"Go Topless Day," a forthcoming annual media stunt taking advantage of everyone's fascination with the female chest, is a public relations ploy for a bizarre UFO cult devoted to building an intergalactic Jerusalem "embassy" in preparation for the return of the space aliens that spawned the human rac ... More >>
We're not sure when the Israel vs. Palestine conflict became a nonpolitical issue, but apparently, to Muni it is. The transit agency, which has a policy against running political ads, is running this very political ad on its buses for the next four weeks: So if that's not political what is? A shirtl ... More >>
Last summer, SF punk rocker, notorious political rabble-rouser, and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra was booked to perform in Israel, along with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, in support of their new Enhanced Methods of Questioning EP. But their plans raised quite a controver ... More >>
Each week we take a quick, cautious look at what is going on with televised cooking. This week: Sweet Genius, a one-hour show about lollipops and death, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on the Food Network. Oh, hell. It's come to this. The Food Network sees pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel with his evil bal ... More >>
A weapon of mass destruction?Even on a culturally diverse campus like UC Berkeley, tensions between Israel and Palestinians run deep. A 20-year-old Jewish student has hired San Francisco attorneys to defend her claim that another student belonging to the Students For Justice in Palestine assaulte ... More >>
Israel Kosher Meat's sufganiyah, $2.Israel Kosher Meat, Poultry & Deli is a Russian Jewish deli in the Outer Richmond that wears its age as unabashedly as it does its faith. While the shelves are sparsely stocked and the front window needs a good scrubbing, Yelpers love the place for its ... More >>
Beau GrealyShabbat is a Jewish tradition when friends and family come together every Friday night and Saturday to relax and reflect as the workweek recedes. Some Jews are more observant than others: where there's one Jew eating a double bacon cheeseburger (totally unkosher), there's another who ... More >>
www.indybay.orgOne or the otherSan Francisco's City Hall is rarely a serene place. It's even less so when partisans of the Middle East's sectarian violence shout, sloganeer and wave their respective flags at each other before they head inside and shout, sloganeer (but hopefully leave their flags ... More >>
'Charmed and impressed...'Like any San Franciscan with an appreciation of the city's past, I enjoy Carl Nolte's work for the Chronicle. I particularly enjoyed Tuesday's piece about Sherith Israel, the 105-year-old synagogue on California Street and repository of so many sepia-toned civic memories ... More >>
"What're you protesting against, Johnny?" "Whaddya got?" Why protesters who can't stick to the subject deserve nothing but contempt To those of us who live in the Bay Area, it's old hat by now - but to my family and friends in the Midwest, it's still baffling. "Wait, so, these people went t ... More >>
The Israel tourism industry may be flagging, but it appears the billboard business is doing even worse. By Joe EskenaziDrivers entering and leaving San Francisco may have been surprised to see giant billboards featuring the Semitic version of what appears to be the Sex and the City crew -- Sex and ... More >>
New tastes from the Middle East.
Joe Carnahan's overly slick, heavily edited dark comedy works despite itself
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The local conversation between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian activists is getting less civil every day. And Lee Kaplan's tactics aren't helping.
The rare story of a powerful female politician whose private life is secondary
Portrait of a prime minister
A shocking anti-war play whose brilliance isn't evoked by the cast
Week of October 29, 2003
David Hare evokes a whole region through one man
Two of the most powerful documentaries in this year's Jewish Film Festival are about ... Palestinians
Michael Lerner has won many followers with his ideas for world peace. But if all he is preaching is the Golden Rule, why is he so controversial?
The Clinton administration has praised the Anti-Defamation League for helping shield kids from Internet hate. But should a group that spied on thousands of Californians be allowed to police the Web?
A cacophony of accents, from Russian to Arabic, rings through the Jewish Film Festival