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  • Fallout from Political Theater Unclear As Nuclear Issue Remains Unresolved

    The high political theater surrounding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York this week triggered plenty of protests, headlines and debates. But it remains unclear if, even after all the exertions this week, the international community has inched any closer to resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s Jewish critics gathered Monday in… More ▸

  • Uzbek Theater Director’s Murder Not Being Seen As Anti-semitism

    A well-known Jewish theater director murdered in Uzbekistan may have been a victim of nationalists or homophobes, a distant relative and Tashkent Jews say, rather than anti-Semitism. Mark Vail, who founded the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent in the mid-1970s when Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union, died after being stabbed and brutally beaten on… More ▸

  • Hillel Moves to Campus, Private Sector in Former Soviet Union

    The hip-hop music was the same, as were the Israeli flags, the “boker tov” wake-up call and the close-knit, friendly atmosphere born of years spent together in Jewish summer camps. But a recent Hillel leadership conference in this northern suburb of St. Petersburg differed from similar gatherings in North America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways…. More ▸

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    A famous Jewish theater director was killed in the Uzbek capital. Mark Vail, founder of Tashkent’s Ilhom theater, was assaulted last Friday evening at the entrance to his apartment building, stabbed and had his skull broken. He was pronounced dead at the hospital several hours later. Vail had been an outspoken critic of the cultural… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Rabbi Judah Nadich, the longtime rabbi at The Park Avenue Synagogue-Agudat Yesharim in New York City, died Sunday. He was 95. Nadich served at Park Avenue, one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the country, from 1957 until 1987, according to his successor and the current spiritual leader, Rabbi David Lincoln. Nadich also served a… More ▸

  • Russia Hillel Finally Hires a Director: Can She Heal an Ailing Agency?

    Leia Berlin apparently harbors no illusions about the difficulties she is facing as the new permanent country director for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Russia. “I’m a little overwhelmed, to tell the truth,” she says, laughing. It’s no wonder. After all, Berlin is responsible for revamping what is widely seen as a… More ▸

  • Slain Soldier Known As ‘g.i. Jew’ is Mourned in South Florida

    The Army had big plans for Daniel Agami when he returned from Iraq. “They were going to use his talents and center an advertising campaign around him as an ambassador for the United States Army,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Maddox Jr., a casualty assistance officer. “The campaign was slated to commence in three months when… More ▸

  • JTA Series on Unrwa Wins Top Jewish Journalism Award

    JTA earned six journalism awards at last week’s gathering of the American Jewish Press Association in San Francisco. The Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, established in 1980, recognizes outstanding journalism in 14 categories. For the fourth year in a row, JTA took top honors in the investigative reporting category with a five-part… More ▸

  • Babs in Deutschland: Germany Kvells over Streisand Concert

    For the first time in her 47-year career, Barbra Streisand performed in Germany. Berliners loved her–and she gave them love back. The event was a long time coming for the 65-year-old performer, who reportedly once said she never wanted to set foot in the country responsible for the Holocaust. But standing onstage at the Nazi-era,… More ▸

  • With Few Trappings of a Blockbuster, Slow Start for Pearl Film Not Surprising

    It was perhaps of little surprise that “A Mighty Heart” had a modest opening. The film about the search for slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, which opened Friday, has few of the markers of a Hollywood blockbuster. It is a distinctly low-budget affair, shot in a documentary style on location in India and… More ▸