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Michael Aushenker

Celebrating Israel’s50th

The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare in-gathering of major Hollywood celebrities, Jewish communal officals and organizational leaders has come together to mark Israel\’s first half century.


It\’s Friday night, and you\’re at the table for another week\’s end. A Shabbat dinner like any other — wine, challah and blessings partaken amid some gregarious company. Oh, and the predominant language spoken here is Russian.

Love, Jewish-American Style

Despite the abundance of Jewish filmmakers in the entertainment industry, Jewish Americans fall somewhere ahead of Asian-Americans and well below Anglo- and African-Americans as a group represented on celluloid. And no one is more aware of that than film historian and author Harry Medved, whose \”Cinema Beshert: Meeting Your Mate at the Movies\” film series at the University of Judaism focuses on love,Jewish-American style.

Brooks And Reiner in the Year 2000

\”Send in the Jews!\” Mel Brooks shouted, throwing the floodgatesopen for the scores of fans who valiantly fought the drizzle lastWednesday evening, Nov. 19, to meet him and his \”Your Show of Shows\”partner-in-crime, Carl Reiner.


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