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For Israelis under siege, a night different from all other nights

By Danielle Berrin

3 days ago

An Israeli soldier helps look after children as they play inside a bomb shelter in the southern city of Ashkelon on July 10. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

It’s the middle of the night in Israel but hardly anybody can sleep.

Rockets and missiles are crackling across the dark sky. BOOM. Sirens are sounding throughout the land. Tanks are... read on

  • What women know of war

    By Danielle Berrin

    5 days ago

    I was 15 the first time I saw a mother grieve for her son.

    It was my freshman year of high school, just after the homecoming dance, when our community was rocked by the death of 18-year-old Alan Epstein, a heartthrob jock who coached girls’ basketball, mentored his younger... read on

  • Jews and Jim Crow

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    After Shabbat services two weeks ago, I nearly quit my job.

    That reflex came after a community discussion on Michelle Alexander’s 2011 book “The New Jim Crow,” about racial injustice and inequality in America; I found it impossible to fend off very dark thoughts urging me to... read on

  • Can Israeli actress Moran Atias take Hollywood?

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 weeks ago

    As soon as she arrives — beautifully made-up in shades of dark and light, her hair chocolate brown, her dress bridal white, asymmetrical at the thigh and firm at the bust — there’s the distinct feeling in the air that this could be the last lunch Israeli actress Moran Atias might... read on

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  • Larry David: Curb your curmudgeon

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    He is nothing if not a mensch, Larry David declared — about himself. 

    How else to explain why the salty star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” was willing to forgo an evening on the couch watching Turner Classic movies and admiring Doris Day (“She hot,” he panted) to make a rare public... read on

  • Hollywood legend Eli Wallach dies at age 98

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Eli Wallach, the star of classic films “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly,” has died.

    The child of Polish Jewish immigrants, Wallach was 98-years-old. Married to actress Anne Jackson, he leaves behind three children

    I am not enough of a cinephile to... read on

  • Cookbook author Dana Slatkin’s culinary fairytale

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 18, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    All year long, we long for the slow, sun soaked-days, the warmth, the waves, when we can fritter away the daylight hours in a marvelous cacophony of sensory summer pleasures — sweating in the sand, sipping sweet or sparkling, reading Russian literature and eating fresh garden meals... read on

  • David Geffen graduates with top honor from UCLA—sort of

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    Philanthropist and entertainment mogul David Geffen was awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for Geffen School of Medicine graduates on May 30.

    Presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who described the prize as... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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