Thirteen years ago, Nathan Englander’s debut story collection, “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges,” brought its then twenty-something author his initial fame. Eight years later came the publication of a first novel, “The Ministry of Special Cases.” This year brings...
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January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pmSharon Pucker Rivo recently dropped by my home to talk about the National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) and left behind a catalog of the center's holdings.
It's rare that a catalog makes for spellbinding reading, but I discovered in it a new and fascinating picture of pulsating...
December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pmI will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.
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Barbara Grover had traveled the world photographing such heart-wrenching subjects as children living in trash dumps, but it was a garlic braid and a pair of kids' shoes in a bombed-out house that moved her most of all.
That house belonged to Salah Shehada, commander of Hamas'...
December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm
"The Nanny's" Fran Drescher whines her way into hearts once again, as she hosts the Jewish Television Network's one-hour, all-the-stops-pulled-out"A Chanukah Celebration." Today on PBS, Fran shares her own Chanukah memories, then introduces each of the segments that...
December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm
When she was 18 years old, Desy Safán-Gerard conducted an a cappella choir in her native Chile and won a yearlong scholarship to study musical composition in Jerusalem.
Today, the Venice-based artist has long since left music, but not her love of it. Now an abstract painter and...
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...
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...
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...
October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm
In 1949, 16-year-old Ernest Michel never dreamed that the very belt and pants he wore at Auschwitz would become treasured relics in a special exhibit. At the time, the young labor camp inmate was more concerned with survival. Now at age 79, the former executive vice president of the...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
"Israel in Crisis: 20 Years of Israeli Art, 1980-2000," a summerlong avant-garde art exhibit at The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Gallery, distills some of the best painters who have brought about a revolution in the Israeli art scene.
The collection is courtesy of Michael...
September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm
An Iron Age stone fragment that bears the first known reference outside the Bible to King David will be among the works shown in October during "The Holy Land: David Roberts, Dead Sea Scrolls, House of David Inscription" at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana. It will be a...