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  • Opinion: Debbie Friedman’s gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 18, 2012 | 11:01 am

    One evening last February, 1,500 people poured into the vast sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, filling every inch.

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein stood on the bimah and addressed them: “With the ashes of Auschwitz in our throats, it was hard to sing,” he said. “With the death and...

  • Opinion: The back of the bus

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 11, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    If Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy teaches us one thing, it’s that the fight for civil rights is not particular to a time, a place, a people or a gender.

    It’s still shocking to watch vintage 1960s TV footage and see moms and dads yelling at someone else’s children for simply...

  • Opinion: Good writing counts

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 22, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Each autumn, the Milken Family Foundation throws one of the best luncheons of the year, and it’s not the fine kosher fare at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel that draws us in. This is when Gil Graff, executive director of the BJE (Builders of Jewish Education) and Richard Sandler,...

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  • A moment for Angelina Jolie

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 13, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    The draw of a Hollywood premiere for a film written, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie is irresistible. True to her A+-list status, Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” got the glam treatment at the ArcLight on Sunset Boulevard last week, complete with a red carpet...

  • Opinion: Imagine

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 7, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    On a particularly beautiful day like last Sunday, I, to be honest, had a hard time facing the prospect of spending the afternoon in windowless conference rooms at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The draw, however, was “Imagining Our Future: A Day of Jewish Learning & Culture,”...

  • Who owns a horror?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 22, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now, in the ground-level hall of the Art of the Americas building, right off the main courtyard, a life-sized, lifelike sculptural installation shows a black man being castrated by a group of five white men wearing cartoonish masks.

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  • Opinion: Empowered women

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 17, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    It takes a little effort to find the exhibition “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” at the Skirball Cultural Center. You have to bypass three alluring gift shops and a bunch of other special exhibitions as well as close your ears to the children laughing in “Noah’s Ark” to get to a quiet...

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