Jewish Journal

  • ‘Mad Men’ comes out of the (Jewish) closet

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 18, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    Here’s a line I never thought I’d hear on Mad Men: “I’ve always thought Jewish women are the most beautiful women in the world.”

    Even more surprising, it was uttered by Roger, an account executive best described as a blustering, insecure WASP. Nevermind that he was trying to... read on

  • New world view

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 15, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    Two years ago, Fred Kramer took a big, luxurious break from work to travel the world and find himself.

    In March, as the newly minted executive director of Jewish World Watch, he found himself locked in a jail cell with George Clooney.

    “It was quite a day,” Kramer said of the... read on

  • Here’s lookin at you, kid

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 15, 2012 | 11:55 am

  • The journey of a tiny Torah scroll from a concentration camp to outer space

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 14, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    A secret bar mitzvah at Bergen-Belsen. Israel’s first astronaut, Ilon Ramon. The fate of the Columbia Space Shuttle.

    “I thought I was making a documentary about the Holocaust,” director Dan Cohen tells the camera in a meta-movie about his movie, “An Article of Hope.”

    But the story... read on

  • Iced Tea with Iddo Netanyahu and a lesson in loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 10, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    Today I had the pleasure and privilege of spending some time with Iddo Netanyahu, a radiologist and writer, and the younger brother of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. I interviewed him for an upcoming story I’m writing on the documentary “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu... read on

  • ‘Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish’: A love-hate relationship

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 9, 2012 | 12:28 pm

    Eve Annenberg’s “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” is a film full of tricky contradictions.

    As its title suggests, it is a celebratory showcase of Yiddish language, with about half its dialogue spoken in Yiddish, with English subtitles. A fact that also happens to fuel... read on

  • Enraptured by Torah

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Last week the British-born, Scottish-raised, Israeli-based biblical scholar Avivah Zornberg visited Los Angeles. She lectured twice, first at Sinai Temple in Westwood and then at UCLA Hillel. Both nights I weeped through her words.

    I’m not going to attempt to encapsulate what she... read on

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