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  • On the verge of war, a little night music: The Israel Philharmonic plays L.A.

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 18, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    In the silence between movements, one could almost hear the rockets raining down on Israel and Gaza.

    For some, it was hard to think of anything else at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Los Angeles benefit, a snazzy black-tie affair, held at the Annenberg Center for the... read on

  • Rihanna, Dwight Howard and the trouble with tweeting #FreePalestine

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 15, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Earlier today, the sultry chanteuse Rihanna, who is best known for seduction-via-pop-song, decided to make a serious political statement and tweeted “#FreePalestine.”

    Eight minutes later, according to TMZ, she deleted it. Nevermind the ridiculous explanation offered by “a source... read on

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

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 9, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    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 massing near the  Gaza border. BOOM. BOOM. The thud of explosives hitting the ground has the whole... read on

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  • What women know of war

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 8, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    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

    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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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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