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Meet The Director and Star of "Girlfriend"

 Aaron Herman interviews Justin Lerner and actor Evan Sneider about their groundbreaking film, "Girlfriend."

A Remnant Of Libya’s Jewish Past

07/19/2011
Staff Writer

At its height, in the middle of the 20th Century, the two-millennia-old Jewish community of Libya numbered nearly 40,000 residents, served by dozen of synagogues.

Today, following several pogroms and an extended migration that started in the 1940s and accelerated in 1967, Libya has no known Jews.

And, of course, no functioning synagogues. The buildings were destroyed over the years, or turned into mosques or Coptic churches.

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Fighting The Good Fight Against Hate Of All Kinds

07/19/2011
Staff Writer

Morris Dees, an attorney and businessman-turned-social justice activist is one of five recipients of the 2011 Gruber Justice Prize awarded by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. A founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, he will equally share the $500,000 prize with four other recipients, including the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. The decade-old Gruber Prize honors people “who, often at great personal risk, fight for the Rule of Law.”

Morris Dees received the Gruber Justice Prize for his work with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Detroit, Beyond The Bad Headlines

07/19/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

You hear a lot about Detroit these days, and not too much of it is positive. You hear about the travails of the long-struggling automobile industry, the staggering unemployment rate and the inexorable population decline. They're all related, of course, and together these facts tend to cement the image of a once-mighty metropolis now past its prime.

The glass towers of GM headquarters dominate the Detroit skyline.

Does Arts Reporting Matter?

07/19/2011
Staff Writer

If you’re an arts journalist these days, it’s hard not to feel a pang of envy at your colleagues covering the media and politics. For the past few weeks, the media beat has basked in the glory of taking down one of journalists’ favorite villains, Rupert Murdoch, after the relentless pursuit of The News of the World’s phone-hacking scandal.

Eric Herschthal

Tears in Heaven

Reflecting on the Murder of Leiby Kletzky

07/18/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

How can we even begin to process this? A beautiful 8 year-old boy, Leiby Kletzky, was simply on his way home from his local yeshiva day camp in Borough Park. He was to meet his mother at their appointed location, but failed to show up. A search was begun by law enforcement and members of the community, and all remained hopeful that Leiby would be found, safe and sound.

Rabbi Marci Bellows

Feeling Kehilat Jeshurun's Pain

07/14/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

There exists, in ancient rabbinic literature, the concept of a t'filat shav- a useless or ill-advised prayer uttered in vain and therefore to be avoided. A man is not to say "I hope my wife gives birth to a boy," for the sex of a child is determined at the moment of conception, and certainly not impacted thereafter by prayer. And if you see a fire burning as you approach your home, you should not say "I hope it's not my house that's burning."

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Crispy Tofu Salad

Convert even the biggest skeptic in to a soy lover.

07/13/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Tofu gets a pretty bad rap from many people. In fact, there may be some loyal Nosh Pit readers who abandon ship after I even mention the word. But the truth is, when it is prepared well, tofu can be a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.

Crispy Tofu Salad. Image by Amy Spiro

Celebrating Freedom In Israel

07/12/2011

Two months after Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, independence day came again last week in Israel.

South Sudanese independence day.

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