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Jewish Journal

Erin Aubry Kaplan

  • Our Hollywood moment: An article in three acts

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Prologue

    One of many things that I've learned over the last several years is that many roads in L.A. lead to Hamilton High School. Hamilton sits at the strange but fertile delta of Beverlywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City and a couple of markedly less fortunate neighborhoods. It is a...

  • A.M.E., Rhythm and Jews

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and as I wander toward the entrance of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, an usher approaches and asks brightly, "Are you with the choir?"

    I'm African American, but I'm not with the choir, at least not with the choir of Temple Bryant A.M.E....

  • The Grit Behind the Glamour of L.A. Life

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Despite having a population of far more than 3 million and a cultural and economic diversity rivaled by very few places, Los Angeles is not quite viewed as a real city by much of the outside world. Ever since large-scale irrigation and the movie business put the city on the map in...

  • Kosher Gospel—a Joyful Noise at Shul

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Nelson is resting his voice. That's a tall order for Nelson, the 29-year-old African American Jewish singer who has blended black style and Jewish prayers and folksongs into a new, foot-stomping, synagogue-shaking praise music he has dubbed "kosher gospel."

    Though he's been...

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