Jewish Journal

  • Super mogul Kathy Ireland the new super model for Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 22, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    In the ever-unwinnable image war, maybe what Israel needs is a Cover Girl.

    I’m thinking someone tall, curvy and striking, who boasts a record number of appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (say, 13, with three covers), a role-model type who has created a... read on

  • L.A. Times they are a changin’: Homage to Patrick Goldstein

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 22, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein announced yesterday that he had penned his final column after 12 years at the newspaper. His departure will leave the Times impoverished, for as the title of his last column implies, “Wanted: a few good mavericks,” Goldstein is one of those.

    ... read on
  • The joy and pain of being celebrity Charles Dickens

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 10, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    “The life of almost any man possessing great gifts, would be a sad book to himself,” Charles Dickens wrote in the essay “Landor’s Life” in 1869.

    Dickens was addressing what almost any person of talent, fame or accomplishment must confront in themselves: How much of their life,... read on

  • Joan Rivers’s smart retort to the ADL

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 10, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    When the wholesale giant Cosco refused to stock Joan Rivers’ new book, “I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me,” citing book-jacket profanity, Rivers decided to create a stir.

    In an attempt to start a protest, she camped outside a Cosco in Burbank and invited news crews to join her.... read on

  • Never trust a writer?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 9, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    In her acclaimed book examining journalistic ethics, The Journalist and the Murderer Janet Malcolm coined the notorious phrase “confidence man” for a journalist. It wasn’t meant as flattery, of course; it was an indictment.

    A journalist “is a kind of confidence man, preying on... read on

  • Long live the Reds? The unlucky legacy of the Hollywood blacklist

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Too often these days we hear the tireless phrase “They just don’t make ’em like they used to” when it comes to the movies.

    Film historian David Spaner blames the blacklist.

    In his new book, “Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film,” Spaner makes the case... read on

  • A Jewish shade in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 3, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    I’m at work on a story about Jews and erotica, and in the course of my research came across this very cheeky video blog in which famed Jewish sex-therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer discusses Fifty Shades of Grey.

    “I do believe every woman should read it,” Dr. Ruth instructs her viewers.... read on