Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Iyyar 17, 5776
Local Israeli film festival competes in its own way with Hollywood
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Will Oscar make aliyah on Feb. 26? With Footnote being feted at festivals -- and considered by some a front-runner for the best foreign film -- will the Israeli film actually take home the gold when the Academy Awards are announced later this month? It certainly wouldn't surprise Nurit Yaron, chairwoman of Philadelphia's Israeli Film Festival ( www.iffphila.org ), celebrating...
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On a chilly Sunday evening, the main entrance to Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne is dark, the parking lot almost empty. Inside, however, running feet and shrieks of laughter pierce the quiet. A dozen children swarm in and out of a multipurpose room as their parents set dessert on an L-shaped table. "Who wants to read a book?" congregant...
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Alan Dershowitz came to the University of Pennsylvania last week to articulate the case for Israel and counter the message of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement - not to discuss presidential politics. But when the noted Harvard law professor and author addressed 900 people at Perm's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the 2012 campaign managed to wiggle its...
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As Catholics mourn the passing of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua -- and debate his handling of the priest sex-abuse scandal, which broke under his watch -- some longtime Jewish leaders are remembering him as a leader committed to improving Catholic-Jewish relations. In his 35 years working at the Jewish Community Relations Council, Burt Siegel interacted with three different leaders of the...
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About a dozen Israeli entertainers and leaders, including Michael Oren, Israel's U.S. ambassador, will fly to Philadelphia in May to represent their country at the Equality Forum, a weekend-long summit promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. Israel was selected as the "featured nation" for the 20th annual event, which includes 25 free panel discussions, an art exhibit, parties...
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