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During Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, his foreign policy advisers were criticized by some in the Jewish community for not being sufficiently supportive of Israel. But president-elect Obama’s foreign policy team is shaping up to be centrist and pragmatic, strong on Israel and likely to use special envoys to deal with overseas conflicts.
Like many Jewish kids of bar and bat mitzvah age, the eighth graders at the Rodeph Sholom School in Manhattan have been asked in recent months to consider their own religious beliefs as preparation for their entry into religious adulthood. Unlike most, however, they took a field trip to a historic synagogue to see celebrity pundit Christopher Hitchens and leading Conservative rabbi David Wolpe debate the existence of God
Armenian activists are crying foul over Turkey’s hiring of a Jewish lobbyist to work against the recognition of the Armenian genocide.
Mr. Darcy, meet… Alona Sadeh. The Israeli cable provider Hot is venturing into BBC territory, adapting Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” but moving the action to 21st-century Israel. Planned as a six-part miniseries set for broadcast next summer, the drama will unfold in the Galilee rather than in rural England, with cars replacing carriages and bed-and-breakfasts standing in for country estates, according to the TV company.
It’s a form of *tzedakah *that the Sages probably didn’t have in mind: cash winnings from the Israeli version of “Celebrity Poker.”