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CFIC 2012

Tzivi’s Guide to the 2012 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema In 2006, a group of local film lovers decided to organize an annual program focused on Israeli cinema. Their timing was prescient. After decades of near invisibility, Israeli films were suddenly winning accolades at festivals all around the world, and last year, an Israeli film […]

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September ’12 Spotlight

Filmmaker Paul Mazursky is one of those Jewish guys from Brooklyn who helped change American culture forever after World War II. I was a teenager when Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was released in 1969, and I remember it well as a “water cooler event.” BCTA raked in four Oscar nominations (plus awards […]

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August ’12 Spotlight

In March 2009, I received a screener from the coordinator of our annual Chicago Latino Film Festival for a new Argentinian feature called La Cámara Oscura. I was entranced by this film, and wrote very positive things about it in my April ’09 column. Soon after, I began receiving calls from all around the country, […]

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July ’12 Spotlight

July 4, 2011 was the 35th anniversary of Israel’s daring raid on Entebbe Airport so I expected some commemoration; to my dismay, the day came and went with barely a word from the American press. But filmmakers Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber were way ahead of me. I’m not sure when they started work […]

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June ’12 Spotlight

Ah, Spring! Mild weather returns to Chicago and our lecture halls overflow with fascinating guest speakers. On May 6, I went to Spertus to hear Daniel Greene read from his 2011 book The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity. Greene is the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at […]

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May ’12 Spotlight

Tzivi’s May ’12 Spotlight — on Freud! “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…” Seventy-two years after his death in London at age 83, Sigmund Freud, the quintessential Viennese Jew, is suddenly hot again. This column will focus on three recent films; a related column by JUF News editor Cindy Sher will discuss the new […]

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April ’12 Spotlight

Nathan Englander came to the Harold Washington Library Center in February to read from What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, his latest collection of short stories. As the translator of New American Haggadah, Englander is actually promoting two books right now, and although they are outwardly very different, common threads […]

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March ’12 Spotlight

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! On Sunday, March 11, Spertus Institute will host the Chicago premiere of Women Unchained, a new “Get-o-nomics 101” documentary by Skokie filmmaker Beverly Siegel. When the husband of a married woman refuses to grant her a Jewish divorce (called a “get” in Hebrew), she is referred to as “agunah” (“anchored/chained”). Sometimes […]

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Feb ’12 Spotlight

The University of Chicago’s Smart Gallery opens a new multimedia exhibit called Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Artdown in Hyde Park on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and several Jewish artists will be participating, including photographer Laura Letinsky, “New Realism” founder Daniel Spoerri, and conceptual artist Michael Rakowitz. According to Chief Curator Stephanie Smith: “Feast is emblematic […]

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Jan ’12 Spotlight

Photo Credit: Jan Lisa Huttner. When you lit your first candle on Dec. 20, how much thought did you give to your menorah? Maybe it’s a family heirloom, or maybe you recently purchased it online, but have you ever asked yourself what your menorah says about you, your values, and your personal style? Loyola University […]

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