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Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies At 110

02/24/2014
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Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and concert pianist whose life was the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, has died.

Hoping Israel’s Oscar-Nominated Film Loses

I’m not rooting for “The Gatekeepers” to win the Academy Award Sunday night for Best Documentary.

Words As Weapons

The complex ‘Footnote,’ about Torah scholars, takes Joseph Cedar to another kind of battlefield: that of academic infighting and father-son resentment.

03/06/2012
Special to Jewish Week

Judaism is unique among the Abrahamic faith traditions in giving pride of place to the study of sacred texts, even within the liturgy. The traditional morning service includes both the blessing for study of Torah and passages from the Talmud relating to the sacrifices offered in the Temple a couple of millennia ago.

Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik, the father-son Torah scholars in “Footnote.” Ren Mendel

Hollywood's Gil Cates Dies At 77

11/02/2011

 

Gilbert (“Gil”) Cates, a multifaceted theater, film and television producer and director, as well as a university dean, has died.

Cates, 77, collapsed late Monday afternoon on a parking lot at the University of California, Los Angeles and an emergency ambulance crew was unable to revive him. According to UCLA sources, he had undergone heart surgery earlier this month.

Foreigners But Not Strangers

Film about unique south Tel Aviv school garners Oscar nomination.

02/09/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

To read the Israeli papers is to see a steady stream of stories bemoaning the country's public education system, especially those citing Israeli students' low test scores in science and math.

But American filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman found a unique south Tel Aviv school that is doing all the right things with a dizzyingly diverse student body. Their documentary about the Bialik-Rogozin school, "Strangers No More," was just nominated for an Oscar in the documentary short category.

The Bialik-Rogozin school in S. Tel Aviv teaches a dizzyingly diverse group of youngsters, many the children of foreign workers

Jewish Film Contenders Garner Oscar Nominations

01/26/2011

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- With “The King’s Speech” garnering 12 nods, royalty led the Oscar nomination parade, but Jewish contenders had their shining moments.

Three of the Best Picture nominations for Academy Awards had Jewish producers: Scott Rudin for “The Social Network”; Ethan and Joel Coen for "True Grit"; and Mike Medavoy for “The Black Swan.”

Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in “Social Network,” which received eight nominations.

Israeli Film Fails to Reach Oscar Semis

01/21/2011

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the list of five finalists in the Oscar race for best foreign language film has ended.

This year’s Israeli contender, “The Human Resources Manager,” was not on the list Wednesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of nine semifinalists.

Searching For Debra Winger? So’s She.

Noted actress says her book is not a memoir but "collection of essays, some of which are personal."

07/09/2008

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