Jewish Journal

  • Paul Haggis, two rabbis and “Million Dollar Baby”

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 14, 2010 | 1:00 pm

    Strange things happen when you’re sitting alone, at your laptop, at Clementine’s in West Los Angeles. Like a brief conversation I just had, that went like this:

    A tall man wearing a French beret approaches. “Have we met before? Or have I just seen you here?”

    “We haven’t met,” I... read on

  • Scarlett Johansson wins a Tony and unleashes her sleeping inner actress

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 14, 2010 | 10:26 am

    If four of her last five films are any indication, Scarlett Johansson leaves much to be desired on the silver screen (that is, if you’re actually interested in her performances), but on Broadway, she’s been getting rave reviews—and last night, won a Tony Award, her first, for her... read on

  • When it comes to Israel, Hollywood is smarter than most American Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 10, 2010 | 11:26 am

    No doubt two years from now we’ll be watching Steven Spielberg’s – or some other director’s - version of the flotilla debacle. This film will be provocative, widely hyped and amply written about. But what will it say? It’s hard to tell considering Hollywood’s deafening... read on

  • Top Jewish moment at the MTV Movie Awards: Scarlett and Sandra kiss

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 8, 2010 | 10:24 am

    I’m not sure why MTV insists that two female stars kiss at their movie awards every year, but lo and behold, they do.

    It all began with Britney and Madonna and their kiss heard round the world, and continued this year with Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock, a special treat for... read on

  • Israeli producer Noa Tishby responds to the flotilla crisis

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 3, 2010 | 1:18 pm

    I met Noa Tishby a few weeks ago at the Israeli Leadership Council’s annual fundraising hoo-ha at The Beverly Hilton. She was a vivacious presence, fiercely outspoken and obviously beautiful, with matte red lipstick lining her powerful mouth. Though she’s not a household name, Tishby... read on

  • Chris Rock asks, ‘Is Jon Stewart a Jewish comedian?’

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 1, 2010 | 2:44 pm

    Chris Rock isn’t Jewish, but he certainly talks about Jews quite a lot.

    Just before I interviewed him for The Guardian last month, he appeared on Bill Maher’s show and talked about his childhood. At Maher’s probing, he recalled the traumas of his high school experience, having been... read on

  • L.A. Jews on their Obama schmooze

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 28, 2010 | 5:38 pm

    A prominent cohort of American Jews were at the White House yesterday for President Obama’s Jewish Heritage celebration—and the L.A. contingent was well represented by some of the city’s most accomplished Jews, including Rabbis David Wolpe and Sharon Brous, Jumpstart co-founder Shawn... read on

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