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Nov 27th


Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in Israel

Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in Israel

JERUSALEM — The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke.

The bleachers were cut from Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. The spectators who had come to greet a tour of Pro Football Hall of Famers sat in plastic armchairs that blocked off the red zones and end zones, with nothing separating them from the game played at midfield.

The players — diminutive by National Football League standards — wore shorts and no padding.

Rather than tackle, they grabbed at flags tied around each others’ waists.

It wasn’t your typical American-style football game, but at least it smelled about right.


1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexistedA one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one year before WW I, which led to the end of Ottoman rule over Palestine and the subsequent British Mandate there. The film’s opening scene in Jerusalem presents an almost idyllic scene where Muslims, Christians and Jews shared libations in small cafes and beamed as their children danced together.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:33 )


Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort

Welcome to Kutsher's — the last Catskills resort A documentary 10 years in the making, “Welcome to Kutsher’s” started off as a testament to a once booming Borscht Belt hotel that had fallen on hard times. It was initially screened at the New York Jewish Film Festival in 2012; soon after, the ailing behemoth permanently shut its doors in 2013. The film is written like an obituary, but missing the painful, obligatory sentence: Kutsher’s is no longer. That’s reserved for the film’s final segment, which was added to film sometime af...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:53 )


Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'

Helen Mirren honored for role in 'Woman in Gold'NEW YORK — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren accepted an award for helping to educate the public about the issues surrounding Nazi-looted art. On June 19, the World Jewish Congress presented Mirren with its Recognition Award, which honors those working on behalf of the Jewish people, at a ceremony at New York’s Neue Galerie.

Book review: ‘Holocaust in Crete’

Book review: ‘Holocaust in Crete’How does one mourn a double tragedy, an irony-laden incident from more than seven decades ago in which  a group of people bound for almost certain death — Jews aboard a ship taking them to Nazi slave and death camps — experience death from an unexpected but no less lethal source — a British submarine whose captain apparently didn’t know that the ship he targeted was full of civilians? How does one mourn the virtual extinction of an entire people, the small but ancient Jewish community ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:02 )

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Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians hurt in various skirmishes

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From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

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Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

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Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

The ‘Kate Middleton effect’ on synagogue fashion

Lucy Cohen Blatter Why the ornate headpieces known as fascinators are all the rage among stylish observant women. ... [Link]

Jewish disability advocate chides Trump for mocking reporter

Ron Kampeas Jay Ruderman offered to provide the Republican frontrunner with sensitivity training after he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. ... [Link]

Hasidic Jews tackle drunk man outside Australian synagogue

Ben Harris Online video shows the man screaming at a group Hasidic Jews, who pinned him to the ground after a scuffle. ... [Link]

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