‘Husband’ Quits Film
NEW YORK — A chassidic actor cast as Natalie Portman’s husband quit a movie after his community objected. Abe Karpen, 25, a cabinet salesman and married father of three from Brooklyn, N.Y., filmed a scene March 12 with Portman for New York I Love You, which features 12 short love stories. A rabbi raised objections and Karpen quit, saying his community was most important to him.
Israeli Film Honoured
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. gay media watchdog GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, last week awarded its annual prize for outstanding film in limited release to The Bubble, an Israeli drama set in Tel Aviv that features a homosexual love affair between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian. GLAAD was set up during the AIDS crisis to monitor the media for bias against gays.
Israeli Emissary’s Apartment Firebombed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Three Jewish groups, working in co-operation with police in Providence, R.I., are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the firebombing of an apartment belonging to a Jewish Agency emissary.
The Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, the Anti-Defamation League and the Hillel House that serves both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announced the reward March 17.
Josef Knafo, 24, was sitting in the kitchen of his second-floor apartment at about 1:15 a.m. on March 15 when he heard a bang, police said. He looked outside and saw a Molotov cocktail had hit his three-storey wooden apartment building and caught fire. He then discovered a second, unignited Molotov cocktail that had come in through an open window in his bedroom.
Knafo, an emissary for the Jewish Agency for Israel, works for Hillel serving Brown and RISD. The motive for the attack was unknown.