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The Improbable Route To An Oscar Nod

02/10/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Pawel Pawlikowski, the Polish-born filmmaker with Catholic and Jewish roots, said a conversation with a journalist friend a decade ago sparked an idea that grew into an Oscar-contending movie. His friend told him about Father Romuald Waszkinel, a Polish priest who discovers as an adult that he is really a Jew whose doomed parents had given him to a childless Polish Catholic couple.

“Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski: Series of coincidences led to powerful film.  Michael Datikash/JW

Ruderman Family Foundation, Jewish Week Launch ‘Best in Business’

New award will recognize businesses that hire people with disabilities.

02/08/2015 - 19:00

Boston - The Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Week Media Group, is proud to announce an innovative competition highlighting North American for- profit businesses who have shown exemplary practices in hiring, training and supporting people with disabilities. Those selected will be recognized with a Ruderman “Best in Business Award” and featured in a supplement in The Jewish Week June 19 edition, both printed and online.

Courtesy of the Ruderman Family Foundation

Meet Downton’s Dashing Mensch

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

It’s the talk of the Jew-ternet: Downton Abbey has an honest-to-goodness Jewish character. And he’s not just passing through: He’s dating Lady Rose and seems to be in season five for the long haul.

There’s more. The PBS import series doesn’t portray him as a caricature, a diamond dealer or bookkeeper or clothing store mogul. Yes, his parents are rich bankers. But they’ve also British aristocracy. Also, he’s a mensch; he met the free-spirited Rose in episode five, which aired on Sunday, when he offers to help her carry some baskets.

Lady Rose falls for the handsome Atticus Aldridge. PBS.org

Shlomo Gronich, Ahead Of His Time No More

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For decades, Shlomo Gronich, the acclaimed Israeli folk singer and progressive rocker, has heard the same bittersweet compliment — that his music is “ahead of its time.”

Israeli progressive rock legend Shlomo Gronich to appear here for the first time since the 1970s.  Alex Lipkin

Turning Grandma’s FBI File Into Theater

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Call it politics, or call it paranoia, but J. Edgar Hoover had files on more than 20,000 Americans, including a lot of Jews. Eve Sicular, a klezmer musician in New York, knew that there was an FBI file on her grandmother, Adele Sicular, but she didn’t know what it contained. “It was like a time capsule,” Sicular said of the file, when she finally got it declassified in 2003. “It showed an accomplished, forceful, determined woman.”

For Eve Sicular, kneeling, finding her mother’s FBI file was “like a time capsule.”  Angela Jimenez

Threading The Needle To Survive

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Culture Editor

For years, Rena Margulies Chernoff of Brooklyn traveled to Boston on Jan. 27. She and a cousin who also survived Auschwitz  — they posed as twins — would celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as their personal day of rebirth.

Muslim Pol Looks For A Jewish Home

01/20/2015 - 19:00

Outside the Moriah Synagogue in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan. 14 primary for the Jewish Home party, a right-wing, Modern Orthodox faction. Religious voters trickled in and out of polls in the synagogue lobby.

Anett Haskia is a rarity among Arab-Israelis.  Ben Sales

The ‘Deli Man’ Cometh To Times Square

01/20/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This is a busman’s holiday for Ziggy Gruber. The round-faced restaurateur from Houston (Texas, not Street), is sitting in Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant, an enormous and bustling kosher deli near Times Square, talking Jewish food and chatting about his movie debut in the new documentary film “Deli Man.”

Ziggy Gruber of Houston’s popular Kenny and Ziggy’s deli, at Ben’s this week. Michael Datikash

Memories Of Anne At ‘Wiesenthal’ Show

01/13/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Saints do not exist in Judaism, but if they did, Anne Frank would be an odds-on candidate for canonization.

Anne Frank’s second cousin, Monica Smith, with Tom Dugan of “Wiesenthal,” at recent performance. Courtesy of “Wiesenthal"

Thin Is Out On Israeli Runway

01/06/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Turns out there is such a thing as being too thin. At least in Israel.

In a first, models in the Jewish state with a BMI (body mass index) of less than 18.5 are banned from the catwalk, photo shoots and ad campaigns. According to that standard, a female model who is 5-feet-8 can weigh no less than 119 pounds.

Is your BMI under 18.5? Israel now legislating models’ weight. Getty Images
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