… More ▸

  • Trip Flap Has Netanyahu Claiming a Smear Campaign by Foes

    Two years after Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Britain to defend Israel, the opposition leader and former prime minister is defending himself. An Israeli television expose over the weekend revealed that Netanyahu rang up a sizable bill while on a speaking tour of London during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Channel 10 reported that the weeklong… More ▸

  • With the Outcome Predetermined, Turnout Only Question in Russia Vote

    As Dmitry Medvedev swept to a widely anticipated landslide in Russia’s presidential elections Monday, Russian Jews greeted the outcome with sentiments ranging from overwhelming support for the Medvedev-Putin team to anger and frustration at the lack of real choices in the vote. Even before the official tally was released, preliminary results from the Central Election… More ▸

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    Israel’s armed forces are ready for a new war, should one erupt, Ehud Olmert said. Addressing cadets at the military officers’ academy Wednesday, the Israeli prime minister noted that many of them enlisted after the inconclusive 2006 war in Lebanon against Hezbollah. “Today I know that should we be called upon, God forbid, to engage… More ▸

  • Oscar Buzz Revs Up for Israeli Film

    Joseph Cedar, the Orthodox director of the Oscar-nominated Israeli film “Beaufort,” has resolved a thorny Shabbat dilemma. Traditionally, on the day before the awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds a high-profile public symposium for the five finalists vying for the Oscar for best foreign-language film. This year the symposium is… More ▸