Jewish Journal

  • The Elon Gold standard

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 19, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    INT: Cigar Bar, Melrose Avenue. A cold afternoon in early December. A young-looking comedian sits alone, intensely focused, furiously typing through a cloud of smoke and eating a tuna sandwich.

    Oh, please don’t start with: ‘He was eating a tuna sandwich,’ ” Elon Gold says, half... read on

  • Wonder Wall

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 14, 2012 | 10:23 am

    In 1995, the musician Stevie Wonder traveled to Israel for the first time to promote his album, “Conversation Peace.”

    Over the course of a late summer week, he toured the country, visited holy sites, met with Israeli and Palestinian political officials and performed for “some ten... read on

  • Miracles at the movies

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 14, 2012 | 7:04 am

    It sometimes feels hard to grasp the magnitude of a miracle. But we are fortunate to live in a society in which our culture serves as an astute documentarian of human majesty.

    It is true of literature, film, music and other arts but it occurred to me that the themes of Hanukkah... read on

  • Jewish celebs light up [Chanukah VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 10, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    What do Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Scarlett Johansson, Drake and Jack Black have in common?

    They'll all (presumably) light up tonight for the third night of Chanukah. Here's some quick, cute proof from NowThis News:

  • FIDF show goes on without Stevie Wonder [VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 7, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Spirits were barely diminished at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) annual dinner Thursday night, a week after headliner Stevie Wonder’s provocative and public pullout. More than 1,000 Israel supporters turned out at the Hyatt Regency in Century City for the annual... read on

  • Acting Offline, African-Americans Pressured Stevie Wonder to Drop FIDF Gig

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 6, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    When Stevie Wonder backed out of a planned appearance at a Dec. 6 gala to benefit the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), the reasons given for his decision were varied.

    Many news articles focused on the thousands of signatures on a letter and online petitions urging... read on

  • Near silence after Stevie Wonder cancels FIDF performance

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 4, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    An unusual silence has blanketed the circumstances leading up to music icon Stevie Wonder’s canceled performance at the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. 

    The 25-time Grammy winner was set to appear for an... read on