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With ‘Story of the Jews,’ Schama returns to this roots

With ‘Story of the Jews,’ Schama returns to this roots

BOSTON — For decades, Simon Schama has dazzled the public with epic books and popular television documentaries on topics ranging from Rembrandt to the French Revolution.

The famed British-born historian garnered an International Emmy with his 2006 television series “The Power of Art,” while his book Rough Crossings, about escaped slaves who joined the British cause during the American Revolution, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

But not since his earliest writings had Schama, a professor of art history and history at Columbia University in New York, focused on Jewish topics.

With “The Story of the Jews,” the 69-year-old Schama is returning to his Jewish roots in what is perhaps his most personal work.

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For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, too

For ‘The Hockey Maven,’ it’s all about the game — and Israel, tooUNIONDALE, NY — As the Boston Bruins buzz the Islanders net throughout the opening period of a game at the Nassau Coliseum, Stan Fischler is standing 10 feet behind the Plexiglas to the left of New York goaltender Kevin Poulin. Fischler, a hockey broadcaster for four decades, can feel the rattling boards of forechecking Bruins. There’s no place he’d rather be. Providing New York-area hockey fans with a bird’s-eye view and expert analysis is what Fischler, 81, has done on broadcasts of...
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Denverite to direct film starring Bruce Dern

Denverite to direct film starring Bruce DernANY writer knows that one of the hardest things to accomplish these days is selling a book. Another, perhaps even more daunting task, is getting an actual movie made. Arnie Grossman, a Denver author and screenwriter, has now done both. He is also directing the movie he wrote, “The Boat Builder,” which will star Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern. When asked how he has now managed to accomplish what he has only dreamed of doing, he says, “I have to admit there was some kind of alignment of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:42 )

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Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh light

Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh lightLOS ANGELES — For cinematic observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this is a banner year, with both sides choosing Oscar submissions that center on the Israeli occupation. Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish state, was eliminated early by the Academy Awards selection committee. The Palestinian “Omar” is among the five finalists among foreign language films. Although it is considered a long shot to ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:56 )

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Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentary

Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentaryLOS ANGELES — When French director Claude Lanzmann finished filming and editing his eight-hour epic “Shoah” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man. The man was Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish council, or Judenrat, in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the only Nazi-installed “elder of the Jews” not killed during the Holocaust. Compressed into the 3 1/2-hour documentary “The Last of the Unjust,” t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:56 )

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Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

Ben Sales Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas as neo-Nazis, IDF’s door knock, Auschwitz inmate’s germ resistance

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

Soundtrack to the war

Uriel Heilman Three videos, of Israeli toddlers during a rocket drill, of Israeli soldiers getting psyched for battle and of a father and son singing together, offer an alternative soundtrack for the Israel-Gaza co... [Link]

3 senators urge Obama to let Israel neutralize Hamas ahead of cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Three senators urged President Obama to ensure that Israel removes Hamas’ military threat before a cease-fire is in place. ... [Link]

Shelling on U.N. building in Gaza serving as shelter kills at least 15

Marcy Oster At least 15 people were killed and 200 injured when a shell hit a U.N. school in northern Gaza serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians. ... [Link]

Ban orders review following allegations UNRWA gave rockets back to Hamas

Ron Kampeas U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commissioned a review of U.N. practices for relocating weapons found on its premises following reports that rockets found in an UNRWA school were returned to Hamas. ... [Link]

Relocate nationals from near Gaza border, Thai embassy asks

Marcy Oster The Thai embassy in Tel Aviv asked the Israeli government to relocate Thai nationals working in southern Israel near the Gaza border. ... [Link]

150 Palestinians detained in raids on southern Gaza

Marcy Oster Israeli troops in southern Gaza arrested 150 Palestinians, dozens of whom surrendered voluntarily to the soldiers. ... [Link]

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