Jewish Journal

The Culinary Art of Pasta Inspires Puppet Show

By Ryan Torok

November 23, 2010 | 10:06 pm

The Pop Ups. Photo by Yocheved Amrami.

“PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical” follows around two wannabe-chefs (Jacob Stein, Jason Rabinowitz) who scour Brooklyn in search of the best pasta ingredients. 

The show comes to Los... read on

  • Supporting her latest novel, author Nicole Krauss comes to L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    November 3, 2010 | 5:44 pm

    On Tuesday, November 2, author Nicole Krauss discussed her new book, “Great House” (a 2010 National Book Award finalist), in front of an intimate audience at the Los Angeles Central Library.

    Following an interview with KCRW radio host Michael Silverblatt, Krauss answered... read on

  • Q-and-A with Big Sunday founder, David Levinson

    By Ryan Torok

    October 18, 2010 | 11:38 am

    A profile on Big Sunday founder David Levinson, author of the new book, “Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins,” which blends memoir with handbook - offering useful advice for any person, family, school, faith group or business interested in giving back – appeared in the latest issue... read on

  • Video: Scuffle breaks out when Neturei Karta Jews wave Palestinian flag

    By Ryan Torok

    August 6, 2010 | 5:36 pm

    The footage was taken in Jerusalem and posted on vosizneias.com on Aug 5, 2010.

    To see full article, click here.

    From nkusa.org, “Neturei Karta opposed the establishment of and retain all opposition to the existence of the so-called ‘State of Israel’”

    Read more on the group here.

  • “Knock Out Addiction”: Tom Arnold boxes Rabbi Mark Borovitz to raise funds for Beit T’Shuvah

    By Ryan Torok

    June 21, 2010 | 12:31 pm

    A sold-out audience of approximately 500 people, either by invite or by coughing up dough for a pricey $250 ticket, attended “Knock out Addiction,” a fundraiser featuring live celebrity boxing between actor Tom Arnold and Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah.

    The event, held on June... read on

  • Q&A with Susan Polis Schutz

    By Ryan Torok

    May 20, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    Susan Polis Schutz is a filmmaker, poet and greeting card writer. Her new documentary, “The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression,” aired recently on PBS. The film explores the lives of 12 people who suffer from depression, a clinical disorder which affects approximately 20 million... read on

  • Not a Jew, Bret Easton Ellis tells the Jewish Journal at the L.A. Times Festival of Books at UCLA

    By Ryan Torok

    April 26, 2010 | 1:21 pm

    After a panel session featuring Ellis (“Less Than Zero”, “American Psycho”) at the Festival of Books at UCLA on Sunday, nervously I approached the clean-cut, bright blue polo shirt-wearing author, introduced myself as a writer from the Jewish Journal and asked if he was... read on

  • The Best of Coachella 2010

    By Ryan Torok

    April 19, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    Like a lot of people I’m sure, I took the day off from work on Friday and went to Coachella with a few friends. Some of the best musical moments from the three-day festival were:

    -Thom Yorke pleasantly surprising on the Outdoor stage with an acoustic version of “Airbag”—during... read on

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Ryan Torok is a staff writer and community reporter at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where he has spent the past four years covering everything from social justice...

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