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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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Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire primary, makes Jewish history

Uriel Heilman (JTA) – Bernie Sanders made history Tuesday night when he became the first Jewish candidate in U.S. history to win a presidential primary election. With the vote results in New Hampshire still tric... [Link]

Did Bernie Sanders just steal Joe Lieberman’s Jewish crown?

Ami Eden Bernie Sanders just became the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary. Maybe now he’ll start getting the Joe Lieberman treatment. ... [Link]

Archaeologists say Western Wall plan endangers site

Julie Wiener (JTA) — New construction aimed at providing a space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall would damage “the most important archaeological site for the Jewish people,” a group of Israeli ar... [Link]

Jewish day schools in 2 US cities receive threatening phone calls

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Threats to Jewish day schools in two U.S. cities prompted police investigations a day after Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats. The Perelman Jewish Day School in Lower Merion, P... [Link]

Mayim Bialik puts Jewish modesty aside, flashes Piers Morgan

Andrew Tobin NEW YORK (JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik, a public advocate of her Jewish faith and modesty, showed her cleavage to Piers Morgan on a talk show. On Monday’s “Late Late Show with James Cord... [Link]

UNESCO recognizes Israel’s Aleppo Codex in registry of world treasures

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Aleppo Codex — believed to be the world’s oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible — has been officially recognized as a treasured item by the United Nations Educational Scientifi... [Link]

Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey and Israel seek to improve ties... [Link]

Nevada’s Democratic caucus conflicts with Shabbat

Julie Wiener The country’s third primary election for Democratic candidates is scheduled for Feb. 20, a Saturday, at noon. ... [Link]

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