The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live
program “Thomas L. Friedman in Conversation with Dov Seidman: How to
Repair Our World” on Sunday, March 22, at 4 pm, at the Jewish Community
Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
NEW YORK (JTA) – Round 2 in the judicial wars between Israel and the PLO
went to Israel, and Israel isn’t about to let the Palestinians forget
With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now
shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major
action films coming up in 2015 – “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which hits
theaters in May, and the third film in the “Fantastic Four” series,
slated for an August release – have Jewish roots that the average
moviegoer might be unaware of.
KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA) – Dovid Katz isn’t typically a hard man to miss.
With his bushy charcoal beard, heavy physique and trademark all-black
outfits, Katz, a New York-born scholar of Yiddish, resembles a character
from a Harry Potter film. But at one of Europe’s more unusual neo-Nazi
marches, complete with ultranationalists clad in medieval armor and
smoke blowing in the colors of the Lithuanian flag, even he could blend
in temporarily with the crowd.
Take one cynical detective, add a gruesome murder, a dash of rabbinic midrash
and stir together with a medieval legend. The result? Jonathan
Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman’s exciting and page-turning “The Golem of
Hollywood” (G. P. Purman’s Sons).
From childhood people are taught to mind who they trust, for sinister
motives can disguise themselves in kind gestures and handsome faces, but
would anyone suspect the newly arrived stranger to actually be one of
history’s greatest fiends? In Lucía Puenzo’s “The German Doctor,” based
on her own novel, an Argentinian family contends with a German-speaking
doctor who takes an unusual interest in their lives.
Due to a seemingly never-ending cycle of war in Israel, the Jewish state
is constantly taking great measures to strengthen its military and
defend its borders. Fueled by wartime pressures, the “start-up nation”
also invests a great deal of time, money and intellect into the
development of advanced defense systems – security technology that has
already saved thousands of lives.
One of the themes of Purim, which we just celebrated, is that everyone
wears masks. Esther masks herself as a non-Jew until she is forced to
reveal her Jewish heritage.