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What makes Rabbi Rick Jacobs tick?

By Danielle Berrin

January 3, 2014 | 11:02 pm

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, advocated for “audacious hospitality” in his keynote address at the Reform Biennial in San Diego on Dec. 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of the URJ

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... read on

  • Quentin Tarantino talks Hitler, Hollywood and his hero Jack Warner [Q&A]

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    INT: Soho House, West Hollywood. It's 5pm in the dead of summer. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill") meets with Jewish Journal reporter Danielle Berrin (Hollywood Jew) to discuss a provocative new film history book about Hollywood's relationship to Nazi... read on

  • Schindler’s List for sale

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 19, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    One of the original Schindler's Lists is being put up for public auction on eBay, reports the New York Post, for the bargain price of $3 million.

    "But," the Post adds, "its sellers, California collectors Gary Zimet and Eric Gazin, are hoping it will go for as high as $5 million."... read on

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg: Mogul on a mission

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 17, 2013 | 10:26 am

    My big mistake, upon arriving at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s office, is that I didn’t bring my ballet slippers. 

    But no one really told me about the choreography of a visit here, in which Katzenberg’s vassals at DreamWorks Animation, the company he co-founded and oversees, welcomed me... read on

  • Roger Ebert’s religion

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 4, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Roger Ebert, the legendary film reviewer, has died at age 70 of cancer. His decade-long battle with papillary thyroid cancer began in 2002 and ultimately robbed him of his ability to speak, eat or drink.

    Despite the life altering setback, Ebert worked tirelessly through the... read on

  • Mel Brooks and Philip Roth on Jewishness, work and love

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 15, 2013 | 10:17 am

    It was almost too much that Mel Brooks and Philip Roth were set to appear together in the same room. It was almost a relief that for their back-to-back press conferences promoting the PBS “American Masters” series, Roth was streamed via satellite into Pasadena’s ritzy Langham Hotel... read on

  • 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

  • Did Stevie Wonder succumb to Israel haters?

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Pop music icon Stevie Wonder has cancelled his performance scheduled for the Dec. 6 FIDF Gala in Los Angeles saluting IDF Soldiers. The event is sponsored by philanthropists Haim and Cheryl Saban.

    The 25-time Grammy winner was to appear for an expected 1,200 FIDF supporters,... read on

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