Jewish Journal

  • The Cultural Connection: Part 3: Israeli Television

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 25, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Although Israeli television has become a major source for material for US television, it loses all of its function as a window into Israeli society when it gets adapted to the US. Not so of course for the actual Israeli programs several of which can be found with English subtitles on... read on

  • The Cultural Conection Part 2 Israeli Popular Music

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 19, 2012 | 8:53 pm

    This week I got a chance to catch a concert by Israeli pop superstar Moshe Peretz at a great small venue call Tzafta in Jerusalem. This was particularly a treat since Peretz usually plays to sold out crowds in Israels Nokia Center in Tel Aviv (Israels staples center/msg/universal... read on

  • The Cultural Connection: Two Winnners From The Israel Film Festival

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 16, 2012 | 5:10 am

    It wasn’t easy to get into many of the films at the Israel Film Festival that closed last night. But Friday morning I was able to catch Sharqiya which won the award for best Israeli film at the festival. As is often the case the film and its success point to all the complexity of... read on

  • Making the Cultural Connection to Israel

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 12, 2012 | 4:30 am

    I have had on my to blog list (which is long and getting longer) writing something on the cultural connection. A few recent chavayot (experiences) have gotten me motivated to begin a series of entries on contemporary Israeli culture.
    I was particularly motivated after attending an... read on

  • Its Not Always About Iran and the Palestinian Issue

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 5, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Sometimes its good to have a reality check on the main current events in Israel seen here rather than through the prism of the world media, the jewish media and American Jews’ perspective on Israel.

    Just like the summer social protests of last year had nothing to do with the... read on

  • Layla Lavan 2012 Report

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 4, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    Layla Lavan had a different wrinkle this year as groups associated with the social protest movement—-which was so large…but not so successful last summer—staging counter events. Some artists and art galleries also declined to participate in reaction to the police treatment of... read on

  • Maybe This Should Have Been The First Stage of the Woody Allen Project

    By LW Ben Yechezkiel

    July 4, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    The Jerusalem Film Festival begins tonight (July 5) with a gala premiere in Brechat Hasultan, situated just outside the walls of the Old City.

    The mee v mee (who’s who) of the Israeli enterntainment industry and many involved in the film industrty from around the world will be in attendance.

    But who won’t be there ? Director Woody Allen

    Maybe the Woody Allen project suggested by my friend JJ editor Rob Eshman should have started months ago: Mr. Allen” we make your film the premiere of our festival If you have the decency to show up.”




The Chavaya Experience.

Yes, Hebrew speakers I know the title is redundant…aval kacha zeh Chavaya is a Hebrew word that literally translated means experience. But at least...

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