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Ron Dermer’s Political Agenda

Filed in Middle East by on October 14, 2018 0 Comments
Ron Dermer’s Political Agenda

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has painted himself into a corner, revealing himself as an ultra-partisan political operative. Since his appointment in 2013, he has steadfastly refused to meet the leaders of progressive Jewish organizations, notably J Street, the New Israel Fund and Americans for Peace Now. All of them are critical […]

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The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Filed in Film by on October 13, 2018 0 Comments
The Guilty: A Minimalist Danish Film

Gustav Moller’s Danish thriller, The Guilty, which opens in Toronto on October 19, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Unfolding over several hours in dim-lit cubicle at a police call center, it’s a well-crafted movie, exceedingly spare, focused and suspenseful. Virtually the only character in it is Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergreen), a laconic […]

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The Eugenics Crusade

Filed in Television by on October 12, 2018 0 Comments
The Eugenics Crusade

On the face of it, the eugenics movement in the United States seemed like a positive thing. Reaching its apex of popularity in the first third of the 20th century, it garnered the support of notable Americans such as Theodore Roosevelt, the former U.S. president; John Harvey Kellogg, the health reformer and inventor of the […]

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Restoring Tomorrow

Filed in Film by on October 12, 2018 0 Comments
Restoring Tomorrow

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles, was in danger of abandonment in the first decade of the 21st century. Membership was declining and the building was falling apart. Its fate hung in the balance. Thanks to the vision and persistence of its senior rabbi, Steve Leder, the shul, listed on the National […]

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American Chaos: Why Trump Won

Filed in Film by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments
American Chaos: Why Trump Won

Nearly two years after his widely unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election, one may be forgiven for wondering how Republican Donald Trump managed to defeat his much better qualified Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Clinton, after all, had excellent credentials. She had been the American secretary of state for four years. And she had learned […]

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Joe And Ben Weider: The Fathers Of The Fitness Movement

Filed in Film by on October 10, 2018 0 Comments
Joe And Ben Weider: The Fathers Of The Fitness Movement

Joe Weider and his younger sibling, Ben, were visionaries, the founders of the modern fitness movement. Drawing a connection between exercise, nutrition and good health, the Montreal-born Jewish ┬ábrothers founded a business empire that sells gym equipment and nutritional supplements and publishes body building magazines. George Gallo’s movie, Bigger, which opens in Canada on October […]

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Wall: A Film About Israel’s Separation Barrier

Filed in Film by on October 9, 2018 0 Comments
Wall: A Film About Israel’s Separation Barrier

The security barrier that seals off Israel almost hermetically from the West Bank is a source of immense angst and controversy. To most Israelis, it’s a “separation fence” that keeps Palestinian terrorists at bay and thereby saves lives. To the Palestinians, it’s a “racial segregation wall” that restricts their movements, cuts them off from their […]

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Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 8, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Forty one years ago, I visited Poland, my parents’ birthplace, for the first time. My friend Henry Srebrnik, whose father and mother were born and raised in Poland as well, was my travelling companion. In accordance with our plan, we spent several days in Lodz and Czestochowa, the cities from which our parents’ hailed. In […]

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Free Solo: Conquering El Capitan

Filed in Film by on October 6, 2018 0 Comments
Free Solo: Conquering El Capitan

To seasoned rock climbers, El Capitan, a massive granite formation in California’s Yosemite National Park, is the ultimate challenge. More than 3,000 feet in height, this iconic monolith has been conquered by skillful enthusiasts using rope and protective equipment, but until Alex Honnold came along, no one had ever climbed it in free solo style. […]

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The Polish Underground And The Jews, 1939-1945

Filed in Books by on October 4, 2018 0 Comments
The Polish Underground And The Jews, 1939-1945

When Polish-Jewish relations are discussed at any length, one of the topics that usually evokes heated debate revolves around the relationship between the Home Army (AK) and Jews. The largest resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Europe, the AK had an estimated membership of 350,000 and represented a cross-section of Polish society. In general accounts of modern […]

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