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What is the world's best Jewish film? You decide

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
By Keren David for The JC


The Jazz Singer, or Son of Saul? A new survey wants to know your favourite Jewish movie


Comedian Matt Lucas, film maker Gurinder Chadha and actress Maureen Lipman have cast their votes in a quest to find the world’s favourite Jewish film.


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Creative Trauma

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Melanie Thernstrom for Tablet Magazine 


Two thousand years of suffering and exile help an Israeli NGO teach Syrian and Iraqi refugees to build new lives in Europe


For more than three millennia, the Yazidi people had lived clustered around the sacred Sinjar Mountains in Northern Iraq. It was there, in the small hours of the morning of Aug. 3, 2014, that Maia’s life as she had known it ended.

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Anti-Semitism Among the WASP Elite

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
by Kitty Zeldis for The Lilith Blog


The idea for my novel Not Our Kind was born at Vassar College, where I was a student in the 1970s, where there was enough visible diversity to make a Jewish girl feel she was not alone. I encountered plenty of Jews, both students and faculty. Yet while I didn’t experience much overt anti-Semitism, I felt keenly aware that Vassar had historically excluded people like me—I was the “not our kind” of my eventual novel’s title. 

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In ‘Tracking Edith,’ how an Austrian Jewish woman turned unpaid Communist spy

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By ANNE JOSEPH for The Times of Israel


Released this summer in the UK and screening in Tel Aviv in March, Peter Jungk’s documentary on his mysterious photographer great aunt is a dark picture of Soviet espionage


LONDON — Every family has its secrets, says writer and director Peter Stephan Jungk at the opening of his gripping documentary, “Tracking Edith.” His family’s was revealed only decades later.


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How the “Schindler of Iran” Saved Hundreds of Persian Jews

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY ZACHARY SOLOMON for Jewniverse


A dispatch from the annals of forgotten righteous gentiles:

Abdol Hossein-Sardari, the Iranian Consul in Nazi-occupied France, saved hundreds of Iranian Jews from certain death with a heroic ingenuity worthy of his nickname, “Schindler of Iran.”

 

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An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Matti Friedman  for Tablet Magazine 


A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters


This story originally appeared in August, 2014. We are reprinting it today to mark four years since Israel and Hamas accepted a cease-fire to end the Gaza War.

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The Israel Story

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

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Israeli and Arab Doctors Break Every Stereotype in the Middle East

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Phil Schneider for Israel Video Network 


Israeli and Arab doctors work together every day of the year. And they service Israeli Jews and Arabs every day of the year.  Hadassah hospital serves as an island of the best side of humanity in the State of Israel.


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Growing Older Beats Getting Old

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
By Rahel Musleah for Hadassah Magazine


Before Batya Perman parted with the heirloom oak bookcase that stood sentinel in her home for 43 years, she carefully perused its volumes in order to distribute and discuss them with her family. She located a master woodworker to disassemble the bookcase into smaller pieces so it could fit through the doorway of her son Uri’s new home. A legacy from her great-uncle, New York State Supreme Court Justice Harry Lewis, it now holds Uri’s own books and mementos as well as the law and Judaica titles he inherited, including a chumash inscribed to his great-grandfather.

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Thank You Rabbi Isserow!

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November 4th,2018

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Important Shabbat Updates!   

* Beginning on September 7th, Shabbat services start

at 7:30 PM  

                                            


 

There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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