Jewish Journal

Meredith Price

  • Scraping the sky in upscale Tel Aviv

    October 26, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    As Yigal Zemah, CEO of Berggruen Residential, stands on the seventh floor of the new Meier-on-Rothschild skyscraper set in the epicenter of Tel Aviv at 36 Rothschild Blvd., a wide smile crosses his face. The luxurious new building slated for completion in 2014 will be the tallest...

  • Naomi Ragen’s cathartic eighth novel

    November 3, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    For many years, Orthodox novelist and playwright Naomi Ragen has drawn upon her own knowledge and experience to shape her texts, but it is her most recent novel that comes closest to home. Inspired by her legal battles over the last three and a half years concerning copyright...

  • Ethiopian troupe brings shoulder dancing to L.A.

    October 13, 2010 | 9:30 am

    The first time Dr. Ruth Eshel witnessed esketa (which means shoulder dance, in Amharic), she was astounded. “I knew immediately that this was something new and different, something I had never seen before,” Eshel said with enthusiasm over a cup of steaming coffee at Tel Aviv’s...

  • Bridging Cultural Gaps Through Dance

    August 10, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    “I don’t care about mistakes,” Israeli American choreographer Barak Marshall told a studio teeming with sweaty dancers at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Dance Center last week. “They’re beautiful things, because they mean you’re trying. Now, let’s take it from the top one...

  • Tel Aviv/L.A. Film Confab Broadens Musical Horizons

    July 6, 2010 | 6:51 pm

    As Doug Frank, president of music operations for Warner Bros. Pictures, stood up to address a small audience in Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque late last month at the 12th annual Master Class in Film and Television, he began with a question:

    “What color are you?”

    The atmosphere was...

  • L.A. Latino Leaders Visit ‘Real’ Israel

    May 18, 2010 | 6:38 pm

    When Gil Artzyeli was hired in 2008 as deputy consul general of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, his mission was clear: to strengthen ties between the Latino and Jewish communities. Last week, that mission took a big leap forward as 21 non-Jewish community leaders toured Israel...

  • Disabled Israeli Kids Get Help in Negev

    March 9, 2010 | 4:05 pm

    Like most fathers, Israeli Maj. Gen. Doron Almog imagined great things for his son, Eran. Named for Almog’s beloved brother who died in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, Almog hoped Eran would inherit some of the humor and success that had defined his namesake. He wanted him to be brave,...

  • Right Place, Wrong Time

    December 9, 2009 | 1:25 am

    After what should have been the highlight of her career turned into a national tragedy, Israeli singer Miri Aloni, who will perform at American Jewish University on Sunday, Dec. 13, went from beloved songbird to mnemonic figure almost overnight. Her most popular hit from the late...

  • The Unity Trip

    November 5, 2009 | 3:19 pm

    Click here for to read the statements from the participating rabbis.

    See a slide show of the trip below

    Israeli Consul General of Los Angeles Jacob Dayan personally invited the 18 L.A. rabbis from Orthodox, Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism to come to Israel for 58 hours...

  • Oz Mines Country’s Past in Personal Narratives

    November 5, 2009 | 3:25 am

    Just as the first heavy rain of the season began to beat against the large red awning of the Marilyn Monroe Café in Ramat Aviv, an area in north Tel Aviv, Amos Oz stepped under the protected terrace, looked around and smiled as I stood to shake his hand. Punctual to the minute at...

  • Migdal Ohr: The Meaning of Love

    September 23, 2009 | 8:49 pm

    On a hilltop high above the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, Lior Salomon stands in the central courtyard of Migdal Ohr’s sprawling campus and points to the industrial city of Migdal Ha’Emek far below. “Everything you see there now — all the buildings and factories — is...

  • Hollywood Shakes Hands With Israel

    July 29, 2009 | 9:44 pm

    The 11th annual Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Master Class at Tel Aviv’s Cinematheque began this week offering both negative and positive news for Israeli students and professionals. Founded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and co-sponsored by HOT cable company, the event was...

  • The Meaning of Life for ‘$9.99’

    June 10, 2009 | 3:13 pm

    With more than 50 short films based on his short stories, Etgar Keret is no stranger to the world of cinema. But for the first time ever, the brilliant young Israeli writer, best known for his satirical flash fiction, has adapted his own work to a feature film.

    In the upcoming...

  • Education on the Edge: The Bialik-Rogozin School

    May 27, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    From the outside, the brown stucco exterior and flat architectural lines of the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv are uninspiring. The building blends in well with its impoverished gray surroundings, where row after row of stained concrete housing blocks eventually lead to the...

  • Many Israelis Walk Down Wedding Aisle Less Traveled

    February 19, 2009 | 3:02 am

    Alternative wedding celebrations are on the rise in Israel. From celebrity ceremony officiators to personalized ketubahs and hand-written vows, Jewish wedding ceremonies in Israel are no longer all the same.

    One of the reasons for this new trend is related to the young, secular...

  • Israel’s Design World Faces a Shoe-Making Dilemma

    February 19, 2009 | 12:59 am

    Thanks to the foundation of The Guild, a new shoe and accessory school in Tel Aviv, a new generation of talented Israeli shoe designers is flourishing. But despite the growing number of handmade shoes in the Holy Land, many new designers are facing real challenges in getting their...

  • Israel’s Hazon Yeshaya means meal in many languages

    July 17, 2008 | 12:21 am

    The numbers are staggering. According to the latest report conducted by the national office of social security, 677,700 families (20.5 percent of all families) currently live below the poverty line in Israel. The statistics get even worse when you count the children -- 925,800, which...
  • Melding world’s sounds, Ben Ari seeks harmony

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Mosh Ben Ari: Yah

    He's been called the Israeli Bob Marley and the king of Israeli soul. Others claim that he may be the call to prayer that we've all been waiting for from the Middle East.

    Known for putting on shows that are full of warmth and good energy, Mosh Ben Ari is a...

  • History plays a role in Festival selections

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    From the titles alone, one might guess that this year's documentaries at the 23rd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles have something to do with Israeli history. Indeed, according to Meir Fenigstein, the founder and executive director of the festival, who is a Tel Aviv native, this...
  • Israeli’s ‘Makom’ sculptures merge art and archaeology

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the quiet, pastoral village of Kfar Shmu'el, not far from Jerusalem, Michal Rovner's studio is an inspiring place to create art. The large, white building, with its high ceilings and minimalist decor, has several dark workrooms full of computers, screens, projectors and various...
  • Meet that little old winemaker, Ben-Zaken

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A narrow, winding road through the verdant Judean valley leads up to the Domaine du Castel winery. Just a few kilometers away from Jerusalem and nestled atop a small peak in the residential Ramat Raziel Moshav, the vineyard overlooks a natural landscape of gentle, rolling hills. In...
  • Recycling on the fashion runway

    April 4, 2008 | 1:00 pm

    Ever since the nonprofit organization Earth Pledge teamed up with Barney's in 2005 during New York's renowned fashion week to demonstrate that sustainable fashion and style can coexist, eco-fashion activists have been quipping that "green is the new black." Almost overnight,...
  • Israel [hearts] Valentine's Day

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Although many people today correlate St. Valentine's Day with Christianity, the contemporary, commercial holiday of love is actually rooted in paganism. In honor of the goddess of marriage, love, fertility and women, Juno Februata, the Romans held a pagan festival in which girls and...
  • Floating fashions are totally tubular

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Forget cotton, Lycra and leather. Israeli balloon twister Ori Livney has a new material that could put a real bounce in your gown: rubber.

    "The air is the expensive part," says Ori Livney, grinning from behind a pile of colorful rubber balloons. "But it's not as complicated as it...