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  • Bagel Factory Wages

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    These days, the CEOs of Noah's New York Bagels andWestern Bagels may be getting less sleep at night, thanks to theBagel Factory.

    The kosher-certified chain, billing itself as"Simply The Best," threw down the gauntlet in the battle for bagelshop supremacy last month, opening it's...

  • Celebrating Israel’s50th

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • ‘Imagining Israel’

    By William Yelles

    April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Skirball Cultural Center, in association withthe Museum of Television and Radio, presents "Imagining Israel: American Visions," a film series of American-made movies and televisionprograms that aims to examine how Hollywood's vision of Israel hasevolved over the past half...

  • Jews, Movies and the American Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Writer-director-producer Simcha Jacobovici insists hisdocumentary debunks the myth that Jews control Hollywood.

    Right,Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures on a Hollywood set, circa 1940.

    It's perhaps not coincidental that the nightbefore the Academy Awards, you can catch a documentary...

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  • A Woman’s Voice

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    To explain the almost cult-like appeal of writerRichard Rodriguez, best known as an essayist on PBS' "News Hour withJim Lehrer," let's start with a story he told last weekend to anear-capacity crowd at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    "I was at lunch with some film producers the...

  • ‘Watts Side Story’

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month-old babywhen the phone rang at 5:45 a.m. and the caller answered a silentprayer: Ohayon's film, "Colors Straight Up," had been nominated asone of five documentary features in contention for an AcademyAward.

    The newly nominated director/producer...

  • A Cinematic Salute to Israel

    By William Yelles

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For the next five Tuesdays, Sephardic TempleTifereth Israel will commemorate Israel's 50 years of independence,with free screenings of films produced in the nation or celebratingmoments in its history. The series begins this week with "Hanna'sWar," the inspiring true story of Hanna...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

  • Film School in Two Days

    By William Yelles

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Film School in Two Days

    In one weekend instead of four years, Dov S-S Simensteaches future Hollywood hyphenators how to make their movies anddeals

    By William Yelles, Calendar Editor

    Dov S-S Simens teaches students the basics offilmmaking and marketing at his weekend seminar, below.

    ...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday ritual of schmoozing,skiing and screenings, better known as the Sundance FilmFestival.

    That's hardly big news in an industry with morethan a few Jewish members. What is news is that Jews were...

  • A Jewish New Wave

    By Harry Medved

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Israel: The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This was thestory that had everything: a suffering, underdog people, outnumberedand surrounded by enemies, old and new, battling insuperable odds totriumph in a desert they had made bloom. It was "Rocky" before"Rocky," and Hollywood knew a good story when they saw it.

    The strains...

  • A Final Resting Place?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Hollywood Memorial Park faces closure unless a buyercomes to the rescue

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi

    Hollywood Memorial Park is the cemetery of the stars, and rightnow it is starring in a cliffhanger of its own.

    At stake is whether the memorial park, whose...

  • Making a Noise

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, Jill Hill and Geoff Elliott in a scene from A NoiseWithin's production of "King Richard III." Top, co-founder ArtManke.

    In every other Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland movie, there came apoint when one or the other would pipe up with, "Hey, kids, let's puton a show," followed by a...

  • Beth Olam Cemetery

    By Shlomit Levy

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Beth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood, one of the most venerable and historical Jewish cemeteries in Southern California, is in danger of being abandoned and padlocked.

    Beth Olam is the Jewish section of Hollywood Memorial Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Gower St. It is in bankruptcy and...

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

    Aish HaTorah's guest list includes many of Hollywood'smost famous and influential players

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    Imagine that you follow a rainbow insearch of a pot of gold, only to discover that the rainbow ends inyour own back yard. Now...

  • Taking Their Case to Israel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

     

    Taking Their Case to Israel

    Southland rabbis are among a delegation voicing concernover the proposed conversion law

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Rabbi John Rosove.

    The urgent telephone call came on Monday, Oct. 20, for Rabbi JohnRosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood. A crisis was...

  • Music Man

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If you're of a certain vintage, the lyrics to "Day by Day," the memorable song from the legendary pop musical "Godspell," come fairly easily to mind -- even 30 years after the show's debut. But there is a strange and sweet irony to the fact that the songwriter of that show, in which...
  • Redemption, Hollywood Style

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Let me be direct and come to the point right off the mark:

    "Seven Years in Tibet," appropriately filmed in Argentina -- whereold Nazis go to be rehabilitated or to die, whichever comes first --is a turgid piece of filmmaking and as dishonest as, well, "TheDevil's Own," Brad Pitt's...

  • Telethon Time

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Previous telethon guests include (from top): Ann Jillian, Mayim Bialik, William Windom, Charles Durning, Fyvush Finkel, Sid Caeser and Jan Murray. Top right, Murray, who will also co-host the show with Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    Left to right: Jon Voight, Tony Danza, Charles Durning...

  • Chabad’s Big Bash

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's Big Bash

    The annual telethon offers a mix of celebrities,entertainment and appeals for necessary funds

    By Rob Eshman, Associate Editor

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin will once again be joined by JonVoight (left) and Jan Murray (right), at Chabad's annualtelethon. As sure as the...

  • From the Tube to the Big Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Veteran television writer/producer Saul Turteltaub had to wait 44 years for his first film credit, "For Roseanna," starring Mercedes Reuhl and Jean Reno.
    Saul Turteltaub, a name-brand television comedy writer and producer for 44 years, remembers submitting his first movie screenplay....

  • Descending into His Past

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Since actor Brad Pitt and his producers completed shooting the upcoming film "Seven Years in Tibet," they have made an embarrassing discovery: The hero of the movie, Austrian mountaineer, explorer and human rights activist Heinrich Harrer, was also a one-time member of Hitler's SA...
  • Summer Plays

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A visit to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum gives new meaning to the escapist concept of getting away from it all -- if only for an evening.

    Its newly renovated 299-seat amphitheater is terraced into the hillside of a rustic ravine along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. For picnickers,...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Susan Marilyn Block is a nice Jewish girl, who talks about sex on late-night cable TV.

    From Esther to... Dr. Suzy?

    She dresses up in lingerie that redefines the concept of negative space. She leers at the camera, uses various erotic, um, implements to demonstrate the paths to...

  • Too Hot Kitchen?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...

  • UP FRONT

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What do you get when you cross Hollywood, the Holocaust and Jewish communal fund-raising? Answer: Something exactly like last Wednesday night's Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    It was a deliriously effulgent affair, a symbol of the...

  • Lovers and Others

    By Diane Arieff

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tuck Milligan as Man and Tracey Ellis as Woman in "Swan Song," one of the short plays by Debbie Pearl in "Sex."
    Like the uneven romantic fortunes of a veteran dater, "Sex" plays like a series of disparate encounters that range from memorable to better-off-forgotten. Playwright...

  • Family Business

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    Seated, the late Max Laemmle, founder of the theater chain, with son Robert, left, and grandson Greg.
    Back in the heyday of the self-made Jewish movie moguls, the studios were, to a certain degree, family businesses. For Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and others, nepotism...

  • In Defense of Evil

    By Diane Arieff

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Collins (left) plays a legal secretary for Madonna Magee (right), who plays a Jewish attorney defending the free speech rights of a man who denies that the Holocaust took place, in "Denial," an Actors Alley production, at the Storefront Theatre in North Hollywood.


    In 'Denial,'...

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