Jewish Journal

  • Wallis’s world: The Annenberg heir launches Beverly Hills performing arts center with glamorous gala

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 18, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    If Wallis Annenberg hadn’t become famous for her philanthropy, she’d have become famous anyway for her parties.

    The billionaire heiress to father Walter’s publishing fortune – who at one point counted TV Guide and Seventeen magazine among his holdings – has none of her father’s... read on

  • My religion and the Pew poll: The 7 percent

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 9, 2013 | 11:35 am

    I really wish that counting myself among the illustrious 7 percent would mean that I am a billionaire. But, alas, the classification in this case refers to something far less glamorous: I am religious.

    The rabble-rousing results of the predictable recent Pew poll suggest that one... read on

  • Gina Nahai sues USC for discrimination

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 8, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    Gina Nahai, the distinguished Iranian-American author, has filed a workplace discrimination and harassment lawsuit against the University of Southern California and one of its employees, Brighde Mullins, an award-winning playwright and poet who serves as director of the USC... read on

  • At Pepperdine, ruminations on Hollywood’s patrimony straight from its (Jewish) patriarchy

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 6, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    Last week, I drove out to Malibu so I could listen to a bunch of Hollywood Jews wax poetic on ethnic identity.

    The Pepperdine University panel, part of a 6-week series of events honoring Hollywood’s Jewish moguls, was titled, “American Dreams and the Big Screen: Projections of... read on

  • Miss Israel — aka ‘Titi’ — takes a Los Angeles tour

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    “Don’t think I am just a beauty queen,” Yityish Aynaw, the 22-year-old Ethiopian-born beauty, declared from the bimah at Ohr HaTorah last Shabbat. With sass and a smile, she crowed, “I was a commander in the Israeli army.”

    It comes as no surprise that the woman now known as “Miss... read on

  • Billy Crystal culture

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 24, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Even in the age of Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, there is something both retro and refreshing about Billy Crystal’s class-act comedy.

    On a recent Thursday night, nearly 600 people packed into the Directors Guild of America Theater — at $60 a pop — to hear Crystal’s mesmerizing... read on

  • Top Jewish moments from the 2013 Emmys

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 23, 2013 | 10:46 am

    A view of the 2013 Emmy Awards — through a Jewish lens

    1. Tradition, tradition, tradition.

    Despite the hubbub about a Netflix takeover of television, traditional favorites like ABC’s “Modern Family” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won the night’s major awards.

    2. Identity crisis

    ... read on

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