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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • This week in power: Romney, Gay marriage, Texas crosses, Poland soccer

    By Danny Groner

    June 7, 2012 | 4:49 am

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

    Romney’s religion
    Should candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs matter in the election? asked a Washington Post piece over the weekend. If Romney were, say, Jewish, would that be...

  • Women in wheelchairs ‘Push’ boundaries in real life, TV

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Mia Schaikewitz parked her shiny black Mitsubishi Eclipse in front of her graphic design office in Pasadena, looking glamorous in her black leather jacket and purple eye shadow with matching fingernail polish. Then she opened her car door, lifted out a wheelchair and assembled it in...

  • This week in power: Schultz speech, African refugees, Shavuot message, Family Guy

    By Danny Groner

    May 31, 2012 | 4:55 am

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

    Speech canceled
    A Miami synagogue canceled a program featuring Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz when an influential Republican donor quit the congregation to protest the event, according to...

  • From China to your card table

    May 30, 2012 | 11:23 am

    American pop culture is filled with ethnic cuisines, art and games that have traversed the veritable chasm from curiosity to mainstream success. From burritos to sushi, Sudoku to surfing, many once-exotic fads have become part of the tapestry of American life. And though some of...

  • ‘Columbus’ thriller uncovers explorer’s secret Jewish life

    May 30, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Was Christopher Columbus Jewish? And did he bury a treasure that, if discovered, would shake the political and cultural landscape of the Jewish state? This is the intriguing premise of the suspenseful and extensively researched novel, “The Columbus Affair” (Ballantine Books:...

  • Garcia Lorca’s art, death inspire genre-expanding opera

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    When Federico Garcia Lorca was a child, long before his ascension to the heights of Spanish literary circles, he idolized his mother’s gift for playing the piano. The young Garcia Lorca studied piano, hoping that he shared some of his mother’s talent, but Garcia Lorca would never...

  • Documentary traces changes in kibbutz life

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Back in the 1930s and ’40s, when Diaspora Jews desperately needed a symbol of Jewish strength and pride, the brawny, sunburned kibbutznik became the poster image for the new Jew emerging in Palestine.

    Two generations further on, the straightforward picture has become blurred. The...

  • Intro to Israel considers what ‘Matters’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 15, 2012 | 7:44 pm

    Much heated conversation is conducted in these pages and elsewhere in the media about Israel. We debate every aspect of Israel’s present and future — the ups and downs of its political leadership, the role of religion in the Jewish state, the path to peace with the Palestinians...

  • Filmmaker writes from experience for post-Holocaust drama ‘Mighty Fine’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    Filmmaker Debbie Goodstein has taken to heart the adage, “Write what you know.” Her 1989 Holocaust documentary, “Voices From the Attic,” recounts her mother’s years of hiding in a garret where snow descended through slats in the roof, a baby died and food was scarce.

    The...

  • Choreographer debuts morality tale on dangers of jealousy

    May 9, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Barak Marshall didn’t want to be a dancer. A lawyer, a singer, a scholar — anything but a dancer. “It was what she did,” Marshall says of his Yemenite mother, Margalit Oved, the one-time prima ballerina of the Inbal dance company, a giant of the dance world. And so he...

  • Lust, spectacle on a biblical scale: Why we love silent films

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Sure, you’ve heard of old movies, but one highlight of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival reaches back 88 years, reviving the silent film “The Moon of Israel.”

    The revival fits right in with the rediscovery of the silent film genre, kick-started by the Oscar...

  • Child Holocaust survivors speak up for those who can’t

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 2, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Only a precious remnant of Holocaust survivors is alive today, and many of them were just children when they went into hiding or ended up behind barbed wire. Indeed, there’s a heartbreaking irony in the fact that the last survivors are the ones who were the most at risk, precisely...

  • The night I heard electric music solid walls of sound

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 30, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, the Pixies are just a few of a long list of artists who gave in to political pressure and cancelled their scheduled performances in Israel in the past few years. After receiving threats of an artistic boycott by anti-Israeli groups, they were publicly...

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