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From Russia, with Love

By Danielle Berrin

June 4, 2014 | 12:03 pm

Sofia Gelman stands next to her City of West Hollywood Women's History Banner

I admired her gumption.

Sofia Gelman’s very first email to me got straight to it: The 83-year-old Russian-born immigrant to Los Angeles had led a very colorful life — the child of... read on

  • AJWS goes to Washington

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2014 | 9:30 am

    I always have an answer.

    It is a tricky character quality, I admit — often amusing, but just as easily infuriating — and which one of the two you find it to be almost always depends on the question. Even when I’m not sure of something, I’ll concoct an argument to defend my... read on

  • When a mother dies

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

    On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted, is holding her baby up to her cheek and looking out, almost heavenward. Their faces are... read on

  • American business magnate Michael Milken is a feminist

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 2, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Among his many titles - financial genius, convicted felon, consummate philanthropist – it turns out the “junk bond king” Michael Milken has a thing for women, just not in that usual Wall Street way.

    During the 2014 Milken Global Conference held in Beverly Hills last week, a... read on

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  • Israel’s dependence on Daddy Warbucks

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2014 | 10:30 am

    In human years, 66-year-old Israel should be deep in middle age — accomplished, semi-retiring, with a beach house and ample stock options. 

    But in nation-building years, 60-plus is still young, and modern Israel seems more like a talented 20-something, handy with a tank and... read on

  • Magic Johnson on Donald Sterling: A personal and political wound

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 30, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Emmy-winning sportscaster Jim Gray wasted no time before asking NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson about the sensation caused by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent hateful racist remarks. The two men spoke Wednesday as part of the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

    ... read on
  • A German saves a Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    It was 3 p.m. on a November weekday when Frank Hebroni found out who had saved him. He recalls the moment in perfect, vivid detail, a strobe of intense light after so much darkness:   

    “It was nine hours ahead — midnight for him,” Hebroni, 26, said of his bone marrow donor, who... read on

  • Selfie Spirituality

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Alan Morinis was an accomplished film producer running a large, publicly traded communications company in Canada, when, one day, his house of cards crumbled.

    “I was selling too many stories,” Morinis told me when we met in a cozy corner of a Hollywood Starbucks not long ago. 

    ... 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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