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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!


    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a brand new Israeli musical group, which is about to take over the Israeli playlist very soon.

    Snorkel is mostly about soft rock, with a touch of funk and an addictive sound. They are a combination of the very best of various well-known...

  • JWT’s ‘Not That Jewish’ offers the group’s latest fresh, female voice

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    “Not That Jewish,” an autobiographical one-woman show with comedian Monica Piper, recalls Billy Crystal’s similarly heartfelt “700 Sundays.” Both are monologue performances by Jewish comics who grew up in show-biz-oriented families in Brooklyn, where weekends were spent at the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

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  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • Iron Dome under the sea, the e-tree, night run in the While City and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Iron Dome – under the sea

    Israel’s high-tech defense system – Iron Dome, is about to make a splash. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the defense system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies...

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend - Rosh Hashannah Edition

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 26, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    This weekend is dedicated to the holiday that symbolizes the beggining of a brand new Jewish year. Here are some songs to get you in the Holiday spirit!

     

    B'Rosh Hashannah (In Rosh Hashannah)

     
    Ba'Shannah HaBa'a (Next Year)
     
     
     
    Matana L'Rosh Hashannah (A present for Rosh Hashannah)
     

     

    Ma Hadash? Tapuach B'Dvash (What's new? Apple in honey)

     

    Shannah Halcha, Shannah Ba'a (A year has gone by, a new year begins)

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 8, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • The Forgotten Adler

    By Milad Doroudian

    August 5, 2014 | 4:30 am

    To paint is a terribly difficult thing to do. Yet, to paint others over scenery and landscapes makes it that much more difficult. For some at least. Salomon Adler on the other hand was born with the superb gift of portraiture. It wasn't just his ability to capture individuals at...

  • Art that’s happenin’ in L.A. at the Hammer

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In keeping with summer being the season for superhero sequels, the Hammer Museum is presenting “Made in L.A. 2014,” its second biennial selection of contemporary artists working in Los Angeles. Organized by the museum’s chief curator, Connie Butler, along with independent curator...

  • Fusing ritual and theater

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    In Encino, seven actors move across the scuffed hardwood floor of a gymnasium. It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this is only the third rehearsal for the play “Tefillah or Prayer: A Transition.”

    Paul Vroom, a middle-aged actor sporting camouflage shorts and a goatee,...

  • Sharing his love of Judaism through Jubilation’s music

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 21, 2014 | 11:22 am

    When singer-songwriter Bill Burnett converted to Judaism in the early 2000s, he resolved to teach others about his new religion through the power of music, and over the years he’s put together a wide repertoire of songs that speak to children and adults about the Torah and its...

  • Jewish art culture:  Movin’ on up to the East side

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 21, 2014 | 11:14 am

    A crowd of people has gathered inside a shipping container set in a parking lot in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. Ambient lights blink on and off, and musicians play droning sounds, while a video art installation of traffic at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro plays...

  • Monica Horan, activist artist

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 14, 2014 | 11:01 am

    In her first scene in the ensemble play “Different Words for the Same Thing,” actress Monica Horan sits at a table in a doughnut shop, talking to another character. After finishing her doughnut, she reaches across the table, snatches up her companion’s confection, and quietly chews...

  • Safdie weighs challenges of making art from ashes

    April 30, 2014 | 10:47 am

    "Can you express the Holocaust in the form of original art?” 

    That’s one of the questions playwright-director Oren Safdie asks in his work, “False Solution,” about a famous architect who has won a competition to design a Holocaust museum in Poland. The play premiered last summer...

  • Polish Jew or Catholic Novitiate…or both?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 30, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Assuming that movies reflect — and influence — a country’s preoccupations and prejudices, then the legacy of the Holocaust is still haunting Europe.

    German and French filmmakers have been at the forefront of this self-examination, courageously probing the sins of their forebears....

  • Ballroom peace

    April 9, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    The long history of Jewish-Arab animosity is a hard thing to change, but that didn’t stop ballroom dance champion and choreographer Pierre Dulaine from trying, literally, one step at a time.  

    Having taught 350,000 New York City fifth-graders to dance via the Dancing Classrooms...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 21, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    If you’re into hard-core rock music, you should listen to the upcoming Israeli band, Ghost Flower

     

    The band is named after an actual flower, the Indian Pipe, which goes by the nickname “Ghost Flower” because of its chilling ghostly appearance. The band members are Ben...

  • Making it in Hollywood, celebrating diversity, rocking Masada and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 3, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Protecting migrating birds

    Israel sets an example in the protection of migrating birds, with a singular program in which wild birds are fed with the aim of preserving their old migration patterns while protecting relatively new agrarian lands. It all takes place in the Hula...

  • Kibbutz dance troupe: A global phenomenom

    February 20, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, dance is more than just an art form, it’s family. The Israeli-based KCDC, founded more than 40 years ago by Holocaust survivor Yehudit Arnon and led today by choreographer Rami Be’er, is a rare entity in the dance world. Its dancers, who...

  • The Wallis: Now that it’s built, will they come?

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 27, 2013 | 10:33 am

    A giant risk is being taken with The Wallis — as the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills is being called, and for which the 1934 Beverly Hills Post Office on Santa Monica Boulevard, between Canon and Crescent drives, has been rehabbed to pristine...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

    ...
  • Introducing a New Blog, Shiksa in Hollywood

    By Joy Bennett

    June 26, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Hi, I’m the Shiksa, Joy Bennett.  I have been writing a blog on and off since 2000, mostly on my own website joybennett.com.  Now I get to share my musings with you all!  I love all things cultural in this town, and often finagle press passes to local events that I'll share and...

  • Saying ‘Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish’ at UCLA

    April 10, 2013 | 7:21 am

    For most Jews, the word Kaddish evokes images of loss, mourning, death. But for Hal Willner, “Kaddish” is a spoken-word piece — some would call it poetry — by Allen Ginsberg that evokes a very different image: family.

    Willner, a record and concert producer, and the music...

  • Contentious collaboration

    March 20, 2013 | 7:15 am

    The contentious, often hilarious, collaboration between legendary screenwriter-director Billy Wilder and mystery novelist Raymond Chandler is the subject of a new play, “Billy & Ray,” opening April 5 at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank. 

    Playwright Mike Bencivenga said...

  • Matt Haimovitz: Global yet grounded

    By Rick Schultz

    March 20, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Speaking by phone from Montreal, Israeli-born cellist Matt Haimovitz revealed that he’s a great admirer of the American singer Nina Simone. Looking at his life and career, one can easily see why. Like Simone, Haimovitz is admired for his solid classical grounding, eclecticism,...

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