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Jewish Journal

Karla S. Blume

  • Repairing the World, One Book at a Time

    November 17, 2009 | 2:54 am

    Finding the true meaning of the word “mitzvah” can be a difficult task, especially as a newly minted teen. While the Hebrew word means commandment, it’s also come to mean an expression of loving-kindness. And luckily for seventh-grader Jacob Tobias, 12, he knew right away what...

  • Bringing a ‘Golem’ to Life

    October 28, 2009 | 7:16 pm

    For a scare steeped in Jewish mysticism this Halloween, REDCAT is bringing Paul Wegener’s “The Golem” to the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater on Friday and Saturday night. But the screening of the 1920 silent horror classic, which recounts the Eastern European legend of a...

  • Book for Kids Answers Cancer Questions

    October 14, 2009 | 8:47 pm

    When Beverlye Hyman Fead was diagnosed with fourth-stage inoperable cancer in 2002, her doctors gave her two months to live. After being treated with four different forms of chemotherapy and two experimental treatments, the eight large tumors lining her abdomen were reduced and...

  • 10-K to Stomp Out AK-47s.

    October 6, 2009 | 10:21 pm

    Ten years ago, any talk of the shooting victims of the North Valley Jewish Community Center would likely have been discouraging to hear, at best. Now two of the survivors, Mindy Finkelstein, 26, and Joshua Stepakoff, 16, have put the fear behind them and joined up with Women Against...

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  • Party Like a (Bar Mitzvah) Rock Star

    June 24, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    Most parents are willing to do anything to make their kids’ dream bar or bat mitzvah celebration come true, even if it means fulfilling rock-star ambitions — be they genuine or virtual.

    If your son or daughter spends hours in the garage jamming on a guitar with friends or in...

  • Theater: Sax on the mic molds music into ‘Clay’

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Since the beginning of human history, man has struggled to figure out the meaning of life. This struggle has often been associated with a feeling of pain; a hurt often felt in real life and expressed many times through art. An idea of this magnitude is not lost on writer and solo...
  • L.A. punk rock poet Rollins tours Israel—on TV

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Before Henry Rollins returns to the Independent Film Channel on April 13 with his alternative brand of celebrity interviews, the late-night host will precede the second season premier of "The Henry Rollins Show" with a half-hour special on the Jewish state. "Henry Rollins: Uncut From...
  • Rock ‘n’ roll dreams come true at the Westside JCC

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A billboard in front of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC) read, "Battle of the Bands." Admittedly, the Westside JCC is not the place you'd normally go to watch bands play, but the center is hoping to change that.

    In the three years that Brian Greene has been the Westside...

  • Time for the last dance at folk dancing venue

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This week marks the closing of Café Danssa, a mecca for folk dancers in Los Angeles for 41 years. For much of that time, Danssa was a slice of Israel, or on some nights a slice of Greece, the Balkans or Brazil. In its early years, it was a pilgrimage point for dance aficionados and...
  • Reggae grows another Jewish branch

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most meaningful Jewish gifts would have to be the planting of an elan, Hebrew for tree, in Israel in one's honor.

    And in the case of Los Angeles-born musician Elan, no other name would suit him quite as well.

    His reggae and dancehall-inspired music has firmly planted...

  • missFlag shuns politics for love in Israel’s indie rock scene

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Throughout human history, flag wavers have always received special attention.

    missFlag, an up-and-coming indie band from Israel, hopes to receive some special attention of its own when it makes its first stab at securing a place in the history of commercial pop music success...

  • Radio DJ Jimmy Kay brings folksy charm to folkie L.A

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A radio DJ might not be your idea of an innovative storyteller, but who can't relate to the desire to inflict your own personal interests onto the greater Los Angeles listening public? DJ Jimmy Kay does just this every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight on KKGO 1260AM, where he...
  • Silver Jews Singer Polishes Up Dirty Past

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What kind of precious metal is shiny, hard as a rock and sings the Shema?

    A Silver Jew of course!

    David Berman, lead singer, songwriter and head-miner of the alt-rock group the Silver Jews is finding out that the depression of his musical past has been rejuvenated by of all...

  • Psalm-Thing to Sing About in New Album

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever thought about what makes a good song? The Virginia-born Miri Hunter Haruach, who lives in Los Angeles, is a folk singer, playwright, student of Judaism and proud purveyor of a doctorate in women's studies, and she believes that to make a good song, you need a little...

  • Cultural Mix Inspires Revenge’s Warfield

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Get out a pen and the map to Los Angeles. Now, draw a crooked line from the dense neighborhoods of South Central to the suburb-hubbub of North Hollywood. No, this is not a story about a Metro route but rather one about familial roots. Justin Warfield, the monotone-voiced, seductive...

  • Big-Screen Beasties

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You've probably never thought about what the music of the Beastie Boys and grandma's kugel have in common. Both artistic endeavors call for a recipe with a whole cup of spunk, a teaspoon of social and cultural justice and more than a pinch of love mixed in for the perfect...

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