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  • High Holy Days: STREET SHOFAR

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 6, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    WAKE UP. Who do you want to be in 5773? www.ikar-la.org

    Michael Brous is Sexy Shofar Man.
    Directed by - Isaac Feder
    Produced by - David Light
    Cinematography by - Jason Oldak and Kobi Zaig
    Edited by - Michael Sheehan and Anders Hoffmann
    Add'l Camera - Micha Kinsbruner
    Huge...

  • Actor feeds off ‘Mormon’s’ racy humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2012 | 11:22 am

    "My favorite kind of comedy is so wrong that it's right," actor Jared Gertner said.

    So it's fitting that he's starring in the blessedly twisted megahit musical "The Book of Mormon," which after scoring nine Tony Awards and a reputation for almost impossible-to-snag tickets has...

  • 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,...

  • ‘The Possession’ possesses the box office

    September 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    “The Possession” is off to a devilishly good start at the box office, grossing $21.3 million -- making it the second best opening for a movie on Labor Day weekend after “Halloween” in 2007, which brought in $30.6 million. Based on the dybbuk, a malevolent Jewish spirit, and the...

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  • Democratic convention picks Rabbi Wolpe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple has confirmed that he will deliver the invocation at the Wednesday (9/5) evening session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    His prayer will focus on the ideals animating the United States, Wolpe said, and will...

  • To Kaplan brothers, ‘Silence’ is golden

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Remember Jonathan Demme’s 1991 classic horror flick “Silence of the Lambs,” where rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) turns to incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to help her catch another killer, this one named Buffalo Bill? Bill, as you may...

  • Meet Yarmulke-Wearing “America’s Got Talent” Semifinalist Edon Pinchot [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 29, 2012 | 11:33 am

    If you’ve been following “America’s Got Talent” this season, you’ve no doubt seen the stunning performances by 14 year old, yarmulke-wearing, singer/pianist Edon Pinchot. While contestants on the show are not allowed to give video interviews, The Jewish Channel spoke with the young star and his family by phone about his success on the show. Edon is now one of the top 24 left in the competition. Check out the interview here, starting at the 2:37 mark.

  • Conventional Wisdom

    By Elliot Steingart

    August 29, 2012 | 11:23 am

    It’s good to hear opposing viewpoints. It’s part of the reason I’m in a relationship. My girlfriend told me the name of the Hebrew God is Yahweh. I’ve been Jewish for 27 years and I’ve never heard of Yahweh. It’s worth listening to the other side even if the other side believes in...

  • A Wonderful Weekend in San Francisco

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    I was in San Francisco last weekend to celebrate the Englishman’s birthday.  His oldest daughter lives there while going to University, so we schlepped up to spend a couple of nights and have a nice birthday dinner.  We had all three of our kids with us and it was a great visit. ...

  • Henry Jaglom’s ‘45 Minutes from Broadway’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 27, 2012 | 11:01 pm

    Henry Jaglom’s 18th film, “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” revolves around an eccentric family of actors with roots going back to the Yiddish theater, spotlighting one spring in their ramshackle country house outside New York City.  There’s the patriarch, George “Grisha”...

  • Le’Chaim to France

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 27, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    During last summer my family and I took a trip to Europe. From what I recall, I enjoyed most of the sites we visited, but one spot particularly captured me. A city, known to many, as the city of love, lights and romance. And a city that shaped the course of my entire high school...

  • Romney/Ryan and the lullaby of lying

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    It shouldn’t have taken Todd Akin’s crackpot contraception comment to alert us that Paul Ryan thinks rape is just another “method of conception.” 

    If the news media hadn’t grown blasé about the Republican war on women, plenty of pre-Akin Americans would have already known that...

  • A Mid-summer Night Shabbat, at the Ford, draws 1,000

    By Ryan Torok

    August 27, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Approximately 1,000 people are singing the late songwriter Debbie Friedman’s version of Lech-Lecha. Craig Taubman, musician and composer, leads them along. In a moment, Taubman asks the crowd to stop singing—the large band accompanying him continues to play a gentle...

  • Journeying to a Jewish Cemetery in Ukrainian Transcarpathia

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 26, 2012 | 8:04 am

    The elegant and informative riowang blog runs a very nice, and poetic, post—with lots of photos—about the Jewish cemetery in Tekovo/Tekehaza in Ukrainian Transcarpathia.

    I have linked in the past to the very detailed and richly illustrated riowang posts about the Jewish cemetery...

  • If I Were A Rich Man Tour 2012

    By Tera Greene

    August 25, 2012 | 3:13 am

    “Justice Justice Shall You Pursue”

    Never before have I really felt this statement from Deuteronomy (16:20) in my bones as I do now.  In a world where people are more visibly losing hope, becoming more prone to acts of violence that are so far from our basic nature of love, it is...

  • Rabbis for Obama? Of prophets, the Orthodox—and disingenuousness

    By Mark Paredes

    August 24, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that hundreds of liberal rabbis nationwide have once again decided to publicly endorse Barack Obama for president. Over 613 “Rabbis for Obama” have signed up, twice the number of endorsers in 2008. Although I would love to see those...

  • ZOA calls off Hotel Shangri-La protest after ‘concessions’ from owner

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice that it was planning a protest Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of the Hotel Shangri-La to “express outrage” following a recent jury decision that found the hotel and its owner had...

  • What should Jews do about the circumcision crisis?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 24, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My two smart and well-informed colleagues, Dr. Rabbi Dov Maimon and Nadia ‎Ellis (of JPPI fame), just published a new report on the so-called Circumcision ‎Crisis. That is, the attempt to limit or ban circumcision and other religious ‎practices in Western Europe. The paper is...

  • Drunk and high ‘skateboard rabbi’ is the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right’ [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 23, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    It’s gotta be a high when you’re chosen as a “Price is Right” contestant, but for comedian Josh Androsky, it’s a whole different high.

    Androsky recently became a reddit sensation when his appearance on CBS’s “The Price is Right” hit youtube. The “skateboard rabbi” was unexpectedly...

  • Opinion: Jerusalem bullies need a dose of respect

    August 23, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Jerusalem’s Zion Square, located in the city center, where rallies mobilize, concerts convene, street fairs assemble and pedestrians abound, caught the attention of local media and became the topic of weekend table talk when it was learned that on Aug. 16, 17-year-old Jamal Julani,...

  • Sam Raimi’s latest horror flick draws on ‘true’ tale, Jewish exorcism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Back in 2004, the horror-flicks mogul Sam Raimi was riveted by a Los Angeles Times article headlined “A Jinx in a Box?” which recounted the strange history of a wine cabinet brought to this country by a Polish concentration camp survivor. The box contained “allegedly, one...

  • Youkilis says he will play for Israel at World Baseball Classic

    August 22, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said he will play for Israel at the World Baseball Classic.

    Youkilis told Israel Sports Radio Wednesday that he would play for Team Israel if he is healthy. This season, the three-time All Star is hitting .241 with 15 home runs and 47...

  • Super mogul Kathy Ireland the new super model for Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 22, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    In the ever-unwinnable image war, maybe what Israel needs is a Cover Girl.

    I’m thinking someone tall, curvy and striking, who boasts a record number of appearances in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (say, 13, with three covers), a role-model type who has created a...

  • Scratch it Up

    By Elliot Steingart

    August 22, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Addiction is a scary thing. In ninth grade I was mentally addicted to cigarettes for almost a week. I couldn’t stop thinking about cigarettes until I smoked half a Parliament Light and gave the rest to someone else. I’m lucky that I’ve never been addicted to drugs, alcohol, or...

  • ZOA to protest outside Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the wake of the recent jury verdict that found the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had illegally discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the...

  • Thermostat or Thermometer: How Do You Function?

    By Samira Asemanfar

    August 21, 2012 | 10:23 am

    It is very simple. As most genius is (in retrospect).

    As an entrepreneur, mother, friend, lover, spouse or whatever valuable role you play: are you a thermostat or thermometer?
    A thermostat sets the temperature that it expects.
    A thermometer reads the current temperature.

    If you are just an observer, being a thermometer works. But in your life, you are a thermostat. Your company and your family look to you to successfully set expectations and regulate. The dangerous place is to act as a thermometer when you are positioned as a thermostat.

    Check yourself.

  • Why We Don’t Use the Word “Retarded” and Why You Shouldn’t Either

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 20, 2012 | 10:33 pm

    During our recent LA Federation Special Needs Mission in Israel, Danny Katz from the Welfare of Ministry took great pains to point out that they were changing the name of his department from “Adults with Mental Retardation” to “Adults with Intellectual Disabilities”, so that...

  • Sunday at Kenny and Zuke’s Delicatessen [SLIDESHOW]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 19, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    More than Jews have kept delis, the deli has kept the Jews.

    Yes, that’s a direct ripoff of Ahad Ha’am’s famous dictum about the Sabbath.

    I didn’t know Heschel, but I bet if I could have gotten him alone over a cup of cold beet borscht at Rattner’s, he would have thought it...

  • Elliot Caplow, real estate developer, philanthropist, 83

    By JewishJournal

    August 16, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    Elliot Caplow, a prominent real estate developer and Jewish philanthropist, died Aug. 16 at the age of 83.

    Caplow graduated from UCLA in 1952 with a degree in business and began his career as a broker with Hollingsworth and Co. He is credited with brokering two landmark properties...

  • Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ and the Holocaust-inspired Milgram Experiment [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 15, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Craig Zobel’s controversial new film “Compliance” revolves around a prank caller, impersonating a policeman, who manipulates employees at a fast food restaurant into sexually assaulting a co-worker—a plot based on dozens of jaw-dropping, real incidents that have occurred...

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