Jewish Journal

Nick Street

  • Islamic tales of forbidden love, lovers

    July 2, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    produced by Sandi Simcha Dubowski, we meet Mazen, a 20-something Egyptian man who has fled Cairo for Paris to avoid the three-year prison sentence authorities want to impose on him because he is gay.

    "I was in jail a year before my trial," Mazen says as he watches a video recording...

  • Albert Winn’s photography captures the intertwining influences of Judaism and illness

    June 5, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    When the cold-and-flu season rolls around, Albert Winn's longtime boyfriend usually gets sidelined by a bug for a week or two, but Winn says he seldom gets a sniffle.

    "Virus?" Winn said with a chuckle as he mused on his robustness. "You don't know from virus."

    Sixty-year-old Winn has...

  • Reform rabbinical school teaches students to reach out to HIV/AIDS patients

    June 5, 2008 | 2:37 pm

    HIV/AIDS education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) means "making sure rabbinical students don't leave campus before they hone their skills to help people in need," said Michele Prince, director of the Kalsman Institute of Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR....
  • Valley couple shares bimah for rite of passage

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Lee Larsen and Bob Clarke met in the 1970s at the 8709 Bathhouse -- one of Los Angeles' best known gay social spots of the time -- they never imagined that they would one day share a very different kind of aquatic experience.

    "We were so high after our mikvah," Temple Beth...

  • An old story finds new life in LGBT haggadah

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Asher Gellis talks about his life with a modest but clear-eyed sense of wonder that fits his role as a young community activist who is just beginning to hit his stride. Next week, JQ International, an organization that has helped to nurture his development as a leader, will host a...
  • Theater: Tolins draws on his own mentorship ‘Secrets’

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Everything I write is a question of identity," Jonathan Tolins says over tea after a yoga class in Sherman Oaks. "What choices do you have? What roles do you take on?"

    Those concerns are readily apparent in a body of stage- and screenwriting that has touched on the Jewish family and...

  • Music: All ‘Transport Systems’ are ‘go’ for Ari Gold’s album vision

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm feeling shtetl fabulous," singer Ari Gold confesses on the opening track of "Transport Systems," his fourth studio album and the first to reflect his creative vision from concept to completion.

    That bit of glittery self-satisfaction is well deserved. Threading through the...

  • Film: ‘Bubble’ star crosses many borders in role as gay Palestinian

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Yousef Sweid has worked as an actor, dancer, director, writer and puppeteer. To that list of talents one can add tightrope walking, a feat he accomplishes with considerable grace both in his life and in "The Bubble," a new film from Eytan Fox that opens in Los Angeles on Sept. 7.


  • Bipolar Express: ‘Idiot Box’ takes a trip

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rhoda, Mary, Laverne or Rachel would feel instantly at home in Donna Marquet's quirky-cute set for "The Idiot Box," a play currently at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. The cloying "anyplace and no place" flatmates in the big city vibe is spot-on for "The Idiot Box," a shrewd,...
  • Films at L.A.‘s Outfest examines gay life in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Trailer for 'The Bubble'
    The morning after they first make love, Noam and Ashraf -- the twentysomething romantic leads in "The Bubble," Eytan Fox's gay spin on the Romeo and Juliet story -- take in the sunrise over Tel Aviv from the roof of Noam's apartment building.

    In an easygoing...

  • Donors’ love of the stars shines on at Griffith Observatory

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The late Samuel Oschin loved adventure travel.

    Some of his best-known and most exotic expeditions included retracing Robert Peary's voyage to the North Pole, paddling up the Amazon in a dugout canoe and crossing the Alps atop an elephant (à la Hannibal).

    Less well known is the...

  • Films: Teen gang members take a page from Anne Frank in ‘Freedom Writers’

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Freedom Writers" opens with a montage of scenes from Long Beach two years after the Los Angeles riots. Images of gang life and the neighborhoods where members stage their brutal rites float on a stream of hip-hop sound.

    Into this picture steps an eager but overdressed Erin Gruwell,...

  • Jewish and Muslim students at USC share dorm and friendships

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The fact that the Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim Mughal is news to one Jewish student, who asked not to be named. The student and Asad Hasnat, a sophomore from Pakistan, have been talking about architecture in India during one of the weekly Monday Munchies socials put together for...

  • Sherwood Schwartz—creator of hit TV shows ‘Gilligans Island’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’—trades sitc

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sherwood Schwartz is not one to complain. Which isn't to say he has nothing to complain about.

    "Right now I have a torn rotator cuff," he said during an interview at his home in Beverly Hills. "So I guess I could complain about my arm all day. But what the hell?" The three old...

  • Secrets of cosmos draw eyes heavenward

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Ultra Deep Field Image from the Hubble Space Telescope is rapturous.

    Over the course of four months in late 2003 and early 2004, the orbiting observatory trained its eye hundreds of times on a speck of the heavens just south of the constellation Orion.

    Why this minuscule spot?...

  • Finding their way home to Judaism: three same-sex couples share their conversion stories

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My parents were old hippies," said Felicia Park-Rogers, who grew up in the Bay Area. "They were very suspicious of organized religion and anything else smacking of authority."
    When Park-Rogers, 35, met Rachel Timoner, her partner-to-be, in San Francisco in the early 1990s, she was...
  • New Year brings new hope to inmates

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a 24-year-old UCLA student, has gotten under my skin. I met him a month ago when I followed Rabbi Yossi Carron on his rounds through Men's Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Daniel had a few more days to serve on the six-month sentence...
  • Rabbi Carron brightens prisoners’ darkest days

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a blue-eyed 24-year-old who was a few credits shy of finishing his undergraduate degree at UCLA last spring, is now an inmate in unit 131 at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.
    When Rabbi Yossi Carron arrives for his meeting with Daniel -- not...