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  • Personalize your ketubah without breaking the law

    By Michele Alperin

    October 10, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    For many brides and grooms, the ketubah signing that precedes the veiled walk down the aisle has a bit of mystery about it. They may not be sure exactly what the ancient Aramaic text says, but the signing ceremony sets just the right air of solemnity as a prelude to the veiled walk...
  • The hip Jewish museum by the Bay, Nagler new JFS chief

    July 17, 2008 | 5:57 pm

    The Hip Jewish Museum by the Bay

    The new Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is a hip amalgam of modern art. Daniel Liebeskind's peculiar architectural dazzle looks like a giant Rubik's Cube in metallic steel, standing on its tip beneath the city's downtown skyscrapers....

  • VIDEO: Architecture as experience - Daniel Libeskind

    July 11, 2008 | 6:19 pm


    Celebrated architect Daniel Libeskind discusses his views of architecture as a spiritual and aesthetic experience, citing the examples of two sites he designed: the rebuilding of New York City’s World Trade Center, and San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.

     

     

  • Theater: Troy vs. ‘Tsuris’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "How should I prepare?" asks playwright Mark Troy after agreeing to an interview the following morning about his new play, "Tsuris," opening Friday, Dec. 22, at the Sidewalk Studio Theater in Toluca Lake. "Should I wear a blue tuxedo?" Although he is not a standup comedian and says...
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  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 3

    Left-leaning readers will appreciate tonight’s show featuring political commentary. “Laughing Liberally” is in town for just one night, after a successful February debut at New York City’s Town Hall. Attend to hear comedians/commentators Will Durst, Jim David,...

  • Treasury Mainstreams Dramatic Plights

    By Ethan Kanfer

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Published plays -- especially those in anthologies -- tend to be dismissed by the casual browser as specialty items, of interest only to students of theater history or to actors in search of audition material. Ellen Schiff and Michael Posnick clearly had something else in mind when...

  • ‘Monumental’:

    By Susan Josephs

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When they first started dancing together, Noam Gagnon and Dana Gingras used to lock themselves in a studio for somewhere between five and seven hours a day. Together, they tried to make their bodies react in "authentic ways," irrespective of how high they could jump, how fast they...

  • Is the ‘Wicked Man’ Just Misunderstood?

    By Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last month I took my family to see the Broadway musical, "Wicked," a recasting of the "Wizard of Oz," where all the supposedly good people turn out to be self-centered and the Wicked Witch is revealed to be a sensitive iconoclast battling a malicious smear campaign. "Fractured Fairy...

  • Illuminating Tales of Modern Maccabees

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In Myra Goldberg's short story, "Who Can Retell," reprinted in the National Public Radio anthology, "Hanukkah Lights, Stories of the Season" (Melcher Media, 2005), a young girl is concerned that her school's holiday glee club is singling out all the Jewish students to sing Chanukah...

  • Cowboys & Indians

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One of the bizarre effects of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 is better holiday movies. I realize that sounds coarse and facile at the same time, but it's demonstrably true.

    The major Christmas releases in the 2000 holiday season -- the year before Sept. 11 -- were "Dr. Seuss' How...

  • Soothing Music Memories

    By Ellie Kahn

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Len Lawrence was sitting shiva for his father 12 years ago, he found himself longing for some Jewish music to help soothe him through that difficult time, but he just couldn't find the right songs.

    Now that Lawrence is general manager of Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and...

  • How Funny Is Passover?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover is not primarily known for being a funny holiday, but don't tell that to Terry and Patty LaBan. The creators of "Edge City," who have brought contemporary Jewish American suburban life to the funny pages since 2000, are giving the Ardin family the ultimate seder storyline...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 29

    Annie Korzen knows better than you. Or at least that's what she thinks. In her one-woman show, "Straight From the Mouth," that's how she gives it to you. Expect music, "constructive criticism" and lots of laughs from the gal also known as "Seinfeld's" Doris...

  • Sins the Rabbis Left Out

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The writers of the machzor were pretty comprehensive in listing the multitude of sins we commit as a community over the course of the year. Some of them -- such as foul speech, unscrupulous business affairs, sexual immorality and fraud -- are remarkably relevant today. But the...

  • Helnwein ‘Epiphany’ Afflicts Comfortable

    By Mitchell Waxman

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In contemporary artist Gottfried Helnwein's painting, "Epiphany I," an Aryan Madonna-like figure sits holding a naked, uncircumcised new born boy, while some SS officers stand around her, critically sizing up mother and child. The painting is a reproduction of a Nazi propaganda...

  • Trial of King David Sabotages Lessons

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I chose not to attend Tarbut's trial of King David. Billed as "the people against King David," it promised to be a trial that was "3,000 years in the making."

    I considered going when I read of the legal minds involved in the trial. Justice Sheila Sonenshine is an outstanding jurist;...

  • Jewish Folk Art Gets Contemporary Cut

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Feathery palm trees, swaying dancers, and butting rams are untraditional focal points in the contemporary Jewish papercuts of artist Deborah Heyman.

    In reinterpreting this nearly lost, venerable Jewish folk art tradition, Heyman, of Irvine, finds inspiration and content for her own...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Linda Richman types be warned. The American Cinematheque's "Can't Stop the Musicals!! A Celebration of Hollywood Musicals of the 1970s and 1980s" presents the plotz-inducing Barbra Streisand Double Feature tonight. From Glamour Babs to Cross-dresser Babs, the back-to-back...

  • Classic ‘Nathan’ Takes Modern Turn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," now at the Lillian Theater, a bloody war ravages the Middle East. Jerusalem is the flashpoint.

    But the setting isn't modern-day Israel; it's the Third Crusade in 1192.

    If Lessing's 18th-century German classic feels contemporary, it is...

  • BJE Selects ‘Leaf’ for Reading Initiative

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assimilation. How Jewish children should best be educated. Oppression against Jews and the Jewish State. Whether faith can provide meaningful answers.

    Those topics lead to unexpected plot turns in "As a Driven Leaf," a historical novel selected by Orange County's Bureau of Jewish...

  • Is Lucian Freud Hot?

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    British painter Lucian Freud is considered Britain's greatest living painter, one of the towering figures of realist portraiture. The largest retrospective of Freud's work has now come to Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the only U.S. venue for this exhibit.

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  • Spiritual Sounds

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If -- by chance -- you start flipping through Christian radio stations and you come across some Hebrew songs, the person singing them is most likely Sam Glaser, a Los Angeles-based Orthodox musician whose spiritual music is traversing religious boundaries. "I have no idea how the...

  • Wendy Wasserstein to Give a Little Peek

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fertility therapy, Jewish identity, pressure to marry, single parenting. All are themes that flow through both the personal life and creative work of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony in 1998 for "The Heidi Chronicles."

    In a rare peek behind the...

  • Sing a New Song

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman remembers a time not too long ago when he and other popular Jewish musicians were branded as destroyers of Jewish culture.

    "Years ago there was incredible tension. You can't ignore it," Taubman told The Journal from his Studio City home and office. "There were...

  • Welcome Home

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When her first liturgical tune popped into Debbie Friedman's head almost 30 years ago, she had no clue that she would become the queen of contemporary American Jewish music.



    And when three little Conservative synagogues on the Westside decided to band together for a fundraiser,...

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