A Cinematic Salute to Israel

For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel\’s 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history.

Feting CBS President

Television and film star George Clooney presents Leslie Moonves with the Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award.\n

A Jewish New Wave

Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series \”Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film,\” airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC, CalArts, Loyola Marymount and the AmericanFilm Institute. Ranging in length from three to 32 minutes, theentries include dramas, documentaries and animation.

From Operaman to Leading Man

In \’The Wedding Singer,\’ Adam Sandlerproves he can carry a tune and a movie.\n

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.

Gearing Up for 50

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 officials and organizational leaders has come together to mark Israel\’s first half century.

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