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  • 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 ▸

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    An Israeli, Eliahu Inbal, was named chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Inbal, 72, who signed a three-year contract Monday to begin his new position in the fall of 2009, said he will seek a repertoire that balances modern Czech composers with other world talents. Inbal is also the music director of the La… More ▸

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    Al Gore, Tom Stoppard and Amoz Oz are among the 2008 Dan David Prize winners. The winners in each category from three time dimensions — past, present and future — will be presented $1 million prizes in a ceremony in May at Tel Aviv University. Oz, an Israeli author, and Stoppard, a British playwright, share… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸