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The Basketball Victory That Changed Israel Forever

By On November 25, 2016

In 1977, Israel was trying to heal and stabilize after the tragic Olympic massacre at Munich, the Yom Kippur War, and the hostage crisis at Entebbe airport. Not to mention the heightening… Read More

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This 15-Year-Old Orthodox Girl Is a Champion Powerlifter

By On November 10, 2016

When one thinks of a competitive powerlifter, a pretty standard image comes to mind: an enormous man in tights bulging with muscle. Not quite a petite Orthodox girl too young to have… Read More

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In Search of Persecuted Writer Isaac Babel’s Legacy

By On October 25, 2016

Of Isaac Babel, the Russian-Jewish writer who put the seaside city of Odessa on the map, we have only a sliver. Arrested by Stalin’s secret service in 1939, he was executed in secret… Read More

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These American Holocaust Rescuers Are Remembered in Ken Burns’s New Film

By On September 19, 2016

Documentarian Ken Burns, known for award-winning films like Jazz and Baseball (and bad haircuts), now turns his sights on an untold chapter of Holocaust history: the extraordinary story of Americans Waitstill and… Read More

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Hummus Is In This Film

By On August 31, 2016

Where can you find the best hummus in the world, and understand what goes into it? Hummus! The Movie provides some answers while offering a fun and fascinating look at the cutthroat… Read More

A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again
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A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again

By On August 9, 2016

During rehearsal for the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar Maoz gets a shoulder massage from the man behind him while giving one to the man in front of him. Their voices sound… Read More

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves
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When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

By On July 20, 2016

In the three decades between Israel’s founding and the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, the relationship between the two neighbors was tense. And yet, Israelis eagerly turned on their TVs every Friday… Read More

A New Really Tacky Half-Animated Hitler Mockumentary!
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A New Really Tacky Half-Animated Hitler Mockumentary!

By On July 4, 2016

Cult animator Bill Plympton’s new film, the mockumentary Hitler’s Folly, was recently released on his website for free. But when you consider that time is money, well…this film is expensive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmbAslX9ILI Plympton, beloved… Read More

Being Dead Hasn't Stopped Rabin From Narrating His New Biopic
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Yitzhak Rabin Narrates His New Biopic From The Grave

By On May 6, 2016

  “I think you could say I’m an introverted person. I don’t know if I’m friendly or unfriendly.” These words, spoken by an uncharacteristically confessional Yitzhak Rabin, mark the start of Israeli… Read More

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A New Film About Writer Nora Ephron’s Life, Lovingly Made by Her Son

By On May 5, 2016

When the acerbic, brilliant Jewish essayist, novelist, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle) was a child, her mother used to tell her, “Everything is copy.” What… Read More

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What Would Philosopher Hannah Arendt Say About the Documentary of Her Life?

By On April 25, 2016

Like most important thinkers, Hannah Arendt was many things: anti-nationalist but briefly Zionist, essentially German but defiantly Jewish, intellectually rigorous and romantically passionate. Vita Activa – the Spirit of Hannah Arendt, a… Read More

Two Jews in Love--in Yiddish--in Havana
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Two Jews in Love (in Yiddish) in Havana

By On April 12, 2016

Today Cuba is in the news for resuming diplomatic relations with the United States after a four-decade Cold War freeze. But it was a very different place in 1942, when Reuben and… Read More

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