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  • Celebrity Schadenfreude: Hating on the stars

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 11, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    On the flight back from a recent trip to Italy, I took a slight flight risk and decided to watch Madonna’s critically maligned movie “W.E.”  Since I had not heard a single positive thing about it (save for Andrea Riseborough’s performance as Wallis Simpson) I was not...

  • ‘Mazel Tov’: Lifecycles of the rich and famous

    By Jay Firestone

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whether it's a powerfully uplifting ceremony, a wicked disco-themed party or a bagels-and-lox Sunday brunch, the b'nai mitzvah experience is a multifaceted event that has the potential to greatly affect a person's life.

    For one weekend, an acne-plagued kid is transformed into an...

  • Abstract eye follows Dali in film at LACMA

    By Tom Freudenheim

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Even by the standards of today's overheated art market, few artists have been as excessively hyped and overexposed as Salvador Dali (1904-1989). There are museums dedicated to his work in Florida and Spain, and in London you can "be transported into a world of melting clocks and...
  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

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  • Q & A With Studs Terkel

    By Ed Rampell

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Studs Terkel's newest book, "And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey" (The New Press, 2005), America's preeminent oral historian once again collects his conversations with celebrated people, as he did in his 1999 book, "The Spectator: Talk About Movies and Plays...

  • Famous and Jewish

    By Rob Eshman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Let us now praise famous Jews.

    Bless them, so smart or so accomplished, often both. It makes us swell with pride -- we can't help ourselves -- to learn that Gene Wilder is really Jerome Silberman. That Sarah Jessica Parker didn't have to undergo a reverse nose job to acquire her...

  • Tightrope of Life

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the days of communism's fierce grip on the Soviet Union, there lived a Chasidic Jew named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Days of Smiles, Days of Tears

    We know that Adar is a month of great joy. But there is one day, the 7th of Adar, which falls this year on March 18, when we take a small break from joy. On this day, Moses was born; he died on this day exactly 120 years later, but his burial...
  • Read All About It

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    At this moment, I have no idea if Jennifer Garner is having Ben Affleck's baby, who Hilary Swank is wearing to the Oscars or what brand of moisturizer Catherine Zeta Jones has shipped in from a nunnery in Peru.

    I am no longer binge reading. As of now, I'm out of touch with In...

  • Do I Know You?

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was headed into a pizza joint for a slice when I noticed a guy whose face looked eerily familiar. I couldn't place him but he gave me a subtle nod, frat-boy style.

    Just as I snapped my head back to make sure it actually was the dude from "Average Joe," he was craning his head...

  • Shrine of the Book Reopens Displays

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "A senator came to Israel as part of a mission to learn more about the country and the issues," recalled Herta Amir at a ceremony for the Israel Museum's honorary fellows on June 7. "This senator told me that finally she came to the Shrine of the Book. She stood right behind a little...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has written more than 60 books on Jewish spirituality, but he is most famous for his translation and commentary of the Babylonian Talmud, which made the complicated text accessible to millions of otherwise ignorant Jews.

    Recently, Steinsaltz turned his attention...

  • Jewish Wizard Takes Flight in New Potter Book

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are there Jews at Hogwarts? The world's most famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry might be muggle-free, but it is possible that it has an equal-opportunity policy for Jewish wizards.

    In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth of seven books in J.K. Rowling's...

  • Ozzy’s Father-in-Law Bails Out Synagogue

    By The Manchester Jewish Telegraph

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne's father-in-law has intervened in the Higher Crumpsall/Higher Broughton Synagogue row with the Synagogue Council to settle the shul's debt with a burial board.

    Manchester-born Don Arden (formerly Harry Levy), whose sister Eileen Somers is administrator of...

  • Star Stricken

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend is a star.

    Just when I thought he was securely fastened in my past, he is suddenly and jarringly in my present, whirring by me on the side of a bus, staring at me from the cover of TV Guide, cracking jokes on late night TV.

    In short, he is everywhere. As the host of a...

  • We Need You!

    By Mike Levy

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The famous musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which celebrates life and Jewish family tradition during turbulent times, is coming to town, and what better time than now?

    Originally written by Shalom Aleichem and turned into a film by Joseph Stein and Norman Jewison in 1971, "Fiddler"...

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