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  • ‘Mad Men’ comes to minyan

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 5, 2013 | 10:57 am

    Never underestimate the miraculous confluence of Jews and Torah.

    True story.

    After minyan this morning a bunch of us minyan-aires were standing around eating bagels and lox and discussing post-Thanksgiving frequent flyer travel. That's when a woman I've never seen before came... read on

  • Wrestling with Chanukah: The deep, the difficult and the mystical

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 27, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    As Chanukah was approaching this year, I sat down with two Conservative rabbis -- Adam Kligfeld and Ari Lucas of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles -- to discuss the challenges and complexities of one of Judaism's most celebrated stories and holidays. Here they answer questions about... read on

  • The Jew behind ‘The Hunger Games’: Nina Jacobson gets up close and personal [VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 24, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    In 1993, the New York Times described Nina Jacobson as a "baby mogul" who, at 27, had already landed one of Hollywood's top jobs as vice president of production for Universal Pictures. Back then, she was considered "a powerful punker," as the Times put it, with a penchant for black... read on

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  • Chelsea Handler’s Torah

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 21, 2013 | 11:48 am

    "I didn’t want to say words that somebody had written for me, you know? I wanted to use my own mind," stand-up comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler declared to a room full of high-powered women at the inaugural Women A.R.E. Summit on Nov. 7, a gathering for L.A.'s civically... read on

  • Wallis Annenberg uncensored and in control

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 9, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    Wallis Annenberg doesn’t care much for doing interviews.

    I know this because I started trying to get one six months ago, after going on a hard-hat tour of the new Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, when it was still under construction. And I tried again... read on

  • Marcus Zusak: the brain behind ‘The Book Thief’

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 29, 2013 | 6:31 pm

    “Everyone thinks that to be a writer, you must have a great imagination. And I say, ‘no, I just have a lot of problems.’” -Marcus Zusak

    Back in September, I interviewed Australian author Marcus Zusak about his bestselling novel “The Book Thief” before an audience at L.A.’s... read on

  • Trouble with the word

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 25, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    After my recent post about the western region gala fundraiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), I got an unhappy email from one of the organizers.

    In my original post “Low-key FIDF fundraiser still rakes in the dough,” I described the Oct. 22 event as... read on

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