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Curt Schleier

Israel’s military women fight to get real story on big screen

As Vidi Bilu recalls it, she and Dalia Hager were working on a series they were hoping to sell to Israeli television, when their conversation turned to their experiences in the military. Even in the Holy Land, it is not typical for women \”to talk about their memories of the army,\” she says. But the chat got them thinking that their experiences might make a good film.

Finding Harmony in Interfaith Dating

There\’s a serious note to Oren Safdie\’s musical comedy, \”Jews & Jesus\” — his own life. Safdie, 38, drew on his interfaith dating experiences to write the play about two religiously mixed couples trying to walk the fine line between tradition and emotion, love and guilt. Debra (Iris Bahr), the child of a mixed marriage, travels to Israel, where she meets an American rabbinical student (Griffin Shaw) struggling against the temptation of premarital sex.

My Auschwitz Spoon Chanukah

One of the items I smuggled out of Auschwitz, when the Nazis moved me into Camp Number Eight — a quarantine camp, for those suspected of carrying typhus — was my spoon.

What Happened to Them?

Over the years, I have listened to the stories of hundreds of such Jews. No two are alike. Given the prejudice against religious belief with which they grew up and in which they were educated, each Jew who becomes religious is a miracle.

Praying for Southern Baptists

I\’m not surprised that Southern Baptists are praying for the conversion of the Jews. I\’m praying for Southern Baptists. I pray that they see how hypocritical and offensive it is for them to say they love Jews and in the same breath trash our religion.

Groundbreaking Cinema

In \”Hit and Runway,\” a straight Italian-American naif teams up with a gay Jew to write a screenplay. In \”Aimee & Jaguar,\” a Jewish woman and a Nazi\’s wife begin a torrid affair. In \”Man is a Woman,\” a gay man marries a woman, a Yiddish singer, who has never known a man.

Celebrating A Miracle

If you need proof that miracles still happen in this world, look no further than Benjamin Kadish.

Around Town

Recently, The Journal caught up with three comics whose Judaism informs their act and whose career informs their Judaism. Cathy Ladman quips about her intermarriage; Mark Schiff brings his comic pals to perform at an Orthodox shul fund-raiser; and Larry Miller views stand-up as Talmudic discourse.

The October Dilemma

For many Jewish parents, who associate the holiday with demons, death and wickedness, as well as with Christianity, Halloween is problematic.


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