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Waxman and Cohen Move Up: US Congress Jewish Update

11:22 21 November in Latest, Politics
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By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1wse5_MeT8] In the aftermath of the election and an entirely new incoming administration, the Republican and Democratic parties have shuffled their rosters to prepare for the next Congress. As a result, some Jewish members have been promoted and now hold top positions. This week, representatives...

This Week's Links: Is it Summer yet? Edition

18:16 20 November in Latest, Misc
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By Benjamin Schuman-Stoler [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs6LTIQHo04] SPAM is back! [CBC Radio One (scroll down)] A nice summary of the basic problems and solutions related to bringing kids to synagogue. [Three Jews Four Opinions] "AJC extended today congratulations to Cem Özdemir, the newly elected co-leader of the Green Party in Germany. Özdemir...

Israel Phil and Zippity Dudamel

11:17 20 November in Arts & Culture, Latest
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By Mandy Katz [caption id="attachment_1577" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Gustavo Dudamel"][/caption] The Israel Philharmonic must be the most relaxed symphony orchestra in the world. Really, some of these musicians literally lean back in their chairs while they play. Others sway, and I caught a trombone player whispering with the...

Israel's Donald Trump? Reality Show to Feature "The Arcadi"

18:35 18 November in Arts & Culture, Latest, Politics
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[caption id="attachment_1542" align="alignright" width="252" caption="Mayoral also-ran Gaydamak"][/caption] By Mandy Katz Jerusalem voters may have told Arcadi Gaydamak, "You're fired" last week, as Nir Barkat edged him for the Jerusalem mayoralty. But don't imagine the oligarch just sitting at home counting his shekels, or making prank phone calls to...