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The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

NEW YORK — When it comes to chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume.

But that approach isn’t without its challenges.

Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher chasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast extras for a film but refused upon learning that shooting would take place on Yom Kippur.

“Who told you to hire Jews?” one of the producers said, according to Meyer, though ultimately the shooting was postponed.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 08:53 )

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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on womenBALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role. So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach — a first in NBA history. “Becky’s a special woman, a great pl...
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Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginning

Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginningEditor’s note: In light of the announcement last week that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stepped down from the operations of the franchise due to Alzheimer’s, we reprint this interview with him conducted by IJN Sports Editor Gerald Mellman. The interview appeared in the IJN, June 23, 1989, and is remarkable for its consistency with so much of what has been written about Bowlen since he announced his illness. BRONCOS owner Pat Bowlen, who also doubles as the president and chief execut...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the worldWINNING championships is nothing new for Yochanan Katz, midfielder for the Israeli national lacrosse team that competed last week in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships held in Commerce City, Colo. During his first year playing high school lacrosse in Minnesota in the late 90s — on one of that state’s first six varsity teams — Katz’s talents contributed to his team taking the state championship. A few years later, when he played as a starter for Colorado State ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 04:34 )

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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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