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May 27th


Itzhak Perlman: The man behind the strings

Itzhak Perlman: The man behind the strings

STAFFERS AT the Four Seasons Hotel, where celebrities assume false names to throw off the media and fans, reciprocate awed pleasure when you ask for Itzhak Perlman.

“Of course, Mr. Perlman,” a front clerk beams. “I’ll have someone personally take you to the Elm Room.”

The Intermountain Jewish News has arrived ahead of its noon appointment with the preeminent violinist. Downtown traffic is tricky, and time is limited.

Perlman can give us only 20 minutes.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:19 )


Dark charisma of 'Son of Saul'

Dark charisma of 'Son of Saul'BERLIN — When the Hungarian-Jewish poet Geza Rohrig agreed to play the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” he knew he was taking on a daunting challenge. With very little acting experience, Rohrig, 48, agreed to portray the complex lead in a shoestring production by a director who had never before made a full-length feature.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:00 )


Jewish teen comes up short for ping pong Olympic dream

NEW YORK — A Jewish teen from suburban New York City came up short in her bid to make the US Olympics table tennis team and did not compete in the trials on Shabbat. Estee Ackerman, a 14-year-old freshman at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls in Queens, lost matches for two consecutive days at the trials last week in Greensboro, NC. The three-day trials finished on Saturday, Feb. 6, the Jewish Sabbath. “I know my decision is the right one because, in life, I will always keep Jud...

Best of the Jewish Film Fest

Best of the Jewish Film FestFor 19 years, the Denver Jewish Film Festival has been a highlight on the arts and culture calendar. Through documentaries and feature films, the festival provides a peek into myriad worlds, be they Israeli society, American Jewish pop culture or French-Jewish life. This year, its 20th, is no different. The line-up promises engaged viewing and discussion. Before the festival, IJN staff reviewed four of this year’s films. The festival kicks off Feb. 10. All screenings are at the Elaine Wolf T...

Simcha built Kazan, Russia on rock n' roll

Simcha built Kazan, Russia on rock n' rollKAZAN, Russia — When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of Moscow. But that’s exactly what happened in 1995 when this popular ensemble — founded in 1989 by Jewish musicians during the Soviet Union’s twilight years — entered the Teacher’s House, a government-controlled building that had once been a synagogu...
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UN group calls for probe into alleged Israeli health violations

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The World Health Organization called for an investigation into alleged “mental, physical and environmental health” abuses by Israel. Cosponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Pales... [Link]

Man charged for murder of Jewish law professor Dan Markel

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Florida police charged a man for the murder of Dan Markel, a Jewish law professor shot outside his home in 2014. Tallahassee police on Thursday arrested Sigfredo Garcia, 34, and charged hi... [Link]

On Lag B’Omer in Israel, hundreds injured, forest fires rage and cats are threatened

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — Bonfires lit up Israel during the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, resulting in hundreds of injuries and possibly igniting a blaze in Jerusalem that forced the evacuation of dozens ... [Link]

Robert Kraft urges Yeshiva U grads to have ‘wildly improbable dreams,’ like owning the Patriots

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — In a Hebrew-laced Yeshiva University commencement address, Robert Kraft recounted his dream of owning the New England Patriots and urged graduates to have their own “wildly impro... [Link]

NY Times editor calls out Donald Trump for ignoring supporters’ anti-Semitic tweets

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — A New York Times editor who has received a deluge of anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Donald Trump is calling on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to denounce the inv... [Link]

Holocaust refugee known for anti-Israel activism dies at 91

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust refugee whose sharp criticism of Israel — including comparing the state to the Nazis — drew controversy, has died at 91. Epstein died at her home in St. Louis ... [Link]

Hezbollah is broke thanks to US sanctions, says White House official

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Non-nuclear U.S. sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in “its worst financial shape in decades,” the top sanctions enforcement official told ... [Link]

NJ court rules $11M state grant to yeshiva unconstitutional

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A New Jersey court has ruled unconstitutional state grants to two religious institutions — including $10.6 million to one of North America’s largest haredi Orthodox yeshivas. The ruling... [Link]

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