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Jewish Journal

Stephen J. Sass

  • From pioneers, peddlers and politicians to cutting-edge community

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tell most visitors that L.A. Jewish history dates back before the Gold Rush, or that Southern California is home to the second-largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel, and they usually look at you in astonishment.

    But however entrenched the notion that Jewish life...

  • In the Name of Sean Ferguson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One Berel Bienstock, a leading European Yiddish stage actor, had rather limited spoken English abilities. As long as his lip movements approximated the printed dialogue on the screen, Bienstock was not too concerned with diction, and so he was confident he'd soon land a job in the...

  • In the Name of Sean Ferguson

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One Berel Bienstock, a leading European Yiddish stage actor, had rather limited spoken English abilities. As long as his lip movements approximated the printed dialogue on the screen, Bienstock was not too concerned with diction, and so he was confident he'd soon land a job in the...

  • Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jewry and the Birth ofIsrael By Stephen J. Sass

    "My heart is in the East, and I am in the end ofthe West."

    Yehuda Halevi was describing his feelings oflonging for the Holy Land as a Jew living in Spain during the MiddleAges, but his words express just as well the...

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