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  • Too Much or Not Enough?

    By Michael Bronski

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Did you hate Fran Drescher in "The Nanny" because she was, well, such a stereotype? And what side were you on in the bitter 1972 cultural war that emerged after "Bridget Loves Bernie" became the fifth most-watched television series, only to be canceled because Jewish religious groups...

  • A Graphic Anniversary

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During the Golden Age of comic books of the 1930s-1940s, cartoonist Will Eisner broke ground, both commercially (by founding the first comics production studio) and artistically (with his cinematic storytelling). When San Diego ComiCon 2003 convenes July 17-20, the industry's most...

  • Victor Haim Perera

    By Alexandra J. Wall

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Victor Haim Perera was haunted by a curse. His great-grandfather, Rabbi Yitzhak Moshe Perera of Jerusalem, had warned his sons and grandsons never to leave the Holy Land without consent "from now to eternity."

    The author of "The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey," a...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose...

  • Failing Minds Fall Prey to Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Why did you come? Go, go before it's too late," Laja Szydlowski warned her daughter, Hanna. She then whispered, "They're killing people here. You don't understand."

    This encounter did not take place in 1940, with Szydlowski holed up in a cramped apartment in the Lodz ghetto in...

  • New Releases Keep Shoah an Open Book

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The secret of redemption is remembrance," as a sign announces in Israel's Yad Vashem, an institution dedicated to remembering the Holocaust. Books, too, are in service of memory, inspiring readers to think again and anew -- and to fight forgetfulness. As Yom HaShoah approaches, the...

  • True Tales From the Holocaust and After

    By Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Drohobycz, Drohobycz and Other Stories: True Tales From the Holocaust and Life After" by Henryk Grynberg. Translated from Polish by Alicia Nitecki. Edited by Theodosia Robertson. (Penguin Books, 2002).

    Until recently, the word Drohobycz (pronounced "Dro-ho-bit-ch") sounded to most...

  • Different From All Other Pesach Books

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Passover is our holiday of words -- words to study and ponder, lines that evoke memories and also inspire hope of better times. Every year, publishers bring out a significant number of new books related to the holiday -- new editions of the haggadah, books of essays and...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • Herb Brin

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Herb Brin, one of the most colorful writers and editors in the annals of Los Angeles Jewish journalism, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 6 at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda.

    His death came 11 days before his 88th birthday and shortly after he completed his...

  • ‘Girl Meets God’—Again and Again

    By Reeve Lindbergh

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Girl Meets God: On the Path to Spiritual Life" by Lauren Winner (Algonquin Books, $23.95).

    Lauren Winner's spiritual memoir, "Girl Meets God," is a passionate and thoroughly engaging account of a continuing spiritual journey within two profoundly different faiths.

    Winner, the...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • Check Out the Library’s New Digs

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Hyam didn't mind working on her birthday. A librarian for the last 19 years at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA), Hyam was actually delighted that some 40 visitors were checking out books and videos at the opening reception celebrating the library's new...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm


    Chin up, ladies. The Jerry Herman musical that gave Yiddish diva Molly Picon her debut on Broadway is playing this week in concert performances at the University of Judaism. That would be "Milk and Honey," the story of two American tourists in the Holy Land who keep...

  • Spicy ‘Shores’ of the Mediterranean

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Celebrated cookbook author and chef Joyce Goldstein can trace her bloodline to a Russian shtetl, but her heart and soul lie in the Mediterranean.

    In "Cucina Ebraica" (Chronicle Books, 1998) and "Sephardic Flavors" (Chronicle Books, 2000) she explored Italian Jewish and Spanish...

  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    By Denise Berger

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • The Downside to Literacy

    By Viva Hammer

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Stanley F. Chyet

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Stanley F. Chyet, professor emeritus of American Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) campus since 1976, and assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees of the Skirball Cultural Center since 1981, died at the age of...

  • ‘Oleander’ Blooms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Janet Fitch met Michelle Pfeiffer to discuss the film version of her debut novel, "White Oleander," last year, she felt like she'd stepped into an episode of "The Twilight Zone." "It was surreal," the affable Jewish author said.

    It was just two years since the 46-year-old...

  • Journalist ReturnsGestapo’s Booty

    By Tom Tugend

    September 19, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    It took close to 70 years, but the books that the Gestapo confiscated from Dr. Caesar Hirsch have been restored to his descendants and donated to the UCLA library, thanks largely to the persistence of a German journalist.

    Hirsch was a prominent otolaryngologist, a specialist in ear,...

  • A Matter of Crime

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Crime does pay. Wait, no. I pay for crime. That is to say, I pay for books about crime because I can't get enough of serial killers, crime profiling, unsolved murders, exonerating DNA evidence, assassins, date stalkers, maximum-security prisons and forensics.

    You know that...

  • The Man Who Knows Too Much

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steve Emerson (Simon & Schuster, $26).

    It began by happenstance

    CNN reporter Steve Emerson was stuck in Oklahoma City on Christmas 1992 with nothing to do and wandered by the city's convention center, where a gathering of the...

  • Where Worlds Collide

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There were no books about Jewish children when writer Lesléa Newman was growing up.

    "I was hungry for a book with characters like [me] to make me feel valid and normal, and to make me think there wasn't something wrong with my family," because it lacked Christmas trees and Easter...

  • Community Scholar

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Driven by a personal desire for intellectual growth, Arie Katz set out last year to attract to Orange County the sort of eminent Jewish scholars that few synagogues can afford to woo on their own.

    With little more than his own chutzpah and considerable networking skills, the Newport...

  • Anxiety about Jewish Literature

    By Ruth Wisse

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As long as the Jewish people lives, it will generate a living culture, and as long as that culture values the written word, Jews will write books.

    Individual genius notwithstanding, these books will reflect the Jewish culture of their time. The Talmud was argued and codified when the...

  • Terror, Grief and Awe

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In past Yom Kippurs I've been known to bring a stack of books with me to synagogue, works both historic and intellectual, to focus on when neither prayer nor imagination can fill the time. Not this year.

    The terror, grief and awe of Sept. 11 will preoccupy my thoughts for many long...

  • The Other Sides

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There are weeks when history is written, and there are weeks, like this past one, when it is rewritten.

    On Thursday, July 26, The New York Times carried a two-page investigation into the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Three days later, the Los Angeles Times ran its...

  • Comic Book Central

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish American contribution to the comic book world is so vast and invaluable it can fill a library. In addition to James Sturm, here's a look at some Jewish talent scheduled to appear at the July 19-22 San Diego Comic-Con 2001 at the San Diego Convention Center.

    • Brian Michael...

  • New Aspects of Anne

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Let's say it right up front: The four-hour television miniseries "Anne Frank" is the most powerful film on the Holocaust in recent memory, not excepting the fabled "Schindler's List."

    The conclusion comes as a surprise, not least to this reviewer. Who would have thought that a...

  • Childhood’s Sweet Sharp Imprint

    By Gina Nahai

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is summer, a long time ago, and I am lying on a terrace overlooking an ancient garden full of rosebushes and fruit trees. The days have been so hot, the asphalt on the sidewalk melts under my feet if I dare step out of the house. At night, the temperature drops. My sisters and I...

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