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  • In Krakow, night of the synagogues bolsters Jewish pride

    June 6, 2016 | 11:27 am

    For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow’s historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite – or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night mini-festival aimed at bolstering Jewish pride and promoting Jewish awareness among the public.


  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 20-26, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 11:47 am

    SAT OCT 20

    “Six Million and One”

    When Israeli documentary filmmaker David Fisher discovers the memoir of his late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria, Fisher decides to retrace his father’s footsteps. Realizing it’s unbearable to be...

  • The appraisal

    By Rob Eshman

    September 27, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Last April, just inside the entrance to the “Salute to Israel” Festival at Rancho Park, the National Council of Jewish Women set up a large tented area where it sold all sorts of secondhand items from its thrift stores: clothes, Judaica, kitchenware, art.

    I was rushing by when a...

  • Sept. 21-27

    By Ryan Torok

    September 19, 2012 | 10:49 am

    [SAT SEPT 22]

    “Wtf Live!” @ Riot 
    Marc Maron’s refreshingly honest — not to mention popular — podcast features one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Tonight, the stand-up comedian hosts “WTF With Marc Maron” before a live audience as part of...

  • Video: Israel celebrated at Rancho Park

    April 30, 2012 | 7:28 pm

  • West Bank shorts added to L.A. Israel Film Festival

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 21, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    In a small Israeli jail cell, a 17-year-old settler hears the air raid siren that signals the beginning of the Sabbath. From her pocket, she pulls out two travel-friendly candles. When the last of the matches in her small box breaks, her cellmate, a vegan left-wing activist who was...

  • Purim’s Gift

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    March 6, 2012 | 12:35 am

    I remember the Purim that fell during the year that I was mourning the loss of my father. Early on, I mentioned to my wife that I just wasn’t going to be in the mood to go to the Purim Seuda being held at shul, and she lovingly and generously offered to make a low-key Seudah at...

  • Tu B’Shevat fest branching out

    By Ryan Torok

    January 26, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    What do Grammy-winning band Ozomatli, tree planting and a bungee trampoline have in common? This year, they’ll all be part of a festival celebrating Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday of nature and abundance.

    On Jan. 29, Ozomatli, known for fusing Latin music with hip-hop and rock,...

  • Australian Jewish leaders ‘appalled’ by neo-Nazi festival

    January 10, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Jewish community leaders in Australia are appalled that a neo-Nazi music festival has been allowed to go ahead in Queensland.

    Jason Steinberg, president of the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies, said the Hammered Music Festival, scheduled for April in Brisbane, was “not...

  • How to build a Sukkah [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    October 12, 2011 | 5:30 pm

  • Von Trier questioned over Cannes ‘Hitler speech’

    October 6, 2011 | 11:07 am

    Director Lars von Trier was questioned by Danish police for saying at the Cannes Film Festival that he had sympathy for Hitler.

    Inciting racial hatred and justification of war crimes is illegal under French law.

    Von Trier said Wednesday in a statement released by his publicists...

  • Letters to the Editor: President Obama, Muslim Americans, Sarah Palin, Independence Day Festival

    May 24, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    Listen to President Obama

    It is ironic that Judea Pearl wrote this article on the eve of perhaps the worst foreign policy speech on Israel and the Middle East in American history (“Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge,” May 20). His phrase “Words Matter” tells it all....

  • Purim Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    March 15, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    MARCH 19

    Spotlight: Purim museum tour
    Sat. 1 p.m. and Sun 1 p.m. Free (does not include museum admission). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

    Purim Pandemonium 2011
    Sat. 4:30-10 p.m.  $25 (children’s wristband), $20...

  • Israel’s bad boy of cinema gets L.A. fest

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    “My country, Israel, is full of contradictions and volcanic eruptions. We fluctuate between extremes. One morning you say peace is at hand and all problems will be resolved. The next day, it’s the apocalypse.”

    The thumbnail description comes from Amos Gitai, who, more than any...

  • Remembering Woodstock: Max Said Yes!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 13, 2009 | 4:59 pm

    When Jewish dairy farmer Max Yasgur died in 1973, he became one of few non-musicians to receive a full-page obituary in Rolling Stone magazine. That’s because Yasgur said “yes” to organizers of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair 40 years ago this week, allowing half a million...

  • Sit, eat, stay a little while in the sukkah

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 15, 2008 | 11:08 pm

    We begin with a basic Hebrew language lesson.

    The blessing recited in the Sukkah -- "... le-shev ba-sukkah" -- does not mean "to sit in the sukkah." One of the most common mistakes on Sukkot happens when people enter a sukkah, stand during Kiddush and, immediately after pronouncing...

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    May 29, 2008 | 2:32 pm

  • Israeli films take a lead role at Cannes

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Against a backdrop of threatening skies, clearly not a metaphor for the future of Israel's film industry, two Israeli feature films premiered on May 15, opening day of the 61st Cannes Film Festival. And a short by Israeli student filmmaker Elad Keidan took first prize in the...
  • Israeli rapper Subliminal has built a music empire

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The first song Ya'akov Shimoni ever wrote was called, "Genesis." The lyrics -- in English, Hebrew and French -- were about pollution, global warming, Mother Earth and the destruction of Israel's natural resources. It was 1997 -- long before "An Inconvenient Truth" became a...
  • Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 1 - 7

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 1

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    From the 1940s to the 1960s, the famed "Borscht Belt" in the Catskill Mountains was the vacation destination for many middle-class Jews from Brooklyn and the Bronx. This is the social backdrop of Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg's "The American...
  • Lithuanian festival excludes Yiddish dancers

    By Jane Ulman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Next July 6, more than 1,000 Lithuanian folk dancers decked out in authentic woven costumes, representing close to 40 dance ensembles, will perform the windmill, the scarf dance and other traditional dances at the XIII Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, hosted for the first time in Los...
  • UJ’s Levy crafts confab to celebrate authors

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Considering that he's an educator, whose job description is heading up a university adult-ed program, you might not expect Gady Levy to be so ... well-connected. Yet here he is in his office at American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism), looking more the...
  • Prithee, art thou a Jew?

    By Adam Wills

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Oojam at last year's Ren Faire
    Click the BIG ARROW to play

    The women of Oojahm undulate on a makeshift stage of Oriental rugs at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire's main entrance. Peasants and beggars hoot and holler while perched on nearby bales of hay as the turban-clad drummers...
  • One (Independence) Day in the Valley

    By Amy Klein

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Guy Husany of Northridge with his sons Daniel, left, and Golan.
    Guy Husany with his sons Daniel and Golan
    Guy Husany came to America from Yaffo, Israel to help his parents. Five years ago he married Dorit (not pictured), and three years ago the couple gave birth to twins, Golan and Daniel.

    They came to the festival to...
  • Music, and fashion highlight Independence Day Festival

    By Adam Wills

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Click the BIG ARROW for The Moshav Band
    While there's no conflict with Mother's Day this year, organizers of the April 29 Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park are facing another challenge.

    The celebration of Israel's 59th year falls on the same day as Big Sunday, a...
  • Nextbook cuts wide swath in Jewish cultural world—from dot-org to real life

    By Saul Austerlitz

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just four years ago, Nextbook got its start as an organization committed to promoting public library programs dedicated to Jewish topics. In short order, the ever-evolving nonprofit has conquered a swath of territory in the contested realm of Jewish arts and ideas, steadily...
  • Curtain call; More holidays not on the calendar

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Curtain call

    Next year, a cool new festival is coming to Los Angeles -- and its focus is all about kids. The Festival of New American Musicals, coming in May 2008, brings Broadway to the West Coast with the premiere of musicals, like "Sarah, Plain and Tall" and an opera version of...

  • Interfaith and intercultural festival to benefit Darfur

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Craig Taubman hoped to draw maybe 5,000 people to last year's inaugural "Let My People Sing," a festival that featured basketball games, musical acts, stand-up comedy and a seder to benefit those living in Darfur. Much to his surprise, it attracted roughly 15,000 attendees and raised...
  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

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