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‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

BOSTON — There’s nothing like a star-studded Hollywood movie to shine a light on a little-known piece of history.

That’s the hope of Robert Edsel, who wrote the book that inspired “The Monuments Men,” the George Clooney-Matt Damon film that opens today, Feb. 7, in theaters across the country.

The all-star cast also includes Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.

Clooney, who directed the film, teamed to write and produce it with Grant Heslov, bringing together the duo who produced last year’s Oscar winner for best picture, “Argo.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 08:14 )

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Israelis at Olympics

Israelis at OlympicsHACKENSACK, NJ — Evgeni Krasnapolsky and Andrea Davidovich glide around the ice, shadowing one another to the accompaniment of Nino Rota’s “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.” At a rink in this New York City suburb, the figure-skating pair are refining their long program a few weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening today, Feb. 7. Krasnapolsky, 25, and Davidovich, 16, are practicing their choreographed hand holding, lifts and throws at the indoor Ice House complex, wh...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:12 )

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Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murder

Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murderSAINTE-GENEVIEVE-DES-BOIS, France — The phone calls from Africa, the calm demeanor of the suspects and their extreme caution left no doubt in the minds of detectives working the Ilan Halimi case: They were up against an international ring of professional kidnappers. It would be more than three weeks after Halimi’s abduction, when the young Jewish phone salesman was found dying on a suburban Paris field in February, 2006, that police finally realized their mistake: A gang of local amateurs h...
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Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’Shvat

Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’ShvatLOS ANGELES — While my neighbors were putting their Christmas trees to the curb, in what seems like a ritual of replacement, I was preparing to plant for Tu b’Shvat. My friend Freda recently presented me a cutting from an Angel’s trumpet — a small tree with beautiful, large, pendulous white flowers that grows in her yard — and to observe the New Year of the Trees on Jan. 16, I wanted to get it in the ground. Looking around the garage for a shovel, I wondered if there were a Jewish ce...

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2014 03:47 )

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At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA’s leading scorer

At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA’s leading scorerPHILADELPHIA — Fittingly, Harvey Pollack was the one who scribbled the number 100 on the most famous photograph in basketball history: Wilt Chamberlain holding the piece of paper signifying his astounding point total in a 1962 game for the then Philadelphia Warriors. After all, Pollack is basketball’s ultimate numbers and public relations man. But the scrawling is hardly Pollack’s sole legacy in a nearly seven-decade career in basketball. He was the first to track a player’s blocked s...
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First female rabbi, Regina Jonas, commemorated at Terezin site

mbrodsky A memorial plaque to Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi, was unveiled at the former Nazi concentration camp Terezin in the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

Two Palestinians killed in mass protest north of Jerusalem

Ron Kampeas At least two Palestinians were killed at a mass demonstration at a crossing north of Jerusalem being held against Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. ... [Link]

Israeli soccer team attacked in Austria

Marcy Oster Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters. ... [Link]

West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

Marcy Oster Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Isra... [Link]

Presidents Conference convening national solidarity day for Israel

Ron Kampeas The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is convening an Israel solidarity event in Washington for Jewish leaders. ... [Link]

IDF soldiers arrested for leaking casualty information on WhatsApp

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were arrested for using the text-messaging service WhatsApp to leak information on Gaza casualties. ... [Link]

Jewish deputy PM Groysman to serve as Ukraine’s acting prime minister

Ron Kampeas Volodymyr Groysman is the acting prime minister of Ukraine until its parliament elects an interim prime minister to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who resigned. ... [Link]

Joe Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

Ron Kampeas Joseph Lieberman, the longtime U.S. senator from Connecticut, will teach this school year at Yeshiva University in a position named for him. ... [Link]

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