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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • The soul of Monique Benabou

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    Monique Benabou might be a guy’s ideal woman. The 23-year-old former contestant on NBC-TV’s reality singing competition show, “The Voice,” handpicked by pop star Christina Aguilera, is beautiful and equipped with soulful pipes, along with being adventurous, compassionate and...

  • Music moguls to artists: Don’t boycott Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 25, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    On a recent Tuesday, a group of 30 leading music executives, talent agents and entertainment lawyers gathered for lunch in the downstairs conference room at the law offices of Ziffren Brittenham in Century City. Together, the group represents the likes of Lady Gaga, Celine Dion,...

  • ‘Modigliani’ paints moving portrait of tormented artist

    April 25, 2012 | 11:29 am

    An artist’s angst over personal demons and the vicissitudes of the marketplace is depicted with a mixture of humor and pathos in the upcoming revival of “Modigliani” at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. The story, set in the Montparnasse area of Paris in 1916, covers three...

  • Israeli authors, screenwriters featured at Buenos Aires book fair

    April 23, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli authors and screenwriters are being featured at the 38th Book Fair of Buenos Aires.

    The book fair, which runs through May 7, reportedly is the most visited book fair in the Spanish-speaking world; last year more than 1.25 million people attended.

    Joseph Cedar, the Academy...

  • Choicest of the choice

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 18, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Much has changed in the book business since the Los Angeles Times launched its Festival of Books 17 years ago, but the FOB — as it is fondly known — remains the premier event of the literary calendar for the more than 100,000 readers and writers who never miss it.

    The 2012...

  • With Tony Curtis profile, docs shine at Jewish fest

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2012 | 11:36 am

    For its opening night on May 3, the Jewish Film Festival appropriately returns to one of Hollywood’s golden ages and to one of its most celebrated Jewish stars, Bernie Schwartz, aka Tony Curtis.

    The documentary “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom” covers a lot of ground, much of...

  • This week in power: Romney, Gunter Grass, Connecticut politics, Passover message

    By Danny Groner

    April 12, 2012 | 5:09 am

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

    Romney’s race
    With Rick Santorum bowing out of the GOP race this week, it appears that the nomination is now going to go to Mitt Romney. “If he can allay Jewish concerns about the...

  • Loss, survival — cue the music

    April 11, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    “When I told my son I was going to write a musical about the Holocaust,” playwright and Holocaust survivor Lucy Deutsch recalled, “he raised both arms and screamed, ‘Mother, how can you do that? Those two words don’t belong together!’

    “I answered, ‘Yes they do, if...

  • Music transcends darkest hours in ‘Willesden Lane’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Malka and Abraham Jura faced a Solomonic decision in late 1938, as the Nazis were tightening the vise on the Jews of Vienna. The couple hoped to send their three daughters to safety but were able to wrangle only one place on the Kindertransport ferrying a limited number of Jewish...

  • Painting lives: Artist helps clients mark pivot points, from bar mitzvah dreams to a dying wish

    April 9, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Lori Loebelsohn enters other people’s lives at pivotal moments: a marriage, a milestone birthday, a bar mitzvah. Armed with a pen and a notebook, she discusses intimate details about the inner lives of those she has just met: their passions, their most significant memories, their...

  • Probing the mysterious fate of the Romanovs

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 5, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Over the many years I’ve spent bumping around the book business, I have introduced my wife, Ann, to a great many literary lions and lionesses, but nothing quite compares to the evening when we first met Dora Levy Mossanen at a book-signing for John Rechy at Dutton’s in Brentwood.

    ...
  • Home movies reveal cultural history of SoCal Jews

    April 4, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    Home movies have long played an important role in the lives of American Jews. Backyard barbecues, baby namings, bar mitzvahs — few are the events that haven’t been captured on film by the Jewish parent or grandparent. Home movies contain our memories, our inside jokes, our first...

  • From L.A. to Casablanca and back again

    March 29, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    On May 16, 2003, a series of suicide bombings struck Casablanca. The target: Jews. Luckily, the suicide bombers were not particularly savvy, and the Jewish targets they struck were empty for Shabbat. Although no Jews were killed, nearly 30 Muslims died as a result of the blasts. In...

  • Starring in ‘Godot’ ... and Remembering Beckett

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    In his art-filled Brentwood living room, actor Alan Mandell approached a bookcase filled with volumes on the late existential playwright Samuel Beckett, reverently pulling a file from a shelf. Inside was a rare treasure:  a copy of the script Beckett gave the now 84-year-old Mandell...

  • Hershey Felder’s two Los Angeles theater turns

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2012 | 7:32 pm

    Hershey Felder is a prolific performer, writer and composer, but he is setting a new personal record with world premieres of two plays at different Los Angeles venues.

    Best known as the piano-playing alter ego of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Frederic Chopin, Felder is...

  • Ben Marcus’ story of heartbreak and violence

    March 23, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    An epidemic that started among the forest-dwelling Jews — “genetic in nature … a problem only for certain people” — is spreading to other communities and threatening to impose an ominous silence upon the world.  The culprit is the toxic language of children.  This is the...

  • This week in power: France attack, Mittzkrieg, Sandra Fluke, Backstreet Boy

    By Danny Groner

    March 22, 2012 | 5:33 am

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

    France shooting
    During a shootout Thursday, French police killed the suspect accused of being the gunman who reportedly filmed his attack of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, that left...

  • Segel’s starry-eyed man-child amuses and moves us

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Jason Segel folded his 6-foot-4-inch frame compactly onto a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel and placed his hand upon his chin. Quirky and thoughtful in conversation, the star and co-writer of such comic hits as “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” spoke eloquently on...

  • Connie Rice and the Ayecha challenge

    March 14, 2012 | 10:50 am

    “Where are you?” This is the first question in the Torah. Asked by God, directed to Adam, this foundational question — ayecha in Hebrew — echoes as more than mere inquiry about physical location. Ayecha is a piercing question about character: “What matters to you?”...

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