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Jewish Summer Movie Preview

Two upcoming movies I’m guessing the Jewish community will be discussing this summer: “Holy Rollers” (above), based on an apparently true story about Hasidic drug runners; and “The Infidel” (below), a wacky comedy about a British Muslim man who discovers…

Ashley Bates Dispatches from Gaza

For an in-depth eyewitness view of life in Gaza, you’ll do no better than, Dispatches from Gaza, a new blog just launched by a young journalist named Ashely Bates. Ashley has been in Israel/Palestine on on a three month internship…

A Canticle for Goldstein

These are the kinds of people who are taking over Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem… PS: Many attendees of Saturday’s historic demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah reported that a speech by young Israeli activist Sara Benninga was the highlight of the…

Rep. Brian Baird Speaks Sanity

Can I just say that¬†Washington Rep. Brian Baird is my personal hero? Watch this recent interview with RTAmerica which took place on the heels of his third trip to Gaza. Among other things, Baird calls for the US to break…

Anatomy of a Pastrami Sandwich

Interesting report on a recent panel discussion in Berkeley: will the Jewish deli survive the sustainable food movement? One critical historical note courtesy of Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt (owners of a Bay Area deli that uses local, grass-fed meat,…