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  • Two Jewish-themed Films Pick Up Oscar Nominations

    Two films with Jewish themes were nominated for Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. Israel’s entry “Beaufort” and Austria’s “The Counterfeiters” were among five films to receive the nod Tuesday in the category from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24 at the Kodak… More ▸

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    Two films with Jewish themes were nominated for Academy Awards. Israel’s entry “Beaufort” and Austria’s “The Counterfeiters” were among five films to receive the nod Tuesday in the Foreign Language Film category from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Los… More ▸

  • Freshman Jewish Congressman Leads Obama Charge in N.h.

    Paul Hodes spent most of Monday talking about Barack Obama. It’s a subject the freshman New Hampshire congressman, and the state’s first Jewish congressional representative, has been addressing a lot lately. In July, Hodes became an early supporter of Obama’s presidential candidacy at a time when the Illinois senator was still considered a longshot to… More ▸

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    Israel’s Conservative seminary will restore a historic Tel Aviv building as a new center for pluralistic Jewish learning. The Schechter Center for Jewish Culture will be located in the neighborhood of Neve Tzedek in a building with a rich history. In its different incarnations, the building has been a well-known coffee house frequented by famed… More ▸

  • On Their Island Paradise, Tahitian Jews Make Do

    Bright morning sunlight illuminates the synagogue floor as Francois Yonah Poul sits alone in a dark corner wrapped in a tallit and tefillin. Praying in the Quarter Fariipiti of the bustling port city of Papeete, the 48-year-old Poul is among those trying to keep the Jewish community alive on this exotic, 400-square-mile island in the… More ▸

  • Serb Extremism on Rise, but Jewish Life Flourishing

    Avram Israel, a Jew, is worshiped in this capital city. That may seem surprising in a country where an extreme right-wing, xenophobic party leads in voter support and neo-Nazi activity is rising. Yet when the smartly dressed Israel enters an overcrowded cafe across from the National Theater, he automatically is seated in the cordoned-off VIP… More ▸

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    The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies is opening its new $55 million facility in Chicago this week. The 10-story building, featuring a dramatic faceted wall of 726 pieces of glass and located next to the institute’s former home, a 100-year-old renovated office building on Michigan Avenue, will open Friday to the public. The design already… More ▸

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    Two Israeli movie theaters paid damages to a group of Israeli army reservists after screening a controversial documentary. The Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cinemas this week paid $10,000 total in compensation to five former soldiers who had sued them for screening “Jenin, Jenin,” which insinuates the army committed war crimes during 2002 fighting in the… More ▸

  • Annapolis Provides Historic Backdrop to Latest Peace Push

    Three-and-a-half centuries ago, on a late day in March 1655, across the river from this city, soldiers waged the final battle of the English civil war , a war that led to the beheading of King Charles I. This week, as George W. Bush, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas prepare for their upcoming summit in… More ▸

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    A new study of German teens shows clear signs of anti-Jewish sentiments. In talks with teens around Germany, the Berlin-based Amadeu-Antonio Foundation, which works against racism and xenophobia, found that a large number of the teens believed Jews must have done something to deserve being persecuted during the Third Reich. The results of the study,… More ▸