Jewish Journal

  • Screenwriter Robert J. Avrech Q&A: ‘The door to Sharia in America is opened’

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 8, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Screenwriter and producer Robert J. Avrech believes in making message films that articulate morals and values. In 2000, he won an Emmy for penning the Holocaust drama “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” about a petulant teenager who resists her Judaism until offered a portal into the Jewish... read on

  • ‘12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen on the parallel lives of Anne Frank and Solomon Northup

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 6, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    “12 Years a Slave” based on the biography of Solomon Northup and directed by the British-born filmmaker Steve McQueen is the “Schindler’s List” of American slavery films. It portrays the horrors of America’s slave past in wrenching, pristine detail and has inspired a more robust... read on

  • What makes Rabbi Rick Jacobs tick?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2014 | 11:02 pm

    In December, 5,000 Jews from around the country gathered in San Diego for the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial conference. Overseeing it all was longtime pulpit rabbi-turned-URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. In these excerpts from an interview with the Journal, he talks... read on

  • Kaddish in Mexico

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 12, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Light and wind poured in through the cracks in the plastic casing the first time we said it. 

    We were in Oaxaca, on the rooftop of a charming but spare hacienda, shielded from the elements by a tent of opaque plastic walls, and the mood was a little bit somber. 

    Three stories... read on

  • Why casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman really matters

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 11, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    When 28-year-old model/actress Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.'s upcoming "Batman vs. Superman," she took to Twitter (where else?) to express her elation:

    “Wonder Wom[a]n! So exciting!!! Can’t express how happy I am :)))),” she tweeted to her 212,000 followers.... read on

  • One man’s crusade to prove Hollywood mogul Carl Laemmle was a hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 10, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Sandy Einstein is not an easy man to deter.

    I first encountered him in August 2012, when he contacted the Journal about a little-known and heart-warming story concerning movie mogul Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Studios. Einstein claimed that not only had Laemmle saved his... read on

  • ‘Mad Men’ comes to minyan

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 5, 2013 | 10:57 am

    Never underestimate the miraculous confluence of Jews and Torah.

    True story.

    After minyan this morning a bunch of us minyan-aires were standing around eating bagels and lox and discussing post-Thanksgiving frequent flyer travel. That's when a woman I've never seen before came... read on

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