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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 after that initial 2012 screening.

But what at times seems chronologically confusing, ultimately makes a perfectly composed elegy.

IJN Assistant Publisher Shana R. Goldberg and Senior Writer Andrea Jacobs share their dialogue of “Welcome to Kutsher’s.”

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

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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.
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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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Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaksBALTIMORE — Jeffrey Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, is experiencing a first: his team playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, which opened June 3 in Florida against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Under previous owners, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.) As of press time, the Lightning was leading the series 2-1. Further games are scheduled for June 10, 13, 15 and 17, though the final two will only be played if necessary. Last month, Vinik and his wife, P...
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Are the NBA finals lose-lose for Blatt?

Are the NBA finals lose-lose for Blatt?NEW YORK — After the last game of an impressive series sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt talked with broadcaster Ernie Johnson in front of an arena of joyous hometown fans. “So let’s be honest,” Johnson said. “This hasn’t always been easy this year, David. But to be standing here, going to the finals, just tell me how that feels to you tonight.” “Well, we’re in Cleveland,” Blatt said with a smile. “Nothing is easy here.”...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )

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Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

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As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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