Jewish Journal

Jonathan Maseng

  • Jewish children’s choir combines the power of youth with the magic of music

    August 5, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    It’s Sunday afternoon at the Workmen’s Circle in Pico-Robertson. A group of Orthodox women sit chatting in a back room, while, a few feet away, a father in blue jeans talks with a mother who is clearly not as traditional. In the large social hall, several dozen children — Orthodox,...

  • Ruth Weisberg exhibition captures timeless emotions

    July 23, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    The fruits of Ruth Weisberg’s artistic career can’t fit in one room, but a new exhibition, “Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time,” sure is doing its best.

    The exhibition at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts runs through the end of August and includes works that reference topics ranging...

  • All that glitters is Ari Gold

    July 16, 2015 | 10:07 am

    Sir Ari Gold isn’t actually a knight, but the popular singer and LGBT rights activist can be seen in shining armor in photos on his website. His bold and scandalous style, outspoken nature, and catchy music blending dance and R&B sensibilities ensures no one could ever mistake him...

  • Singer Tony Orlando, longtime friend of Israel, to receive Chabad’s Voice of Courage Award

    June 3, 2015 | 11:22 am

    Tony Orlando is not Jewish. Not even a little. 

    So why, then, is the half-Greek, half-Puerto Rican Christian who rose to prominence in the 1970s with the group Tony Orlando and Dawn — producing a string of smash hits like “Knock Three Times,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole...

  • ‘Waterfall,’ coming to Pasadena Playhouse, bucks Broadway norms

    June 1, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Songwriter David Shire’s newest work, “Waterfall,” which gets its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse May 29, started in his mind as anything but a likely hit. Now, however, the Academy Award-winning songwriter and composer, whose work has graced the stage and the silver...

  • Hadag Nahash in Los Angeles

    April 23, 2015 | 4:29 am

    “The best description that I found is modern Middle Eastern funk,” Shaa’nan Streett said by phone from Israel, describing the uber-popular Israeli band Hadag Nahash he co-founded nearly 20 years ago. Since 1996, the band has been pumping out popular, politically conscious,...

  • Keren Ann returns to Skirball

    April 23, 2015 | 2:19 am

    Keren Ann Zeidel, better known as Keren Ann, isn’t afraid. She’s not afraid of technology, or change, or terrorism; in fact, she even seems to be handling motherhood with aplomb. Speaking by phone from her home in Paris, Keren Ann drifted between waxing poetic about her career;...

  • Bringing music to AJU

    April 2, 2015 | 7:54 pm

    “Once upon a time there was a legacy of producing original pieces in all the different arts, and for whatever reason, we’d strayed from that,” said Rabbi Gary Oren, dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at American Jewish University (AJU), on a recent afternoon.  

  • ‘Foxcatcher’: Why it took 7 years to complete

    February 9, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    For Hollywood screenwriters, having your work rewritten is a fact of life, although it goes without saying that most writers hate it. So it's an odd pleasure to meet a pair like E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, a writer and a rewriter who not only don't hate each other, but actually...

  • ‘Hi, Hitler,’ It’s Me, Lucie

    December 11, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    When Lucie Pohl was a young girl, her mother asked her what she’d like to dress up as for a carnival.

    “Hitler,” Pohl said, confidently.  

    “I don’t think that’s a good idea, Lucie,” her mother said. “Is there anything else you’d like to be?” 

    Pohl ended up dressing as a spoon,...

  • L.A. Community Eruv facing dire financial crisis

    November 25, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Howard Witkin is something of an expert when it comes to things people don’t appreciate until they truly need them. When he’s not busy raising his children, or making a line of etrog liqueur with his wife, Marni, Witkin is a life insurance salesman. His other passion is the Los...

  • Mark Kligman fills new Mickey Katz chair at UCLA

    August 13, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Mickey Katz is a name not well known to most young Americans, or even young American Jews, but his influence on popular culture has been significant. The father of Joel Grey and grandfather of Jennifer Grey was a man ahead of his time, a comedian and musician who eschewed...

  • Dear Dwight Howard: Here’s what #FreePalestine really means

    July 21, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Dwight Howard has never been able to transfer his deftness on the basketball court, his drive, his sheer,  bold athleticism and vision, to his public relations.  Whether he's insulting Laker Nation, awkwardly hugging Stan Van Gundy after throwing him under a bus, or tweeting out...

  • ‘Hallelujah’ brings Israeli song to the American stage

    June 13, 2014 | 9:03 am

    For a country less than a century old, Israel has produced a remarkably deep trove of popular music.  From the pre-statehood years of Shoshana Damari and Moshe Vilensky to the post independence music of Naomi Shemer and Sasha Argov, up to the present where acts like Idan Reichel...

  • ‘Intersection’ at the Breed Street Shul

    June 4, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    The heavily Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights might seem an odd place to hold an art show that appeals to Jews, but for many native Angelenos who are familiar with the neighborhood’s history, it makes perfect sense. 

    Boyle Heights, the onetime home of most of the city’s Jewry,...

  • The little chorale that could

    May 28, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Very few things have been constant within the Angel City Chorale during its 21 years of existence. Singers have come and gone, rehearsal and performance spaces have changed with regularity, and the repertoire is ever-changing and expanding, but behind it all, Sue Fink, Angel City’s...