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What women know of war

By Danielle Berrin

July 8, 2014 | 12:57 pm

Rachel and Avi Frenkel at the funeral of their son, Naftali. Photo by Reuters

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... read on

  • Jews and Jim Crow

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 3, 2014 | 12:59 am

    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

    July 2, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    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

  • Larry David: Curb your curmudgeon

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 25, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    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

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  • Hollywood legend Eli Wallach dies at age 98

    By Ryan Torok

    June 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    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

  • From Russia, with Love

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    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 shtetl Jews, she was forced to flee her home as an adolescent to escape the Nazis, suffered hunger,... read on

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