Jewish Journal

The many hats of Mayim Bialik

by Dvora Meyers

December 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

Mayim Bialik will be hosting a fundraiser for Rabbis for Human Rights of North America honoring clergy members who have stood out for their devotion to justice. Photo by Denise Herrick Borchert

Mayim Bialik’s career has gone through several phases since she burst onto the pop culture radar as the lead of the 1990s NBC-TV series “Blossom.”

After the show wrapped, she earned... read full article

  • Back to Ukraine: A filmmaker’s diary of living in her ancestors’ land

    by Jonathan Maseng

    November 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Naomi Uman is a woman of many talents, but drawing is not one of them. “I always knew that I was an artist, but I can’t and I couldn’t draw realistically,” Uman said during a phone interview from New York where she was visiting her mother. And so, rather than pursuing a...

  • Beyond the blockbusters

    by Iris Mann

    November 23, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Among the holiday-oriented movies slated for this season, we find some quite unusual, fascinating fare, including a spy story, a silent movie, a couple of films from Iran and the latest project of the celebrated, though controversial, French-Polish filmmaker, Roman Polanski.

  • Agnieszka Holland: Grappling with humanity’s contradictions

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Agnieszka Holland, director of “In Darkness,” has always been intrigued by the contradictions and extremes of human nature.

    “I always wonder at how fragile and how strong we are, how evil and irrational under some circumstances, and how brave and compassionate at other...

  • Surviving a descent into ‘Darkness’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

    In the run-up to the Academy Awards last year, when not a single domestic or foreign film entry touched on a Holocaust or Nazi-era theme, I speculated that this particular genre had probably run its course.

    I now formally withdraw the hasty prediction after seeing “In Darkness,”...

  • Hollywood delegation explores Israeli politics, culture

    by Michele Chabin

    November 22, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    A group of high-profile Hollywood professionals was in Israel last week to learn more about the complicated challenges Israel faces.

    The delegation met with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers and counterparts in the arts, business and cultural spheres.

    A delegation from The...

  • Mila Kunis goes to the ball


    November 22, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    Mila Kunis became the latest celebrity to make it to the 236th annual Marine Corps Ball this week. Fresh off being named GQ’s Man of the Year, Kunis was the distinguished date of Sgt. Scott Moore at the Greenville, N.C., soiree.

    A few months ago Moore, of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd...

  • At ZOA dinner, Glenn Beck dishes out the pro-Israel meat

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    November 21, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    The Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner is a place where conventional thinking about the liberal proclivities of American Jews goes to die. But never quite like Sunday night—when Tea Party darling and Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachman served as the opening...

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