Jewish Journal

Home movies reveal cultural history of SoCal Jews

by Jonathan Maseng

April 4, 2012 | 2:39 pm

Sol Kreisler with his fiancée, Winifred, on a date in the wildflowers in the California desert near Bakersfield, 1941. Photo courtesy of the Labyrinth Project

Home movies have long played an important role in the lives of American Jews. Backyard barbecues, baby namings, bar mitzvahs — few are the events that haven’t been captured on film by... read full article

  • The mitzvah of maror

    by Linda Cohen

    April 4, 2012 | 11:53 am

    “The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new.”

    Last year, while attending a seder on the first night of Passover, three words in the haggadah caught my eye. Now we partake of the...

  • Palestinians bestow journalism award on Helen Thomas


    April 2, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas received a prize in journalism from a representative of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Thomas, 91, who was forced into retirement two years ago after making controversial remarks about Jews and Israel, was recognized for...

  • Palestinian Olympic team goalie arrested for terror attack


    April 2, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The goalie of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team and Palestinian Red Crescent employees were among 13 West Bank residents arrested for an attack on Israeli soldiers.

    The arrests in the Jan. 20 shooting attack against Israeli troops were announced Monday by the Israel Defense...

  • From L.A. to Casablanca and back again

    by Jonathan Maseng

    March 29, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    On May 16, 2003, a series of suicide bombings struck Casablanca. The target: Jews. Luckily, the suicide bombers were not particularly savvy, and the Jewish targets they struck were empty for Shabbat. Although no Jews were killed, nearly 30 Muslims died as a result of the blasts. In...

  • For the kids, beyond the questions

    by Lisa Silverman

    March 29, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    “A Sweet Passover” by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by David Slonim (Abrams: $16.95).

    It turns out that little Miriam is not so different from the rest of us. By the final day of Passover, she gets sick of eating matzah and refuses to eat it ever again. Newman, a well-respected...

  • New Haggadahs: Reform version, novelists’ take and Ethiopian flavor

    by David A.M. Wilensky, JTA

    March 28, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Leading a seder for the first time this year? There’s an app for that.

    Entries in the annual stream of new Haggadahs this year include a Reform version that comes in hardcover, paperback and iPad app editions. Two others feature a gorgeously designed Haggadah that features an...

  • Hershey Felder’s two Los Angeles theater turns

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    Hershey Felder is a prolific performer, writer and composer, but he is setting a new personal record with world premieres of two plays at different Los Angeles venues.

    Best known as the piano-playing alter ego of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Frederic Chopin, Felder is...

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