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Oct 03rd


Jewish Scrabble Club largest in world

Jewish Scrabble Club largest in world

S-E-T-T-E-E: The word is worth seven points. I put the tiles down on the board wistfully: If only I had an additional S (s-e-t-t-e-e-s). Then I’d rake in 50 points over and above the value of the letters — the regulation bonus for a “bingo” — for using all seven tiles in one turn.

Scrabble. It’s a worldwide phenomenon with a thousand clubs, millions of players and international tournaments around the globe. Ask any serious player at the Sam Orbaum Jerusalem Scrabble Club what word he or she is most proud of ever playing, and eyes twinkle.

“Lacquered,” says Kim Glassman proudly.

It is Tuesday night, the carved-in-stone time of the week when between 50 and 60 Scrabble aficionados gather on the third floor of the Beit Ha’am Municipal Library to match wits over their favorite game.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:28 )


Film about Israeli troops in Gaza wins at Berlin Festival

Film about Israeli troops in Gaza wins at Berlin Festival BERLIN — A feature film about Israeli troops in Gaza won a top independent jury prize at the 63rd annual Berlin International Film Festival. “Rock the Casbah,” by Israeli director Yariv Horowitz, brought home the top prize from the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas. The prize was announced on Feb. 16, a day before the 11-day festival ended. It was one of several films at the festival that dealt with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The jurors unanimously commended Horo...

Skater glides to gold

Skater glides to goldNEW YORK — With consecutive quadruple jumps at the US Figure Skating Championships, Max Aaron launched himself not only to a gold medal and a national championship. The 20-year-old Arizonan also joined the ranks of Jewish athletes who have made it big. For Aaron, that was even more exciting than executing the perfect salchows last month in Omaha, Neb., which moved him from fourth to first in the standings. “I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration,” Aaron told JTA. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:54 )


Meet Brian Bendis, the man who killed Spiderman

Meet Brian Bendis, the man who killed SpidermanNEW YORK — Spiderman heroically dispatched countless foes since he arrived on the scene in 1962. Nearly a half-century later, Brian Michael Bendis managed to kill him. In 2000, Bendis was hired to write Ultimate Spiderman, a modern-day retelling of the classic Spiderman story. More than 10 years, 160 issues and several blockbuster Hollywood adaptations later, Bendis did the unthinkable, killing off the superhero’s famous alter ego, Peter Parker, and replacing him with a half-black, half-Hi...

Itzhak Perlman and the cantor

Itzhak Perlman and the cantorNEW YORK — Who knew the man behind the Brooklyn homecomings of Jay-Z and Barbra Streisand had a thing for heimische melodies? Bruce Ratner, the developer and majority owner of the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, which opened last September with a Jay-Z show and hosted borough native Streisand a month later, holds a special place in his heart for cantorial music. “My parents are both from Eastern European descent, so that type of Jewish music is in my blood,” Ratner told JTA. “I gre...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:41 )

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In 2nd Jerusalem stabbing in hours, Israeli teen wounded

Marcy Oster The 15-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with wounds to his chest and back; two Israeli men were stabbed to death nearby. ... [Link]

New microbrew made from Boston river water — with Israeli tech

Andrew Tobin Desalitech president Nadav Efraty said helping to produce the beer is part of his company’s mission to better the environment. ... [Link]

Malaysian PM cites Jewish sage in defense of Muslim right to Temple Mount

Ron Kampeas The Malaysian prime minister said the Golden Rule could bring Muslims and Jews together. ... [Link]

Jewish doctor’s murder case featured in hourlong ’48 Hours’ episode

Julie Wiener Called “The Doctor’s Daughter,” the show about Dr. Robert Neulander of Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to broadcast nationally on Saturday night. ... [Link]

Netanyahu and Abbas agree: Blame the UN

Ben Sales Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president both accused the world body of neglecting them. ... [Link]

Pink Floyd founder: Bon Jovi stands with ‘settler who burned the baby’

Julie Wiener Waters has published similar open letters in Salon to other performers with Israel gigs , including Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams. ... [Link]

Klezmer musician honored at Library of Congress

Ron Kampeas Michael Alpert was among 15 artists recognized in Congress on Thursday as 2015 National Endowment of the Arts fellows. ... [Link]

Kanye West’s Israel performance was bizarre

Gabe Friedman The rap star garnered a large, enthusiastic crowd outside Tel Aviv but performed alone to a soundtrack on a massive stage. ... [Link]

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