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  • ‘Sota Project’: Sealed With a Kiss

    October 17, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    The Talmud is on display this month at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, but if you’re expecting a dry examination of rabbinic law and ethics, you’ve come to the wrong place. Ofri Cnaani’s “The Sota Project” offers a daring and even graphic take on Jewish views of adultery, sexuality...

  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Maya Isacowitz is an Israeli singer-songwriter, who performs in English. She released her first single, "Is it Alright" in 2011, and since, she continues to grow a mass of loyal fans, and has more and more recognition on national radio stations. In spite of her success, Isacowitz...

  • Artist Daniel J. Martinez provokes religion, politics to incite insight

    September 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Daniel Joseph Martinez has a question, or, rather, he wants you to have one. Well-known as one of the art world’s favorite provocateurs, the Los Angeles native and resident has brought his unique brand of art-as-conversation-piece to Culver City’s Roberts & Tilton Gallery for his...

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  • Sept. 29 - Oct. 5

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 10:03 am

    [SAT SEPT 29]

    MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

    Smithsonian magazine hosts a free day at participating museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Autry National Center. Zimmer...

  • The Hollywood treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    “Fundamentally, your job is not that different from my job,” screenwriter Alex Litvak told a room full of rabbis assembled at American Jewish University for the annual High Holy Days conference sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

    While most of the 165...

  • Filling a Gallery With Faith

    September 12, 2012 | 11:46 am

    As you approach the Barbara Mendes Gallery on South Robertson Boulevard, you know you’re in for an experience. The brightly colored, psychedelic exterior of the little gallery in the SoRo neighborhood doesn’t cry out Jewish art, and neither does the gallery’s proprietor at first...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 15-21, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 10:01 am

    SAT SEPT 15

    “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”
    The feature-length documentary explores the life of the 89-year-old, comic-book legend, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Directed by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence...

  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November...

  • Fall Films: Identity crises, controversy, conflict, creativity and chicanery

    September 10, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    A careful search has uncovered a small treasure trove of unusual and provocative films slated for release this fall.

    Two of these focus on the crisis of identity experienced by unsuspecting young men who suddenly discover they have Jewish roots.

    In “The Other Son,” by...

  • Theatre Dybbuk: Company invokes folklore, myth to stretch boundaries of Jewish theater

    September 10, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    When Aaron Henne decided to form a new Jewish theater company, he knew he needed to push boundaries and make bold statements to challenge the traditional image of what constitutes Jewish theater. So now, with its first major production, Henne’s aptly named Theatre Dybbuk is...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Faith, not just gayness, informs filmmaker’s works

    By Pat Sierchio

    September 5, 2012 | 10:59 am

    This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal,...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 17, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    As you all probably know, when you reach the age of 18 in Israel, you automatically (with exceptions) serve in the IDF for two years at least. There are many types of jobs you can do, and many ways to serve. It all depends of your personality and abilities. Most people either serve...

  • This week in power: Paul Ryan, Hungary Jew, Temple Mount, Blurry glasses

    By Danny Groner

    August 16, 2012 | 4:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ryan’s selection
    Like many American organizations, Jewish groups are figuring how how they feel about Mitt Romney’s VP choice, Congressman Paul Ryan. The National Jewish Democratic Jewish...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • Shlomo Carlebach’s life comes to the stage in ‘Soul Doctor’

    August 14, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    As he researched the complex life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for a new musical, playwright Daniel Wise found a surprisingly candid source.

    Neshama Carlebach, a successful recording artist and popular performer of her father’s compositions, openly revealed his many struggles as...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 10, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    This week, I would like to recommend a book. It took me a while to find a good book in Hebrew which was translated to English. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of them, and I must admit: you miss out on a lot. Fortunately, considering the circumstances, the Minheret HaZman (The Time...

  • Rothko’s passion, tragedy galvanize Molina’s portrayal in ‘Red’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    John Logan’s two-person play, “Red,” which spotlights the legendary Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, is set a decade before the notoriously prickly painter committed suicide in 1970. The drama, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Aug. 12, begins as Rothko (Alfred Molina)...

  • Rothko’s passion, tragedy galvanize Molina’s portrayal in ‘Red’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    John Logan’s two-person play, “Red,” which spotlights the legendary Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, is set a decade before the notoriously prickly painter committed suicide in 1970. The drama, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Aug. 12, begins as Rothko (Alfred Molina)...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend- exclusive interview

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 3, 2012 | 12:19 pm

    To me, Michael Einav is a symbol of a true success, a young boy from a small town in Israel, who makes his way to the big city- Tel Aviv. There he appears in several local musicals, until he gets his big break in the Israeli version of American Idol. He doesn’t make it to the finals,...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 28, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Keren Ann is probably the most successful Israeli singer abroad. In fact, she is so successful that you need to read about her to know she is Israeli. So far, she released sis solo albums. She took parts in acclaimed projects both in Europe and in the States. You might have heard...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 20, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Because we are all a part of the human nature, even us, the perfect Israelis, have the tendency of self-criticizing. One of the most common topics where we have a problem with, well, ourselves, is Israeli movies. In the past decade, our film industry flourishes, as more and more...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 13, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Ha Chov (The Debt), is a 2007 Israeli drama-thriller film directed by Assaf Bernstein, starring Gila Almagor, Neta Garty, Itay Tiran, Oded Teomi, Yuriy Chepurnov, and Oleg Drach.


    In the center of the plot there is an Israeli Mossad team who in captured a notorious Nazi doctor who...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 6, 2012 | 7:40 am

    Shotei Ha’nevua (“The Fools of Prophecy”) was an Israeli band, who broke up in 2007, but their music still have a major part in Israel’s music scene. Their music is a fusion of Dub-Raggae with Hip-Hop and Dance music, with an addition of a Mediterranean flavor.

    Shotei Ha’nevua even...

  • This week in power: Shamir, Jobbik, Romney trip, Survivor pageant

    By Danny Groner

    July 5, 2012 | 4:17 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Shamir’s death
    Yitzhak Shamir, an underground fighter and former prime minister of Israel, died at age 96 last weekend. How is he remembered? “In retrospect, Shamir’s cool, patient...

  • Birkenau and Krakov: Absolute horror, undeniable hope

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 29, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    BIRKENAU: So outrageously beautiful here in early summer.  Dana Schwartz, a child survivor of the ghetto and forest, now in her seventies, once told me what a friend, a former prisoner at Auschwitz, said in response to the common observation of first-time visitors to Auschwitz in the...

  • The graves that aren’t there

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 23, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    "The SS man learned the attitude of a warrior for war's sake; unquestioning obedience; hardness as hardening himself against any human empathy; contempt for the ‘inferior'; and arrogance towards all who did not belong in the Order..."
    Hans Buchheim, 1967


    Berlin: We've seen a lot...
  • This week in power: Romney, Obama, Hebrew National, Alice Walker

    By Danny Groner

    June 21, 2012 | 4:43 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Romney, Jewish?
    Would it really matter if Romney were Jewish? asked Jeffrey Goldberg at Bloomberg. “Mormons’ equanimity in the face of derision is refreshing, and speaks to the...

  • Friends or foes?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 8, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    At first glance, this is a fairytale story coming true- an Israeli singer shining abroad. This story could have had a happy ending as well if it weren’t for politics raising its ugly head yet again.

    A couple months back I wrote about a Facebook campaign which changed my entire...

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