Following an impressive year on the international film festival circuit, Israel’s movie industry will get off to a strong start in 2009 with a world premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Modern Language Association of America gave a nod to the world of Yiddish on December 2 when it announced the recipients of its Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies.
Birthright Israel, the popular initiative offering young Jews free trips to Israel, may be unable to pay for thousands of such trips in the summer of 2009 due to the financial meltdown of its largest donor.
The CW’s hit series “Gossip Girl,” which centers on a group of New York City preparatory school students and their moneyed families, is getting an infusion of *Yiddishkeit *into its blue-blooded veins.
For most of the world, the recent terrorist murders in Mumbai were a terrible tragedy. But for Jack Rosen there was an additional personal disappointment. The government of Pakistan, he pointed out, offered no word of condolence regarding the Jewish victims of the attack.