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Film

  • Gates of Heaven Brotherhood resumes breakfast/speaker program; Dennis Kipp to talk movies on Oct. 14

    By jwadmin on October 10, 2018
    SCHENECTADY– “The History of the Movie Industry: Movie Series Detectives in the 1940s” will be Dennis Kipp’s topic at the Congregation Gates of Heaven Brotherhood’s Breakfast-and-A-Speaker Program event on Sunday, Oct 14.  The breakfast, at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady, begins at 10 a.m. and is free for brotherhood members, $4 for others. The presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free. The […]
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  • ‘Crossing Delancey,’ now 30 years old, was the ultimate Jewish rom-com

    By jwadmin on September 20, 2018
    By STEPHEN SILVER Warning: There are spoilers about “Crossing Delancey” below. However, they aren’t very unexpected, and they don’t take away from the enjoyment of this delightful film. NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – The movies, at least in contemporary times, don’t have enough great stories of outwardly Jewish love. That’s one of the many reasons why “Crossing Delancey” the classic 1988 romantic […]
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  • Ben Kingsley carried a photo of Elie Wiesel with him while filming ‘Operation Finale’

    By jwadmin on August 29, 2018
    By NAOMI PFEFFERMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Ask Ben Kingsley about why he was keen to portray Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new film “Operation Finale” and he describes the traumatic childhood incident in which he first learned about the Holocaust. Connection To the Holocaust The 74-year-old British actor was then in grammar school and at home alone when he […]
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  • Playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

    By jwadmin on August 27, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Playwright Neil Simon, known for such Broadway hits as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” and “Lost in Yonkers,” has died. Simon, who earned a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, died overnight Saturday, Aug. 25, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City from complications with pneumonia at the age of 91. Simon began […]
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  • Why Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is a cautionary tale for 21st-century Jews

    By jwadmin on August 15, 2018
    Spoilers for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ below. By CHARLES DUNST NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in a Southern horror memorialized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning.” My own Jew-adjacent summer camp showed the film to us when we were about 12, with a […]
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  • Sammy Davis, Jr. is focus of documentary set for Shaara Tfille on Aug. 22

    By jwadmin on August 7, 2018
    SARATOGA SPRINGS–Congregation Shaara Tfille/The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs will present the documentary “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs. The screening is part of the 2018 Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival. Filmmaker Sam Pollard examined the various aspects of the life of dancer, singer, […]
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  • Old-world rabbi meets the Wild West in 1979 flick, ‘The Frisco Kid,’ at Temple Sinai on Aug. 5

    By jwadmin on July 25, 2018
    SARATOGA SPRINGS–The comedic story of a rabbi of the old West will be shown at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Aug. 5, with the screening of the 1979 film “The Frisco Kid” at 7 p.m. The film, shown as part of the Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival, is open to the community. According to organizers, the film is […]
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  • Natalie Portman notes legacy of Nobel Prize winning vegetarian

    By jwadmin on July 16, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY — Natalie Portman, an actress who has been nominated for an Oscar, stars in a new PETA video spotlighting the legacy of maverick animal advocate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991), who won the Nobel Prize for literature 40 years ago this fall. “Isaac Singer grew up in the same part of Poland as my family,” says Portman in the video. “And […]
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  • Emmys 2018: The Jewish nominees, from ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ to ‘Game of Thrones’

    By jwadmin on July 14, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Sarah Silverman’s new late-night show earned Emmy nominations on Thursday, . “Maisel,” Amazon Studios’ popular series set in a very Jewish 1950s New York neighborhood, was nominated for best comedy series. Rachel Brosnahan, its non-Jewish star, was nominated for best lead actress in a comedy series for her performance as […]
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  • 13 films with Jewish content to be screened in Lenox

    By jwadmin on July 3, 2018
    The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) has announced its 32nd season. Held on six Mondays from July 9 through Aug. 13 in the Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox, Mass., BJFF will present 13 films hailing from the United States, Israel, France, Ireland, Germany, and Latin America. All presentations are open to the public. Matinees at […]
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