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Jewish Journal

Ellen Sandler

  • Life on the picket lines—a striking writer reports

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I was asked by The Jewish Journal whether I'd like to write something funny about the WGA strike, I thought -- hey, there's nothing funny about this: corporate bullies refusing to pay writers for their work. This is serious. But as my friend Rob Lotterstein, creator and...
  • Raymond Barone, Crypto-Jew?

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When you watch "Everybody Loves Raymond," you take it for granted that the Barones are Italian, right?

    But don't these people remind you a lot of people in your family? Your Jewish family?

    While "Raymond" is a traditional family sitcom -- not sexy or taboo-breaking like HBO's "Sex in...

  • Too Jewish? No Way!

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the reasons, perhaps the reason, Bette Midler has been a very big star for a very long time is her enormous gift to let us in on who she is, and that includes being Jewish, with no apologies. That's pretty unusual for TV, but was there ever any pressure to tone down the...

  • Divine Inspiration

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Why do most people want to believe that a successful career in show business happens by luck? Maybe it's because for people who haven't made it, that's a good explanation or excuse. And maybe successful people want it to seem as if it were easy for them, as if they were chosen to...

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  • Why Get Married?

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We'd been seeing each other for about three and a half years, and it'd come up, more than once.

    Conversations like:
    "Should we?"
    "No... well, maybe. I don't know."
    "Do you want to?"
    "Not now."

    Why get married? I love him, we're already living together, things are just fine, why do we need...

  • Disseminating Distortions

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Internet may prove a valuable tool for preserving a language spoken by Jews for 500 years. Sephardi Jews from around the world could help compile a dictionary of Ladino by providing their input via the Internet, according to Winfried Busse, a professor of philology at the Berlin...

  • If You Are What You Eat, I Must Be Jewish

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a vegetarian. So why were there six pounds of brisket in my oven last week? Because Max, my 15-year-old son, loves it. When he was 9 we went to my friends the Weisses for seder, and he ate brisket. He never forgot it. Two years later he asked me if I could get "Arlene's recipe"...
  • It’s Just Business

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Do they all have to be Italian?"

    This is the question the network executive asked the creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond" as they were casting Ray Romano's family. A dumb question? If what was going on here was finding the best possible cast for a particular show, then, yeah, it...