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  • Judy Toll is one funny valentine

    May 4, 2008 | 2:59 pm

    Groucho Marx said anyone can get old—all you have to do is live long enough. But what can you say about a comedian who lived it all in 44 years, as a breakthrough stand-up, gifted improv actor and writer for the hottest HBO comedy show?


    Meet Judy Toll.


    “Judy was a Jew; I don’t know...

  • Films: Documentary captures young Orthodox boxer’s journey

    By Saul Austerlitz

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    The trailer


    The era of Jewish boxers -- tough guys from the ghettos, like Benny Leonard and Barney Ross -- is over. For that matter, the era of boxing itself, once king of all American sports, has passed, as well. In that regard, Dmitriy Salita is doubly a throwback, being both...

  • How Tinseltown shaped the world’s view of the Holocaust

    By Tom Tugend

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Hollywood movies and television have shaped the way most of the world perceives the Final Solution, narrator Gene Hackman observes at the beginning of "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust."

    It is a statement that may not sit too well with generations of historians and...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for March 22-28

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Chutzpah: 'Ask the rabbi!' See Saturday night listing


    SAT | MARCH 22


    (PURIM PARTY)
    pick gifWe know. March has been one long Purimpalooza with parties, megillah readings, carnivals, face paint and ubiquitous bounce houses. But, this party promises to be different: "Wet Hot American Purim"...

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  • Picks and clicks for March 15-21

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 15

    (CANCER AWARENESS)
    pick gifHelp find a cure for a condition that affects too many of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. Fight breast cancer with more than 15,000 men, women and children at the 12th annual Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run and 1K...
  • Films: Director examines healing from surgery, grief

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seated at his office in Beverly Hills, Ben Mittleman, 57, doesn't have a trace of gray in his sandy-brown hair. He says his mother used to kid him that he must have had a "facelift or something," but despite the fact that this veteran TV actor turned director-producer looks 10 years...
  • Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 8

    (CONCERT)
    pick gifFor many Israelis, Shalom Hanoch (photo, above) is a living musical legend along the lines of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. The silver-haired, 60-something musician is widely credited as a founder of Israeli rock and has created a prolific body of work...
  • Movies: ‘Chicago 10’ finds modern parallels to 1968 trial

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "I have a strong kinship with Abbie Hoffman," admitted Brett Morgen, writer and director of the semidocumentary film, "Chicago 10." "I haven't seen anyone in my lifetime that spoke to me the way he did."

    Hoffman, for those too young to remember, was a civil rights activist and...

  • How the West was funny

    By Tom Tugend

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    We haven't kept up with Ari Sandel since the nice Jewish boy from Calabasas came out of nowhere last year to win an Oscar for his hilarious short film "West Bank Story."

    Sandel, now a mature 33, shot the film about rival Israeli and Palestinian falafel stand owners while a student at...

  • Film shows Down syndrome no obstacle to prayer

    By Rebecca Wolfson

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Lior Liebling davens everywhere: in the backyard, in school and on the swing set. Some congregants at his synagogue, Mishkan Shalom of Mount Arie, Pa., call him the "little rebbe."

    "The Zohar tells stories of miracle children who were spiritual geniuses," one synagogue member said....

  • PBS documents struggles and successes of U.S. Jewry

    By Tom Tugend

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish life in North America was nearly aborted before birth when the governor of New Amsterdam sought to expel 23 Brazilian Jews, who landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1654.

    In a petition to his superiors at the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant urged...

  • Sad encounter prompts sex trafficking docudrama

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The inspiration for "Holly," a docudrama about child sex-trafficking, came as Israeli-born producer Guy Jacobson inadvertently wandered into a notorious red light district in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh five years ago.

    "It was a dusty street like any other, but suddenly, I...

  • Local diabetes fighter goes global with Discovery Health Channel documentary

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Francine Kaufman has seen the incidence of diabetes skyrocket in the last 30 years. The pediatric endocrinologist is director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and she says the disease's local increase is part of a worldwide...
  • Yiddish theater documentary opens, thanks to WWW

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    The trailer
    For independent filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus, making "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" was the easy part; booking the documentary into a commercial venue where people could see it was the real struggle.

    After two years of rebuffs, the director and producer of...

  • Films: Romantic triangle survives in the midst of hell

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," Jack Polak says. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend, and, believe me, it wasn't easy."

    This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in...

  • Books: ‘Primo Levi’s Journey’ traces the path of a survivor

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Primo Levi's Journey" defies neat categorization. It's part travelogue, part Holocaust remembrance, part philosophical reflection.

    The documentary's roots lie in the Italian Jewish writer's long journey after his liberation in January 1945, from Auschwitz to his hometown of Turin on...

  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

  • Six activists illuminate ‘Darfur Now’ documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    'Darfur Now' trailer
    While the Darfur crisis enters its fifth year, the American Jewish Committee and Warner Independent Pictures have taken a lead in raising awareness of and combating the genocide in the Western Sudan region, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed...
  • Film: Germans react to Wehrmacht atrocities

    By Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Most Germans today will acknowledge the wartime atrocities of Hitler's Waffen SS units, but many insist that the regular army Wehrmacht soldiers fought and behaved honorably.

    It's not difficult to understand the rationale. In the light of overwhelming evidence, Germans, like...

  • Jimmy Carter hatred is alive in Iranian L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The September release of a new documentary that follows Jimmy Carter on tour for his controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," has reignited the longstanding animosity many Iranian Americans feel toward the former U.S. president.

    The film, "Man From Plains", reveals the...

  • Film: Child prodigy documentary spotlights director’s ethical struggle

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Amir Bar-Lev began his documentary, "My Kid Could Paint That," after he tired of creating television programs about pop culture for networks such as VH-1. He had previously won six international awards for his debut feature-length film, "Fighter," a portrait of two Holocaust...
  • ‘Europa’ docupic tracks Nazi looting and the fate of art masterworks

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Nazi regime was not only the world's greatest murderer, but the biggest thief as well. High on the list of loot were Europe's master paintings and sculptures, with failed artist Adolf Hitler and his avaricious henchman, Hermann Goering, personally spearheading the plunder.

    More...

  • Religious riot act, deaf in Africa, small sculptures, kid paint

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Tissa Hami is a Muslim Iranian American comic. Her blog profile says, "People who disapprove of her act will be taken hostage." Chad Lehrman is as Jewish as gefilte fish: He's geeky and meeky, eats bagels, sells insurance and is in show business. Lifelong Hindu Tapan Trivedi...

  • TV: Shoah makes searing mark in Ken Burns WWII documentary

    By Steven Rosen

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ken Burns knew from the start that he didn't want his seven-episode, 14 1/2-hour documentary on World War II to be associated with any notion of "The Good War." And yet in its final episode, as now elderly ex-GIs recount the lessons learned from liberating German concentration camps,...
  • God’s Warriors

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is there an Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment?

    If so, I nominate CNN's three-part series, "God's Warriors," hosted or read or fronted -- but certainly not reported - by Christiane Amanpour. The investigation - their claim - into radicals of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

  • Documentary: Sao Paolo nightmare gives lesson in class warfare

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In "Manda Bala," Jason Kohn's nightmarish documentary of Brazil, a young woman describes how a "secret admirer" kept phoning her home in Sao Paolo. But when she went to meet him, she found the flattery was a ruse to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. She was chained inside a box,...
  • Documentary shows ‘Blood and Tears’ of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Isidore Rosmarin is a brave, or foolhardy, documentary filmmaker. In "Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict," he has attempted to encapsulate, without fear or favor, the relationship between the two peoples -- from biblical times to the present -- all within 73 minutes....
  • Feisty, prolific SF author Harlan Ellison bares ‘Sharp Teeth’ in bio-pic

    By Pat Sierchio

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The first question in the book "Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism" asks "Can one doubt God's existence and still be a good Jew?" Ask author Harlan Ellison and he'll tell you that for him the answer is 'yes.'

    "It stems from and resonates with my blood and bones and gristle." The...

  • New film foams with the soap story of Dr. Bronner

    By Ben Ehrlich

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Emanuel Bronner, creator of the company Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, was not your typical boardroom suit.

    Third-generation soap-maker, escaped mental patient and son of Orthodox Jews and Holocaust victims, Bronner, who died in 1997, is the subject of a new documentary, "Dr. Bronner's...
  • The all-too-brief life of American Israeli hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Tisha B'av 2006, a lone soldier was laid to rest in Jerusalem's Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery, the first paratrooper and the only American Israeli to be killed in combat during the conflict that became known as the Second Lebanon War.

    In a new documentary, "A Hero in Heaven,"...

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