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  • An encore tour of Jewish-designed buildings

    September 4, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Los Angeles’ Jewish architects built palaces and shrines, and temples, too, and not just the kind you pray in. Downtown, many of these structures still stand, and are close enough together that you can easily stop by and pay homage.

    In the 1920s, if you wanted to sink into your...

  • Two Yiddishe Boys and a Bissel of Berlin

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2011 | 9:20 am

    About a dozen years ago, actor Mike Burstyn auditioned in New York for the role of Al Jolson in the national touring company of the musical “Jolson.” While waiting for a decision, he flew home to Los Angeles and on landing at LAX decided to stop by the nearby Hillside Memorial...

  • Think you know ‘The Jazz Singer’? You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Oct. 6, 1927, audiences attending the premiere of "The Jazz Singer" at New York's Warner Theatre witnessed a revolution that gave voice to a medium that had lived in silence since its birth, more than 30 years before. With his double-barrel delivery of the improvised line, "Wait a...