Sanctions on Russian oligarch donors hit Israel institutions
Billionaire Moshe Kantor has severed his longstanding ties to Tel Aviv University — joining a growing list of Russian Jewish oligarchs who have scaled back their philanthropic activities after coming under international sanctions for their ties to President Vladimir Putin.
Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony
JERUSALEM – Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony. The Genesis Prize Foundation announced on Wednesday that the pair would co-host the June 18 event, where former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky is to be honored as the 2020 laureate. Douglas, whose mother wasn’t Jewish and who himself is intermarried, directed his award toward projects promoting diversity and inclusiveness in the Jewish world. “Catherine and I look forward to returning to Israel, a country our entire family loves so much,” Douglas said in a statement. The foundation said that during Douglas’ visit, it will hold a special event honoring his father’s cinematic legacy.
Kirk Douglas rose from poverty to become a king of Hollywood
He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king. As Douglas rises, a growing chorus of slaves jump up and shout, “I’m Spartacus!” Douglas stands silently, a tear rolling down his face. Michael Douglas not only thrived in Hollywood, but beat his dad to the Oscars with a project his father had first desired. The four-night show in the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City was sold out. “You know, I never wanted to be a movie actor,” Douglas told the AP in 2009.