The Demon Bridegroom: A puppet?s mystical matrimony.

Jewtoons Take San Francisco

Remember the days of cartoon movies? A time when classics like “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” ruled the big screen, and before Buzz Lightyear and his “Toy Story” pals came in and crashed the party? While CGI (computer-generated imagery) movies like “Toy Story” paved the way for a new generation of films, the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has rediscovered the lost art of classic cartoons with Jewtoons, the festival’s first animated shorts screening.

Esti Ginzburg: Model Soldier

One of Israel’s top models is moving from photo shoots to the shooting range. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Esti Ginzburg was expected to join the Israeli army July 22. The 19-year-old will perform two years of service, spending her first weeks in basic training before transitioning to a specialty.

The Group Behind IDF Abuse Charges

To some, they are courageous heroes bringing transparency to the conduct of the Israel Defense Forces. To others, they are a collection of turncoats who publish unaccountable and unverifiable reports, motivated by politics and a hatred of their military.

Show of Support: President Obama met with Jewish leaders at the White House on July 13.

Jewish Leaders Give Obama No Push-Back on Settlement Freeze

Forty-five minutes at the White House was all it took to crystallize the new paradigm defining the relations among the Obama administration, the Jewish community and Israel.

A Plea For Rights: In Tel Aviv, members of Labor Party youth movement protested in December on behalf of Eritrean residents.

Illegals in Limbo, Now Cast Out of Israel’s Center

They are the inhabitants of Israel who live in limbo. Since 2005, an estimated 12,500 people have arrived in Israel, seeking asylum from Sudan and Eritrea. One group, the Sudanese, are suffering because their native country is Israel’s enemy; the Eritreans, because their country is Israel’s friend. Israel refuses to give residency to people from enemy states, and therefore will not consider Sudanese for refugee status. The only exception was in 2008 when Israel gave temporary residency to 450 arrivals from the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur as a one-time humanitarian gesture, though without granting them official refugee status.