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‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

LOS ANGELES — Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg isn’t bothered seeing his years of struggle and triumph portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold,” a new drama based on Schoenberg’s recovery of a world famous painting looted by the Nazis from its Jewish owners.

The movie focuses on the relationship between Maria Altmann, the elderly descendant of one of the wealthiest and most prominent Jewish families in Vienna, and a young, unproven lawyer who took on the Austrian and American governments to recover what was then the most expensive painting in the world.

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Book review: Lincoln and the Jews

Book review: Lincoln and the Jews PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION C PAGE 12 THOUGH NONE are alive today to tell the tale, American denizens of the 19th century knew it as a period in which it was not only common, but frequently fashionable, to be anti-Semitic. Newspapers frequently included anti-Semitic, or at least anti-Judaic, epithets in their editorial columns. Otherwise sensible politicians, from backwoods legislators all the way to Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant, openly orated or wrote anti-Semitic screeds....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:20 )

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Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel

Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” a movie limited to a courtroom and the waiting area outside the courtroom, tells the story of a secular Israeli woman seeking a divorce (get) from her religious husband Elisha. She became engaged at age 15 and now has four children. Viviane stopped loving her husband a long time ago and left him before the film begins. Her trial continues for five years — and then some. The brother-sister team of Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (Ronit plays Viviane) are th...
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Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish roots

Guitarist of Jefferson Airplane finds his Jewish rootsNEW YORK — Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released “Ain’t In No Hurry,” his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received from his Jewish grandmother. On the eve of Jefferson Airplane’s 50th anniversary, the 74-year-old Kaukonen, who lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife, a Jew-by-choice, talked to...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:01 )

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"24 Days:" new film retells the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi

“24 Days” is not a film for those seeking light-hearted comedy or a nostalgic view of a time gone by. It’s a film that tells the horrific story of the 2006 kidnap, torture and subsequent murder of an engaging, attractive young Jewish French man, Ilan Halimi. The film doesn’t hide from the raw emotions of Halimi’s family. This is a film, particularly in the context of rising anti-Semitism in France, which everyone should see.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:00 )

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Israel, IDB sign cooperation agreement for R&D, trade

Marcy Oster Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands, annually funds some $12 billion in projects. ... [Link]

Hollande: Paris Jewish center answers doubts on French Jewry’s future

Cnaan Liphshiz The French president offered possible rebuke of Netanyahu’s call for emigration while honoring the president of the European Jewish Congress. ... [Link]

Polish web surfers decry post of offensive photo of Majdanek

Marcy Oster The Ukrainian teen who posted the photo on Facebook apologized to Poles who felt offended. ... [Link]

United Church for Christ to divest from companies working in West Bank

Ron Kampeas Following the United Church of Christ overwhelming vote to divest from companies working in the West Bank, the Episcopal and Mennonite churches are considering similar measures this week. ... [Link]

Obama admin. will ignore ‘Israel-controlled territories’ in anti-BDS law

Ron Kampeas The trade bill passed by Congress and signed by the president explicitly includes “persons doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories” as illegitimate targets for boycotts. ... [Link]

Iran nuclear talks extended a week

Ron Kampeas The talks between Iran and the world powers, which were to have arrived at a final deal by Tuesday, have been extended until July 7. ... [Link]

Franch, Israeli teams meet on combating anti-Semitism

Ron Kampeas French and Israeli officials met in Paris to discuss how best to combat racism and anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Lawyer in Bank of China lawsuit named to close Gitmo

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel. ... [Link]

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