Several Jewish non-profit groups are lauding passage of health care reform legislation, saying it will benefit the community on a number of levels. Other groups, however, are keeping quiet in what some observers and insiders describe as an attempt to keep out of the political crossfire.
Actress Ellie Kendrick is best known to American audiences for her supporting role in the Oscar-nominated “An Education.” But in her native England, she is best known for playing the title character in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a film broadcast over five nights on the BBC in early 2009. That film will air in the United States on April 11, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the Public Broadcasting Service’s Masterpiece Classic series. The 19-year-old, who is in her first year at Cambridge University, majoring in English literature, spoke to the Forward from England.4
The home of a Jewish woman who supported the Confederacy. The deli owned by the mother of America’s most famous Jewish film director. The synagogue where your mom had her bat mitzvah. These and other sites are part of a new virtual mapping project showing locations that are important in Jewish women’s history. “On the Map,” a new interactive tool on the Jewish Women’s Archive Web site, is supported by Google Maps. The site allows individuals from around the globe to participate. Contributors can add information and photos about locations and the women connected with it. The entry is then added to a master map. Two weeks into the project, the map has already acquired 50 locations of importance in Jewish women’s history, from California to Austria.
The only privately owned copy of Oskar Schindler’s list — which contains the names of 801 Jewish men, many of whom Schindler helped save from concentration camps — is now for sale online for $2.2 million. Gary Zimet, a historical document sales specialist, is selling the list through his Web site, www.momentsintime.org, on behalf of an anonymous seller.
The fight against de-legitimization of Israel has taken center stage in the U.S. Jewish organizational world, and now the powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is taking on the cause with full force.
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