Jewish Journal

Step Into ‘Exodus’ at the Skirball Cultural Center

by Edmon J. Rodman, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2013 | 4:33 am

From left: Jones Varenne, Liam Varenne and Alex Bond, get into character on the Skirball’s “Exodus Steps.” Photo by Edmon J. Rodman

This Passover, to take your first steps toward an L.A. Exodus — fulfilling the haggadah’s edict that each person must see themselves as if they were leaving Egypt — you must first make it... read full article

  • Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges honoring Nazi war criminal

    by Georgina Prodhan, Reuters

    March 11, 2013 | 6:37 am

    The famed Vienna Philharmonic has acknowledged that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler's rule and that its director may have delivered a prestigious orchestra award to a Nazi war criminal two decades after the end of World War Two.

    The orchestra, which...

  • The clout of Judge Stanley Mosk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 7, 2013 | 4:03 am

    A new biography of California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk opens with an apt quote from the late and much-loved Jewish Journal columnist Marlene Adler Marks: “Mosk,” Marks wrote in these pages in 1997, “is California history with a heartbeat.”

    Mosk entered public service...

  • Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performs at U.N.


    March 6, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    The Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

    Rita performed in Hebrew, English and Farsi at the "Tunes for Peace" concert on Tuesday night -- just the third full-fledged concert at the U.N. venue.

    The singer, who goes by just her first...

  • Charity wins over runners

    by Zan Romanoff, Contributing Writer

    March 6, 2013 | 5:01 am

    More than 20,000 runners participated in the Jerusalem Marathon on March 1, completing a course that started at the Knesset and passed a number of important cultural landmarks, offering sweeping views of the city and, as the marathon’s Web site touts, “a run through history.”


  • Unleashing dance, offstage

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    March 6, 2013 | 4:31 am

    Choreographer Heidi Duckler isn’t content simply to make works for a stage. To her, the whole of Los Angeles, the whole of the world, even, is fit for dancing. Why leap across a theater floor when you can glide around the lobby of an office building? Why spin atop sprung wood when...

  • Hard boiled in Boyle Heights

    by Sharon Rosen Leib, Contributing Writer

    March 6, 2013 | 1:06 am

    As soon as I finished Janice Steinberg’s new novel “The Tin Horse” (Random House, $26), I gave a copy to my 100-year-old Grandma Bea. Steinberg’s richly textured Jewish family narrative echoes my own Bubbe’s past — and that of so many other Jews who moved to Los Angeles in the...

  • Milt Okun’s wild ride

    by Michael Aushenker, Contributing Writer

    March 6, 2013 | 12:46 am

    A few years ago, Rosemary Okun, wife of veteran music producer, arranger and singer Milt Okun, had an inspired idea: take a who’s who lineup from the opera world and pair the performers with John Denver compositions.

    In some ways, it made perfect sense. Not only did her husband...

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