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  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Let’s Move, Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Let’s Move!, the campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States led by First Lady Michelle Obama, was announced in early 2010. One year later, Israel founded a similar program following the success of its American parallel, aimed to promote a more active and healthy way of...

  • What makes Rabbi Rick Jacobs tick?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2014 | 11:02 pm

    In December, 5,000 Jews from around the country gathered in San Diego for the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial conference. Overseeing it all was longtime pulpit rabbi-turned-URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. In these excerpts from an interview with the Journal, he talks...

  • ADL raps rapper Kanye West for ‘classic anti-Semitism’ [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League rapped rapper Kanye West over his off-the-cuff remarks in a radio interview that Jews and “oil people” are more well-connected than black people in general and President Obama in particular.

    “If the comments are true as reported, this is classic...

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  • Q&A with Mitch Albom

    November 19, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Mitch Albom has succeeded in striking an important chord in all of us — the intrinsic human desire to discover what lies beyond, the need to believe that the way we conduct our lives matters and that “the end is not the end,” after all, but another beginning. These intertwined...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • The Gospel according to Aslan [Q&A]

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Reza Aslan, author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” spoke with Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch by phone from Portland, Ore., where Aslan was part of a national book tour. This interview took place just a few days after Aslan’s...

  • Interview: Billy Crystal

    June 10, 2013 | 9:56 am

    When Billy Crystal was pitched a prequel to the Pixar hit "Monsters, Inc.," he didn't have to think twice about coming aboard. The first movie not only grossed $290 million, making it one of the biggest hits of Crystal's career, but playing walking eyeball Mike Wazowski was also...

  • Q&A with Israeli MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On March 12, Stav Shaffir, a first-time Knesset Member from the Labor Party, joined Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall. Despite threats from several Orthodox groups and attempted arrests by police, the group prayed. 

    Shaffir, 27, also led the national struggle for...

  • Interview: Former Blue Ron Garber

    By Jeremy Fine

    April 8, 2013 | 8:17 am

    On the eve of another end to March Madness, TGR wanted to do something special. So we caught up with former Michigan basketball player Ron Garber. Ron is a great guy and plays in my Temple of Aaron Sunday night basketball game in St. Paul. Besides throwing down two massive dunks...

  • Bassem Youssef Interview on CNN

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2013 | 9:46 am

  • New role for Moses

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 22, 2013 | 10:55 am

    For Passover this year, Rizzoli has just released “The Bronfman Haggadah,” written by the businessman, philanthropist and Jewish community leader Edgar Bronfman Sr., illustrated by artist Jan Aronson, who is also Bronfman’s wife. Unlike other haggadot, this version includes the...

  • Lance Armstrong and the disease of wild narcissism and ruthless ambition

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Lance Armstrong proved surprisingly poor at backpedaling. His stone-faced, reluctant regret made many who watched the interview wonder if this was an illness. Why did this man mow down associates, besmirch employees, lie, cheat and bully his way to the top of a sport he is now...

  • Is there a place in religious life for marijuana? Ask Yoseph Needelman

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    December 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    After graduating from a Modern Orthodox high school in New York, 30-year-old author Yoseph Needelman moved to Jerusalem to explore the use of marijuana in Jewish tradition. For eight years he bounced around religious institutions, interviewing spiritual leaders to find out if there...

  • Rita, on music and her roots [Q & A]

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 24, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    On Nov. 1, Israel’s most popular and enduring pop icon, Rita Yahan-Farouz, known the world over simply as Rita, will appear at UCLA’s Royce Hall, along with a special band assembled for this tour. She will perform songs from throughout her career, in Hebrew, as well as songs from...

  • The complexity of the “Gilad Shalit” issue

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Gilad Shalit is one of the most sensitive topics in the Israeli discussion. It is the one thing we all agree on, but also one of the many things we have a disagreement on. The only problem is, it is very hard to disagree on such a delicate issue.


    The moment he was taken, there...

  • Gilad Shalit’s first full interview

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 18, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    A year after his return home, Gilad Shalit gave his very first full interview about his time in captivity and the emotional return home. The documentary film: Gilad Shalit- In front of the camera, was created by Tal Goren and Tamar Pross, and was aired on the Israeli Channel 10, on...

  • Shalit gives first interview in Israel since release

    October 11, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Gilad Shalit in his first interview in Israel since his release spoke of how he passed the time in captivity and his sense of great "relief" upon being set free.

    Israel's Channel 10 played excerpts from the interview, undertaken near the first anniversary of Shalit's release by...

  • Netanyahu: ‘It’s not about elections in America, but centrifuges in Iran’

    September 19, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicates much of his time to thinking about how to handle the Iranian nuclear issue, considering it a rapidly approaching existential threat. Not surprisingly, it was also the main topic of a wide-ranging interview he gave with Israel Hayom before...

  • An interview with Ayelet Shaked

    August 15, 2012 | 11:17 am

    With the run-up to the first-ever internal primaries for the Jewish Home Party (Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi) in full steam, one of the most hotly discussed issues is the candidacy of 36-year old Ayelet Shaked.

    The co-founder and former chairman of the MyIsrael (Yisrael Sheli) national...

  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

  • Seth Rogen waltzes to a dramatic beat in new movie [Q & A]

    July 3, 2012 | 11:52 am

    He’s better known for big studio comedies like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”, but Seth Rogen strays from his beaten path when he stars in the low-budget comedy-drama “Take This Waltz.”

    Directed by Canadian actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley, and opening in U.S. theaters on Friday,...

  • Sacha Baron Cohen To Howard Stern: You inspired me [AUDIO]

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Sacha Baron Cohen spoke to Howard Stern Tuesday morning, not as Borat or Bruno or The Dictator, but as an even more elusive character: Sacha Baron Cohen.

    The British comedian famously refuses to do interviews out of character, even going so far as appearing at this year’s Academy...

  • There’s more than one way to support the Jewish state

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 25, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    In the landscape of American Jewish organizations, The New Israel Fund (NIF) has long occupied a prominent place on the left side of the aisle. Back in 1979, almost three decades before the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street was established, when Peter Beinart was still in...

  • Q&A with pastry chef Chris Hanmer

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 29, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    Award-winning pastry chef Chris Hanmer doesn’t let a little matzah meal scare him. Hanmer, who, in 2011, came in first in the second season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” has been pastry chef at catered Passover programs at Ritz-Carlton hotels in Lake Las Vegas, Nev., and...

  • Lisa is a L.E.A.N Traveler! (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 12, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Staying Fit and Lean

    Recently I was interviewed for L.E.A.N. Traveler about staying fit while traveling. I lost sixty pounds from when I first met George to when we got married!

    Here is part of the L.E.A.N. Traveler interview:

    What are your top three tips for staying lean while...

  • Interview: Eric Fishkin and the Staples Center

    By Jeremy Fine

    February 12, 2012 | 6:57 am

    TGR got a hot tip from Rabbi Erez Sherman, one of the TGR correspondents. Eric Fishkin has all the scoop on the Staples center from the Lakers, Clippers, and the Pac 12 Tournament. Its going to be an awesome Jewish heritage night. Bring your Purim masks!

    1. Tell TGR a little bit about...
  • Filmmaker Jolie feels the pain in making ‘Blood and Honey’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 22, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Angelina Jolie set aside plans for a surprise birthday present for her partner Brad Pitt’s 48th birthday as she stood to greet me with a smile: “I’m Angie.” Poised and approachable, and clad all in black, the Oscar-winning actress was at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood to...

  • US Rep. Giffords says she feels “pretty good”

    November 15, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Speaking on camera for the first time since she was shot in the head in January, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords said she feels “pretty good,” in an excerpt of an ABC interview shown on Thursday.

    Asked how she felt, Giffords answered, “Pretty good.” “It’s difficult,” she...

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