Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
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Israeli and Palestinian producers both submitted films intertwined with the Middle East conflict, but only one passed the final cuts to be considered an Oscar contender.
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Tom Tugend, JTA
Hany Abu-Assad’s film focuses on a Palestinian whose life is thrown into turmoil after a friend murders an Israeli soldier.
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Bottles of Aviv613, a vodka distilled in the northern Israeli town of Safed, will be added to "swag bags" for oscar nominees and hostess Ellen DeGeneres of this year's Academy Awards.
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Tom Tugend, JTA
Benjamin Murmelstein was the last president of the Jewish council, or Judenrat, in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the only Nazi-installed “elder of the Jews” not killed during the Holocaust.
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JTA
Sid Caesar, the founding father of American Jewish comedy, was best known for his Saturday night television variety show Your Show of Shows.
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