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Reflections on Jewish day schools’ Hebrew classes

By Ryan Torok

January 23, 2014 | 11:23 am

Jewish day school leadership conference. Photo by Ryan Torok.

Hebrew workbooks
While attending the 2014 Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference last weekend, I met a vendor that was selling Hebrew books. She said that the business is... read on

  • Eritrean solidarity rally underscores community divisiveness over Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    January 22, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    On Wednesday, a protest that expressed solidarity with Eritreans refugee-status seekers in Israel drew approximately 30 Jewish-Americans and Eritreans from Los Angeles and nearby. Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC) organized the Los Angeles protest, which took place... read on

  • Matisyahu appears for one night at Sundance [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    January 19, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    Keep playing, Matisyahu signals to one of his band mates. The reggae artist is performing his hit song, “One Day.”

    The acoustic guitarist obliges, keeps the strum pattern going.

    A couple measures later, Matis segues into the first verse of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley.

    The... read on

  • Vogue: Lena Dunham, “hardest-working millennial in show business”

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2014 | 6:56 pm

    What would Bob Dylan think about Vogue magazine’s new profile on Lena Dunham?

    In “Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy?” a Jan. 15 article in the fashion magazine, Dunham draws comparisons to the famous folk singer. 

    “Since Girls launched in 2012, the 27-year-old Dunham has... read on

  • Jewish con men shine in Oscar nominations

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 16, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Thursday’s Oscar nominations proved to be a bonanza for Jewish con men, with “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” spotlighting the shenanigans of two members of the tribe unlikely to be feted at any Jewish Man of the Year banquet.

    “American Hustle,” which co-led the... read on

  • Haim play hometown gig. This reporter swoons.

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Los Angeles trio Haim played a hometown concert for Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Jan. 15. The six-song performance on the KROQ Red Bull Sound Space near Culver City, CA was steamed live (video below). 

    Made up entirely of songs from their debut album, “Days are Gone,” which... read on

  • Gordon-Levitt’s new TV series to debut on Saturday

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is coming to the small screen. The popular actor's ("Inception") new television show, "HitRecord on TV," will have its debut this Saturday.

    Gordon-Levitt is the host of the show, and his production company, HitRecord, produced it. 

    "The Number 1," the first... read on

  • Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, off to Broadway?

    By Ryan Torok

    January 13, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who co-created "Seinfeld," are headed off to Broadway together. Possibly.

    In a conversation with Showbiz 411, David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") said that he has written a play, and he hints that Seinfeld--who has been busy as of late on the press... read on

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