Jewish Journal

  • Germany’s Kiefer says Jewish collectors boosted career

    by Michael Roddy, Reuters

    3 weeks ago

    German artist Anselm Kiefer, many of whose huge canvases examine the legacy of the Third Reich, attributes much of his success to Jewish collectors in New York who latched onto his art early in his career when his fellow Germans were not all that interested.

    Kiefer spoke on...

  • Jewish cookbook project wins national prize

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    3 weeks ago

    A cookbook that started as a pay-it-forward project has won first place — and a $5,000 prize — in a national contest for one local Jewish women’s group.

    “Try It, You’ll Like It” is a cookbook by the Jewish Women’s Initiative (JWI), a division of Aish Los Angeles, featuring more...

  • Internet tycoon under fire for rare Hitler-signed ‘Mein Kampf’


    March 27, 2014 | 9:34 am

    A German-born Internet tycoon who is fighting extradition from New Zealand to the United States for racketeering is under fire after acknowledging he owns a rare signed copy of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

    Kim Dotcom, the founder of MegaUpload, a file-transfer website that U.S....

  • Braun’s back, Kinsler’s in Detroit and other Jewish Major Leaguers

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    March 26, 2014 | 10:33 am

    In the biblical tradition of lingering in the desert en route to the Promised Land, Major League Baseball teams are packing up and embarking on their exodus from Arizona (and Florida) spring training sites to begin the new season.

    Rosters won’t be finalized until this weekend,...

  • They call me Matajudios

    by Diego Melamed, Reuters

    March 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    There is a town in Spain called Castrillo Matajudios, and in Colombia “Matajudios” is a common surname.

    The problem is, in Spanish one meaning of the name is “Kills Jews.” Which has led a Colombian emigre cashier in Argentina to attract the ire of a Jewish organization there.

  • A theatrical pilgrimage to Sephardi’s ‘forgotten kingdom’

    by Jonathan Maseng

    March 20, 2014 | 11:19 am

    It’s often said that Sephardic culture gets shortchanged in the Jewish world, particularly in comparison to its more famous Ashkenazi counterpart, but as of late, Los Angeles has been awash in the sounds of Ladino and the culture of ancient Spanish Jewry. Now that L.A.’s first...

  • ‘Closely Related’ looks at what it’s like to be the ‘other’

    by Iris Mann

    March 20, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “Closely Related Keys,” a new work at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood by award-winning playwright Wendy Graf, depicts the shock and upheaval that ensues when Julia (Diarra Kilpatrick), an African-American attorney climbing the ladder in a Republican law firm who is involved in an...

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