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  • Worry about your kids’ character, not their grades, says author Madeline Levine

    August 20, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Not long ago, psychologist Madeline Levine gave a lecture at a Jewish day school near her home in Marin County, Calif. The topic: “Your Average Child.”

    Nobody showed up.

    “I guess there wasn’t a single average kid at the school,” Levine quips. 

    “By definition, the...

  • Obama’s victory resonates with L.A. Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 6, 2008 | 2:35 am

    After morning minyan at Valley Beth Shalom on Election Day, one of the elderly members, a child of the Holocaust and survivor of discrimination in its evilest form, approached Rabbi Ed Feinstein with joy.

    "Can you imagine?" he asked the rabbi. "We've lived to see a black man elected...

  • Let bygones (not) be bygones

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    That's it?

    Twelve-hundred-and-eight words, and we're supposed to forget the months of ugly that came before?

    Not so fast.

    "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find...
  • Alan Arkin—not just another kid From Brooklyn

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I can say what I want. I still got Nazi bullets in my ass!"

    Such acerbic rants by Grandpa Hoover pretty much sum up the foul-mouthed, drug-sniffing, sex-crazed curmudgeon Alan Arkin plays in the Oscar-nominated film, "Little Miss Sunshine." Alan Arkin

    The performance is one that Arkin has...

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  • When Two Orthodox Worlds Collide

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Outside World" by Tova Mirvis (Knopf, $24)

    Tova Mirvis began her second novel with the thought of writing an Orthodox "Madame Bovary." But, four years later, things turned out quite differently: Although her new novel is full of romantic longings, Tzippy Goldman is no Emma.

    ...

  • A Rough-and-Tumble Return

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Actress Jessica Lundy was mostly working TV guest starring roles when she landed the part of Roberta in John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" last month. The searing play spotlights two survivors who meet, clash, have sex, reveal secrets and begin to heal one another....

  • Hot Property

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend and I had been engaging in some very dangerous activities lately. At first it started out as a rekindled friendship.

    And then it grew into dinner dates, late nights and long talks. Then we crossed the "just friends" boundaries and got intimate. But the most dangerous...

  • Carlyle Discusses Dangers of ‘Hitler’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Robert Carlyle, of "The Full Monty" and "Angela's Ashes" fame, gives a striking performance in the title role of the CBS miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." The film, which airs Sunday and Tuesday (May 18 and 20) at 9 p.m., focuses on Hitler's life from Munich beer hall orator in...

  • Playing at Pollard

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Martin Blank confesses he has an affinity for spy stories. It was this attraction that drew him to a book about great American espionage cases a few years ago -- and to the story of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who received a life sentence in 1987 for passing...

  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • ‘Slap’ Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Melanie Mayron read an early script of the iconic yuppie angst-fest "thirtysomething" in 1987, she rushed to the telephone. The series' creators had portrayed her character, Melissa, as Jewish, fat and troubled. But the famously redheaded actress didn't want any of that. She'd...

  • One Shagadelic Sourpuss

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    She's back, baby -- and dare we say it? -- she's shaggable. In the third go-round of Mike Myers' Bond spoof, "Austin Powers in Goldmember," Mindy Sterling returns as Frau Farbissina ("sourpuss" in Yiddish), Dr. Evil's number-one squeeze and henchwoman. But she's...

  • Georgian Life

    By Amy Klein

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the meaning of courage?

    In Hollywood, it is often the brave, handsome soldier who risks his life, or the enterprising businesswoman who succeeds against all odds. The triumph of the individual: that's the American Way.

    But not all cultures glorify that path, and when faced...

  • Water Years

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Remember Hanna-Barbara's "Squiddly Diddly?" Well, a new cartoon cephalopod has come to town, and his name is Oswald the octopus. Voicing the title character on "Oswald," Nickelodeon's new addition to its children's line-up, is a Valley boy who has been a popular actor since...

  • Hebrew Secret

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The discussion was con-fidential when Roger Richman, attorney for Hebrew University of Jerusalem, met with Bonnie Curtis, Steven Spielberg's producer on "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence." Spielberg needed the university's help on his top-secret film, about a robot child who longs to...

  • Universal Truths

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The words we find in this week's parasha have undoubtedly influenced more individuals in the Western world than any other in the entire Torah. They are called in Hebrew aseret hadibrot (the ten utterances), but most people know them simply as the Ten Commandments.

    They have provided...

  • Inspired Performance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Natasha Richardson starred in Paul Schrader's 1988 biopic, "Patty Hearst," she drew inspiration from a Holocaust-themed tome plucked off a shelf in her father's Los Angeles home. The book was "If This Is a Man," Primo Levi's account of his time in Auschwitz, and in its pages...

  • Updating the Marx Brothers

    By Tom Tugend

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Michael Preston, Paul Magid and Howard JayPatterson of The Flying Karamazov Brothers.
    As a reward to all of us lowbrows for sitting through any numberof very serious, avant-garde dramas and trying to figure out thepsychological motivations of the characters, the Mark...

  • One Man’s Journey to Judaism

    By Tom Tugend

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

     

    There is nothing tentative or half-way about MarkC. "Moshe" Hardie.

    For instance, when the 26-year-old African-American decided tobecome a Jew, he underwent three conversion processes, with aConservative/Reform rabbi in San Francisco, at Chabad House inBerkeley, and with the Orthodox...

  • Make the Time Count

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Child rearing, it turns out, is a relativelyshort-term project. The truth is that we don't have them for verylong. Eighteen years, that's all. Eighteen years, from birth untilthey move away to Stanford. If your child is 5, you've got 13 yearsleft. If your child is 8, you've got 10...
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