Jewish Journal

Sarah Price Brown

  • Dual Identity, Double the Questions

    July 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese villagers found the baby, abandoned by her birth parents, in a basket on a riverbank.

    "Just like Moses," the child's adoptive mother, Terri Pollock, says. Today, Leah Hua Xia Pollock, 14, lives in Seattle and plays the flute in her temple's klezmer band.

    Last year, Leah...

  • Theater: Musical ‘Boyz’ you won’t find next door

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Surely, there are those of you out there privately lamenting the demise of the boy bands of the 1980s and '90s -- the New Kids on the Block and 'N Syncs of the world. Well, you are in luck: A new band is coming to town. And you do not have to be a swooning teenage girl to go watch it...
  • UCLA Hillel exhibition recounts the legacy of America’s Jewish pioneers

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz wants to correct what he sees as a major misunderstanding about the history of Jews in this country.

    "There's a misconception that Jewish life in America started after World War II," he said. "But Jewish life existed more than 100 years before there even was a...

  • Ricky Ashley comes of age—on stage and off

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Here is a question for the rabbis: Can a teenager acting out a bar mitzvah on stage actually get credit for becoming a man? What if he has rehearsed for months? And what if he reads a real Haftorah?

    Ricky Ashley, the 17-year-old who stars in the new musical "13," never had a bar...

  • Noah Bleich: A Man of Many Hats

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Noah Bleich
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Noah Bleich is standing at the entrance of an elementary school with a blue-and-white menorah on his head. Once again, he has...

  • He makes unique dreidels, and he makes them out of clay

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a gallery carved into a stone wall amid the ancient ruins of Caesarea, Eran Grebler sits at a potter's wheel shaping clay dreidels.

    Outside, tourists explore the old amphitheater, temple and residential quarters of this Israeli city built by King Herod the Great in 30 B.C.E....

  • Tale of heroics, terror from the top of the world

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was a beautiful morning in May on the world's highest mountain, and Dan Mazur was feeling good. He had been hiking throughout the night in below-freezing temperatures, and now he and his team -- a sherpa and two other climbers -- had only two hours to go until reaching the summit...
  • Olga Bitterman’s story: Survivors helping survivors

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Olga Bitterman, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, found out that another survivor needed help, she knew what to do. For a year, Bitterman left money in the other survivor's mailbox without leaving a trace of its origins.

    Only later, after watching for the anonymous donor, did...

  • Jaffa flea market offers bargains and co-existence

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A young woman from Tel Aviv made her way past tapestries, bracelets and scarves toward a row of brightly hued polyester shirts. She admired a blue button-down with white polka dots before flitting away like a butterfly into a narrow arcade of the Jaffa Flea Market.

    "There is magic...

  • Q&A With Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote a book that changed his life and the perspective of millions. "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" became an international bestseller that made Kushner a celebrity and gave many suffering people a sense of comfort. Kushner...
  • There’s no business like shul business

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

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    The consensus among those who know Rabbi Moshe Rothblum is that if he had not become a rabbi, he would have been an actor. If he were not retiring after 35 years on...

  • Local minister, dressed as High Priest, stages Yom Kippur service for evangelicals

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday morning, while Jews are preparing for Kol Nidre, a group of Christians in Simi Valley will be participating in a Yom Kippur service of their own.
    For the fifth year in a row, Kevin Dieckilman, senior pastor of the evangelical Simi Hills Christian Church, will lead a High...
  • British theater group Stan’s Cafe uses piles of rice to bring statistics to life

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's nearly impossible to comprehend very large numbers. Take the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. How does one go about understanding the magnitude of 6 million?
    One way would be to visit the Skirball Cultural Center, where the British theater company, Stan's Cafe...
  • Genocide survivors turn into lobbyists for Darfur

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Wiesel and George Clooney have spoken out about it. Protesters have rallied against it. Even an online game seeks to draw attention to the ongoing genocide in Sudan's Darfur.
    Now, a local group is taking a different approach to turning the world's eyes toward the Sudanese...
  • Jill Soloway says comedy and tragedy go together

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Jill Soloway's collection of essays, "Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants," the Emmy-nominated writer and co-executive producer of HBO's "Six Feet Under" recalls the time she lost her virginity at 17 to a 36-year-old with a golden chai dangling from his neck.
    "I was running from the...
  • After the Flood

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before Shelly Collen lost almost everything, her life had just fallen into place.

    Two months earlier, she and her husband had moved from Chicago to Gulfport, Miss., to be closer to their son, who was living in New Orleans. They had rented a charming cottage with hardwood floors, a...

  • Artists Dream in a Golden Age

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sam Erenberg spends most of the day, nearly every day, alone in a 1,000-square-foot box.

    "It's like a temple," the painter says of his artist's studio.

    A lonely temple, that is.

    "I'm the rabbi and congregation all in one," he says with a laugh.

    Working as an artist can be...

  • A Hidden Child Tells Her Tale

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young child in Nazi-occupied France, Marie Kaufman knew the rules: "Don't be seen, don't talk, don't stand up, don't do anything."

    "I used to always think that I was going to kill something, or I was going to make something happen to us if I did anything wrong," Kaufman...

  • Humor in ‘Eat’ an Acquired Taste

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mordecai Finley, leader of the nondenominational congregation Ohr HaTorah, saw the new Passover comedy "When Do We Eat?" -- he loved it.

    "I laughed and laughed and laughed," he said. He saw the movie three more times, and each time he liked it better.

    Hap Erstein, the film...

  • Emergent Jews

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm


    When Rabbi Sharon Brous leads a worship service, Jews dance and sing and pray -- and talk politics. Her Los Angeles-based Ikar is not a traditional congregation but rather, as she describes it, a "spiritual community" of "modern, progressive Jews" who "boldly reclaim the...

  • Lesson in Tolerance Seeks to Aid School

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of students from Jefferson High School gathers around the tour guide, Jewish grandmother Diane Treister, at the Museum of Tolerance on a recent Friday morning.

    While Treister talks about personal responsibility and respect, the students, many in jeans and T-shirts and...

  • The Curious Little Monkey’s Tale

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Journey That Saved Curious George : The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden (Houghton Mifflin, $17).

    It was a truncated tale, repeated in the hallways of publishing houses, printed on book jackets: On a rainy day in June 1940, the creators of "Curious...

  • Schools to Teach Ein Bisel Yiddish

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Linguists have predicted that within 100 years, more than half of the 6,000 languages that exist today will disappear.

    For a long time, it's looked as though Yiddish was among those bound for extinction, but scholars and Yiddish speakers, as well as some Jews who remember their...

  • Principal for a Day, Lesson for a Lifetime

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    This Wednesday dawns as another tough, typical grind for the principal of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). There's the 7:15 a.m. arrival and the 10 p.m. departure. Then there's the picket line set up by half the teaching staff. And later, the little problem of...

  • To Live and Teach in L.A.: A Difficult Job

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Eight-year-old Danielle dashes to the front of her third-grade classroom and shows off her drawing of an equilateral triangle.

    "That's fah-bulous, dah-ling," the teacher says.

    Danielle flashes a satisfied smile and prances back to her seat. The other students look admiringly at...

  • Gifts Galore From Bubbe to Baby

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it's time to celebrate Chanukah, nobody should be left out of the fun. We've scoured the holiday gift scene to find the perfect presents for Mom, Dad and the whole family. Count on any of these "candles" to light up the face of someone you love during this year's Festival of...
  • Beverly Hills’ ‘Starr’ Reporter

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    A redheaded reporter with an eye for fashion and a taste for adventure, Brenda Starr has chased stories around the globe for nearly 65 years, all within the confines of a comic strip.

    Now, the secret is out: A real-life, three-dimensional disciple of Starr lives among us in Beverly...

  • Q & A With Wilda Spalding

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Open Wilda Spalding's "little black book," and you'll discover a code of ethics -- written in part by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations in 1948: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Spalding, who will be at the University of Judaism on Oct. 26, has been a...

  • Hungarian Baker Rises to Success

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since Meir Jacobs bought the J&T Bread Bin 34 years ago, the bakery hasn't changed much. Nestled in the center of the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, it retains its old-world charm -- the original glass showcases line the store's perimeter, and the original orange "Bread Bin"...