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1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

A one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire.

“1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one year before WW I, which led to the end of Ottoman rule over Palestine and the subsequent British Mandate there.

The film’s opening scene in Jerusalem presents an almost idyllic scene where Muslims, Christians and Jews shared libations in small cafes and beamed as their children danced together.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:33 )

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Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort

Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resortA documentary 10 years in the making, “Welcome to Kutsher’s” started off as a fundraising project in an 11th-hour effort to help the once booming Borscht Belt hotel that had fallen on hard times. The fundraising failed; the ailing behemoth shut its doors in 2013. The film is written like an obituary, but missing the painful, obligatory sentence: Kutsher’s is no longer. That’s reserved for the film’s final segment. But what at times seems chronologically confusing, ultimately makes ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 15:25 )

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Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'

Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'NEW YORK — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art. On June 19, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Galerie.
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Book review: ‘Holocaust in Crete’

Book review: ‘Holocaust in Crete’How does one mourn a double tragedy, an irony-laden incident from more than seven decades ago in which  a group of people bound for almost certain death — Jews aboard a ship taking them to Nazi slave and death camps — experience death from an unexpected but no less lethal source — a British submarine whose captain apparently didn’t know that the ship he targeted was full of civilians? How does one mourn the virtual extinction of an entire people, the small but ancient Jewish community ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:02 )

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaksBALTIMORE — Jeffrey Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, is experiencing a first: his team playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, which opened June 3 in Florida against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Under previous owners, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.) As of press time, the Lightning was leading the series 2-1. Further games are scheduled for June 10, 13, 15 and 17, though the final two will only be played if necessary. Last month, Vinik and his wife, P...
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Ron Kampeas Groups opposed to same-sex marriage worry that they could lose their tax-exempt status or become subject to discrimination lawsuits. ... [Link]

Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

Gabe Friedman The iconic Catskills resort — the inspiration for “Dirty Dancing” — will be turned into a health & wellness center. ... [Link]

Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem vandalized for second time

Marcy Oster Swastikas and anti-Arab graffiti were spray-painted on the walls of the school, which was set on fire in a November arson attack. ... [Link]

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