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  • On board the 74 bus in Jerusalem, tomorrow

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 23, 2011

    Just over five years ago, I was in Tel Aviv when a suicide bomber struck at the city’s old central bus station.

    In the attack, about fifteen people were injured; a few months later, during the festival of Passover, 11 people were killed and some 60 wounded when another terrorist struck a schwarma restaurant crowded with people having lunch.

    I was on my gap year then, when the intifada was winding down but bombs and blasts were still happening with a terrifying frequency.

  • Cool Rollings

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 15, 2011

    When it comes to films about sports and the triumph of the underdog, Cool Runnings has to be one of the top choices. The unlikely (but not untrue) story of the Jamaican bob sleigh team’s at the 1988 winter Olympics, directed by Jon Turteltaub, made for a comedy classic and a somewhat heartwarming tale.

    Israel actually does have a bobsled team, although judging by the website (latest news from 2004) it isn’t heading for Olympic glory any time soon. But, surprisingly for a country with a whole lot of desert, Israel also has an ice hockey team. And their story could well be that of a film too. According to JTA:

    “An Israeli ice hockey team of 10- to 13-year-olds…won the gold medal at a tournament in Canada.

  • 'It feels like we are all still shaking': message from Japan

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 14, 2011

    In the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, those with friends and family in the country understandably rushed to contact them and check if they had been affected.

    One couple, who have visited Japan on several occasions, contacted Tokyo-based Rabbi Antonio Di Gesù. They kindly offered to share his response with JC readers.


    “It has been quite a Shabbat: mostly quiet but with an underlying anxiety that made us all look at the cell-phones waiting for that earthquake alert message affecting Tokyo.

  • A fashion statement at the Galliano presentation

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 7, 2011

    Last week, Natalie Portman was my heroine. Not because she won the Oscar (although Mazel Tov Nats, sure the family is schlepping nachas) or because she looked radiant in that dress despite one helluva baby bump, but because she did what every public figure could do and so often doesn't.

    She used her - not inconsiderable - star power for good, telling a Galliano-plagued Dior "It's me or him, mate." Or some such.

    Within hours, Galliano was a goner. The fashion house might have fired him anyway - that Hitler video was a little unpalatable even for the most dedicated couture-lovers - but it's hard to argue that Natalie helped him along.

  • Those darn Jews...

    Jennifer Lipman
    Mar 2, 2011

    What a week it has been - accusations flying all over the shop about anti-Jewish comments by everyone from Hollywood celebrities to fashionistas and internet renagades.

  • Galliano: It is sad, but...

    Jennifer Lipman
    Feb 28, 2011

    Remember when those charges against Roman Polanski were dredged up after all those years?

    All of a sudden, hordes of ordinarily very rational stars were tripping over themselves to defend him. Never mind that he was an alleged rapist, he was so talented, so creative, they gushed.

    Who cared that he fled the country rather than face the consequences of his actions? Not when his films were so wonderful.

  • Oscars 2011 live

    Jennifer Lipman
    Feb 27, 2011

    So they say that the Jews control Hollywood.

    Most of the time, we would take that as an insult - zionist conspiracy, yada yada yada. This year, it's not far off. Because the 83rd Academy Awards are basically a who's who of Jewish showbiz - you've got your Portmans and your Coens, your Seidlers and your Francos. Will Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan beat Sorkin's Social Network? Which Jewish actor (Eisenberg or Franco) will be celebrating with one of those trophies later tonight (or tomorrow morning, depending on your time zone)?

    The glamorous, the beautiful and the over-botoxed will be arriving on the Red Carpet in about an hour. Stay with The JC for news on who wins what and who is snubbed, not to mention gossip about the gowns, sarcasm on the speeches and the top Oscar Tweets out there. Also, let us know what you think of the results, the expressions and Anne Hathaway as a presenter by commenting below or tweeting us at @jewishchron.

  • Jewish football? It's fair play

    Jennifer Lipman
    Feb 17, 2011

    As a woman, one of the things I always appreciate when I go to football matches is how short the queues are for the toilets. A football stadium at half time is probably one of the only places in the world where the men have to wait for longer.

    Obviously, it’s because football supporters remain more likely to be men than women. But that’s not to say women don’t like football; plenty do, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t. It would be sexist, horribly chauvinistic, to suggest women had no place to watch football.

    But what if I wanted to play football? I could, in any number of arenas, but as a woman, could I play for an all-male football team? I don't mean physically - this is no time to make judgments about my poor coordination or my understanding of the offside rule (Salt shaker? Pepper pot?) - but would I be allowed? And should I be?