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  • Alive and Kicking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Paley, 41, grew up living and breathing Yiddish.

    His world was a community of leftist Jews who considered the radical Workmen's Circle the reichte, the right wing. Paley attended the collectively-run Yiddish Kindershule and Mittelshule in Van Nuys, where he studied labor history...

  • Sisters Recapture Their Heritage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Gloria Hernandez Trujillo, 51, grew up in what she thought was a traditional Catholic home in Monterey Park. Her mother sent the children to mass and catechism classes at Our Lady of Solitude church in East Los Angeles. Trujillo made her first communion at the age of 8, wearing the...
  • Here and Now

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When my mother discovered that she had left her hearing aid back in her apartment, on the 28th floor of the Northshore Towers in Queens, N.Y., I thought for sure that meant we would miss the bus into Manhattan and, as a result, could forget about seeing "The Lion King."

    "It doesn't...

  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Building a Bridge

    The new Israeli consul for communications hopes to create dialogue between Israel and Jewish communities in the United States

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Young Arthur Lenk, a native of Patterson, N.J., was at his desk in the protocol division of the Israeli...

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  • Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    'Slums of Beverly Hills' is not your typical rite-of-passage story

    Living on the Fringe

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    You could call "Slums of Beverly Hills" "The Jewish Joads."

    In Tamara Jenkins' debut film, "a loose...

  • Strong Cider at the Taper

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Strong Cider at the Taper

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    "The Cider House Rules," which stretches over two nights and six hours, is a bit like a marathon race, in which the runner gets off to a slow start, picks up speed in the middle distance,...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Photo design by Carvin Knowles

    Aronofsky's Original Formula

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Debut filmmaker Darren Aronofsky manages to sound incredulous about the Jewish sci-fi flick that has made him a star. "You don't think God, math and bad-ass Jews...

  • Reaching New Haights

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.


    Reaching New Haights

    The Synergy School was fine for me for a while.

    We called our teachers "Rusty" and "Kathy," learned...

  • Enlightened Teresa vs. the Princess       of Doom

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.


    Read a previous week's column by Teresa Strasser:

    A Few Words About My Mail

    ...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    [Film]   

    Director Lisa Cholodenko, above, lured actresses Patricia Clarkson and Ally Sheedy, top to her movie, originally a project at Columbia's graduate film school.

    Cholodenko's 'High Art'

    ...

  • The Arts

    By Curt Schleier

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir" is a balanced, warts-and-allportrait of the slain politician. Above, right, Kennedy and his sevensiblings with parents Joe and Rose. Above, Robert and brother John in1959. Below, Kennedy on the campaign trail, shortly before his 1968death.

    When...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 19, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Far Beyond Tears

    For his portrayal of Primo Levi in'The Truce,' John Turturro tried to approach the subject as Levidoes: delicately and subtly

    By Naomi Pfefferman,

    Senior Writer

    In March 1996, John Turturro packed a trunk filledwith Primo Levi's books and traveled to a remote part of...

  • The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."


    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Arts Briefs

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    British director Tyrone Guthrie, a non-Jew, oncesaid: "If all the Jews were to leave the American theater, it wouldclose down about next Thursday."

    Maybe that explains why there's so much Jewishtheater now in Los Angeles. Here's a roundup of the offerings: Wecan't guarantee they're...

  • The Arts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Actor-composer Hershey Felder, 29, has a way with politicians.

    Mayor Richard Riordan has asked him to collaborate on a musical. And Felder is writing another musical with Kim Campbell, Canada's former prime minister and the country's current consul general in Los Angeles. Last week,...

  • The Female Woody Allen

    By Harry Medved

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Julie Davis, a 28-year-old Dartmouthgraduate and former Playboy Channel editor, shot "I Love You, Don'tTouch Me!" for an amazing $68,000. When money ran out, she hocked herbubbie's diamond ring to help finish her tale of a conscientious25-year-old Jewish virgin. A largely Jewish cast...

  • Film School in Two Days

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Film School in Two Days

    In one weekend instead of four years, Dov S-S Simensteaches future Hollywood hyphenators how to make their movies anddeals

    By William Yelles, Calendar Editor

    Dov S-S Simens teaches students the basics offilmmaking and marketing at his weekend seminar, below.

    ...

  • Fine Cut: A Festival of Student Film

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Student films from throughout Southern California are currentlybeing featured on the three-part KCET series "Fine Cut: A Festival ofStudent Film," airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. The series, hosted bydirector Michael Apted, will feature a total of 17 films fromstudents at UCLA, USC,...

  • Pursuing Justice, But at WhatCost?

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One could almost see historyon the march in Washington last week when the House Banking Committeeheld a day of hearings on Nazi plunder -- stolen artworks in themorning, looted insurance policies after lunch -- and how to restoreit to its rightful owners.

    These days, of course, it is...

  • Up Front

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cast members from "The TenthMan."

    A woman in a fancy hat approaches Bert Dragin at Spago. She wantsto know if he is an actor, someone from "Dallas" or "Falcon Crest."

    Actually, the distinguished, sixtyish Dragin is not an actor; he'sa film producer who sold his Cleveland-based...

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art'smonth-long salute to Charles Chaplin concludes Saturday, Jan. 31,with a screening of his most serious film, also arguably his best.

    "Limelight" stars Chaplin as an actor on the skids who takes inhis neighbor, a suicidal ballerina (Claire Bloom). He falls for herwhile she recuperates in his care, but while she overcomes herdepression, he falls back into alcoholism after a series of careerdisappointments. Bloom convinces him to

  • Spectator

    By William Yelles

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Eddie Cantor, among the Jewishperformers featured in the Skirball Cultural Center's current filmseries.

    The Skirball Cultural Center is continuing its "Vaudeville: JewishPerformers in Early Sound Film" series with screenings of the MarxBrothers, Eddie Cantor, and Burns and Allen,...

  • Canadian Corn

    By Diane Arieff

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Author Mordechai Richler

    Barney's Version' by Mordechai Richler, (Knopf, $25)

    Like some of his Jewish contemporaries to the south, Canadiannovelist Mordechai Richler has mined a literary career from thefertile terrain of assimilationist Jewish culture, most notably inbooks such as "The...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cinema Vérité

    The documentaries of Albert Maysles, a pioneer of documentary film,

    will be screened at a UCLA retrospective

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Top, Albert Maysles and his late brother David, 1985. Above, ascene from Maysles' "Grey Gardens."

    These are some of the images...

  • Etz Jacob: The Shul that Could

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Etz Jacob Congregation (above); President Bernard Abend (left)and Rabbi Rubin Huttler (right).

     

    Attention,anyone who was ever married or bar mitzvahed at Etz JacobCongregation at 7659 Beverly Blvd.: The shul wants testimonials,photographs and memorabilia for an exhibit honoring its...

  • From Best Boy to Best Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Ira Wohl


    Two decades ago, filmmaker Ira Wohl sat at the Passover table andthought about his cousin, Philly. For his first 50 years, thedevelopmentally disabled Philly had lived at home with his parents inQueens, never venturing into the world. Wohl now wondered how...

  • Tummeling

    By Diane Arieff

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Tummeling

    Toward the Millennium

    The 2000 Year Old Man is alive, well and still doesn't touchfried food

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Before Carl Reiner invented the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and thetemperamental, toupee-clad Alan Brady, before Mel Brooks was aYiddish-spouting Indian chief...

  • Piggybacking on Jewish Suffering

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Max (Clive Owen, left) and Horst (Lothaire Bluteau) in"Bent."


    What a peculiar piece of work is "Bent." The film version ofMartin Sherman's play, first presented on the London stage in 1979,and later on Broadway, has taken almost 20 years to come to thescreen. It's not difficult to...

  • Writing a New Chapter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Writing a New Chapter

    The People of the Book is the

    Los Angeles area's first attempt at a Jewish book festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

     

     

    For years, Rabbi Harold Schulweis was perplexed by the question,Why isn't there a Jewish book festival in Los Angeles?

    To promote his own...

  • An American Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A chassidic boy recites his prayers in "A Life Apart:Hasidism in America."

    An American Story

    At the heart of 'A Life Apart: Hasidism in America' is aculture war that mirrors the conflict in today's Jewish community

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    First we had the AFI Los Angeles...

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