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  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Mourning Paul and Seffy, lighting up Africa, changing the UN and more -This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 9, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    Goodbye, Seffy

    Only a week after Israeli lost one of its greatest musicians, Arik Einstein, we all said goodbye to one our greatest comedians. Israeli actor and comedian Yosef (Seffy) Rivlin died Tuesday at the age of 66. Rivlin, who battled cancer for many years and even lost...

  • Holiday preview calendar

    By Laura Donney

    November 25, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    MON | DEC 2

    HA HA Hanukkah

    If you like to laugh and hear happy Chanukah songs, then this is the show for you. It will be a special night of funny people, including Stephanie Blum, Jimmy Brogan and Mark Schiff. Hosted by Kenny Ellis, who has long made it a mission to marry the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

    Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, thousands of athletes rocked to the tunes of Israeli bands and singers, including Ivri Lider,...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 2, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Halahaka ("The Troupe") is a 1978 musical film by Avi Nesher, starring Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Gali Atari, Dafna Armoni and more. This must see Israeli film tells the story of an IDF singing group in the late 60's. It was the time when soldiers/singers were the...

  • Spamalot

    By Joy Bennett

    July 9, 2013 | 9:27 pm

    Recently we went to see Spamalot at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica, CA.  It was delightful!  Well acted, sung and with perfect comic grace, it was a most enjoyable afternoon.  The actors playing King Arthur, the Lady of the Lake and Patsy were particularly excellent. ...
  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    A 1500 year old mosaic discovered in Israel

    Israel is a place full of history. In thousands of years, many nations, tribes and empires of many cultures settled here, built and ruined, and left many discoveries to be found. With time, more and more beautiful memories are being...

  • Joan Rivers and the consequences of Holocaust jokes on broadcast television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2013 | 11:08 am

    On the February 25th episode of the E! Entertainment's  television show "Fashion Police", comedian Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's Academy Awards dress, saying: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”  The Anti-Defamation...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 21, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    This weekend, I invite you to enjoy the music of Uzi Hitman: singer, sonwriter and an Israeli television personality. Hitman's music is a milestone in Israeli culture. With his music, Hitman raised a generation of children, including myself, and touched the hearts of many adults....

  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November...

  • Fall Films: Identity crises, controversy, conflict, creativity and chicanery

    September 10, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    A careful search has uncovered a small treasure trove of unusual and provocative films slated for release this fall.

    Two of these focus on the crisis of identity experienced by unsuspecting young men who suddenly discover they have Jewish roots.

    In “The Other Son,” by...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Dark night: The dangers of movie violence

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 25, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    No one foresaw that a more sinister evil than the fictional Bane would appear at a screening of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    But, in fact, the violent entertainment became a violent event when, on July 20, a masked marauder entered a movie theater and...

  • Discovering the magic behind the music of Alen G.

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 22, 2012 | 9:55 am

    He is the never ending musician, a perfectionist, the quintessential showman and entertainer with perhaps two of the most sought after musical bands in Southern California’s Iranian American community today. Alen Nazarian, popularly known to fans by his stage name of “Alen G.”,...

  • Dog ‘Guru’ Justin Silver puts owners on tight leash [SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2012 | 10:14 am

    When it comes to canines going to the dogs, trainer Justin Silver has seen it all: the pooch whose owner treated it like a baby, complete with diaper changes; the bulldog named Beefy who refused to take a walk unless he was schlepped down the street on a skateboard; the modeling...

  • Dog ‘Guru’ Justin Silver puts owners on tight leash

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2012 | 10:11 am

    When it comes to canines going to the dogs, trainer Justin Silver has seen it all: the pooch whose owner treated it like a baby, complete with diaper changes; the bulldog named Beefy who refused to take a walk unless he was schlepped down the street on a skateboard; the modeling...

  • Slatkin's last stand at the Bowl?

    By Rick Schultz

    June 13, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Maybe it was his heart attack during a concert in Rotterdam in 2009, or perhaps it’s just a matter of aging, but conductor Leonard Slatkin, a venerable fixture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for many years, is now thinking about summer as vacation time.

    ...
  • Pickin’ up good vibrations, Tibetan-Israeli style

    May 30, 2012 | 11:02 am

    In Jerusalem, where the cacophony of Hebrew, church bells and the muezzin fill the air, the hum of Tibetan bowls isn’t exactly a familiar sound. But its healing applications are gaining interest, thanks to a devoted Israeli practitioner.

    A dozen years ago, a sabra named Avraham...

  • Self-Love for Y-Love

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 23, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Self-actualization can be such a drag.

    Just ask the African-American “ex-Chasidic” rapper Yitz Jordan, known to fans as Y-Love, whose religious journey clashed with his human journey when routine bouts of racism and homophobia dented his dignity.

    One time, while praying at the...

  • TV for dogs reaches prime time

    May 8, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Bark if you love DogTV.

    The new made-in-Israel U.S. cable channel is scientifically programmed to keep pooches stimulated, happy and comforted when they’re home alone.

    When dogs are left alone, they can get depressed, lose their appetite and their desire to play, says DogTV CEO...

  • News flash!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2012 | 11:03 am

    News flash! This was a news flesh a year ago!

    When I have days off, I enjoy watching the Ellen DeGeneres show. An hour of tons of fun and zero worries. Several weeks ago I had a day off, so I turned on the T.V. for some DeGeneres time. It was one of the 12 Days of giveaway shows in...

  • This week in power: Florida, Newt, German anti-Semitism, Kosher Jesus

    By Danny Groner

    January 26, 2012 | 4:13 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Florida factors in
    “How Florida Jews cast their ballots January 31 is actually serious business,” said The Jewish Daily Forward in a preview piece for next week’s primary. “After all, the...

  • Gloria Allred: Happy, high-powered, alone

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 20, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Gloria Allred, arguably the most high-powered, high-profile female attorney in the country, famous for representing wronged (and sometimes wrongful) women, is the subject of an L.A. Magazine profile this month.

    Hers is a complex portrait. She built her legal career as an...

  • This week in power: Iowa, Bibi’s year, Beit Shemesh followup, Fox poll

    By Danny Groner

    January 5, 2012 | 4:31 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Iowa caucus
    Everyone was paying attention to Iowa on Tuesday as the Republican candidates vied for votes, resulting in a close contest that left three strong contenders: Mitt Romney, Rick...

  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

  • Klezmer music radical. Can it be? About Daniel Kahn

    December 13, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    yes wasn’t it miserable wasn’t it grand

    when the world had an iron divide

    and people could take a political stand

    just by singing a song for the opposite side

    now nobody cares who you are anymore

    and nobody cares what you say

    it’s liberty’s curse

    but was it really much worse

    ...
  • This week in power: RJC, Ron Paul, Panetta, Israeli ad

    By Danny Groner

    December 8, 2011 | 4:25 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    GOP candidates on Israel
    Republican presidential hopefuls gave speeches in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition during which time each of them tried to show themselves as the best...

  • This week in power: 2012 election, Egypt, Stripsearch, Kobe Bryant

    By Danny Groner

    December 1, 2011 | 4:23 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Eying the election
    With Rep. Barney Frank, a popular Jewish politician for the past 30 days, announcing he intends to step down, the focus again turns to next year’s elections. “Democrats...

  • This week in power: Egypt, Kibbutz, Jewish vote, Billboard

    By Danny Groner

    November 24, 2011 | 4:07 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Egypt’s uprising
    More fighting between police and protesters in Egypt has some people feeling uneasy. “Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel has always been hated by the masses. This is...

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