Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stay home and watch an Israeli movie


To watch Israeli films via streaming video you'll need a credit card, a computer, and high speed broadband internet service (faster is definitely better). If your computer is connected to a high definition television you can watch Israeli movies from the comfort of your sofa, armchair, or in bed. And though this service is offered by a New York cultural institution it is available anywhere in the United States. Once you order a movie for the next 24 hours you can watch it as many times as you want.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jewish books: The Middlesteins


Williamsburg, Brooklyn resident and Chicago native Jami Attenberg's third novel, The Middlesteins, published yesterday by Grand Central Publishing, explores how one woman's morbid obesity affects her Jewish-American family and its dynamics. Unfortunately the writing is inconsistent; in my New York Journal of Books review of the book I wrote, "the quality of its prose … is at best serviceable and at worst pedestrian…" Also read my NYJB review:

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Jerusalem Cookbook authors book talk in Park Slope tonight


Yotam Ottolenghi, author of Plenty and an Israeli, and Sami Tamimi, co-owner of the Ottolenghi restaurants and a Palestinian, were both born in Jerusalem in the same year and are now co-authors of Jerusalem, A Cookbook.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Question One, documentary about SSM ballot initiative, premieres in NY 10/19/12


"The film portrays the two sides of the 2009 campaign without taking sides. The filmmakers spent the duration of the campaign embedded in both sides' war rooms and strategy sessions and documented the private thoughts, insights, fears and conflicts expressed by key leaders as they crafted and created their messages and strategies."

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