Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret inspires, jokes, reads new work and more in Santa Monica

    By Ryan Torok

    April 13, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    Last night, during an interview and Q-and-A session with Israeli short story writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, held by Birthright Israel at Bergamot Station, a Santa Monica art gallery, Keret gave me goosebumps (the good kind). Answering a question about his writing process, Keret... read on

  • The Food Stamp Challenge:  $21 for Seven Days

    By Ryan Torok

    April 9, 2010 | 5:36 pm

    In 2008, at a food justice conference held by environmental advocacy organization Hazon, a rabbinical student from American Jewish University—Justin Goldstein—saw a documentary that resonated with him. The film, “Food Stamped,” followed a young, socially conscious Berkeley couple... read on

  • Jeff Garlin - his new book and his comedy show [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    April 7, 2010 | 10:37 am

    Comedian and HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” co-star Jeff Garlin promoted his newish memoir, “My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World,” on the Temple Emanuel bimah with actor and environmental activist Ed. Begley, Jr. last Wednesday, March 31. The crowd probed a trimmed-down... read on

  • Hard Realities of Food Deserts Revealed During East L.A. Bus Tour

    By Ryan Torok

    March 24, 2010 | 1:03 pm

    Last Sunday, two buses carried volunteers from the Progressive Jewish Alliance, a nonprofit organization, and from the Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores, a coalition. They drove around East Los Angeles neighborhood Boyle Heights, an area which is considered a food... 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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