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  • Magician Max Maven Reads My Mind [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    I’m sitting across from Max Maven at a tiny table in the parlor at the Magic Castle, and Maven – a legend in the magic world – is reading my mind.  I’m staring at his third eye as he’s preparing to intuit exactly what I’ve drawn on a card tucked into a tiny envelope,...

  • Tribefest survey: Many attendees were federation first-timers [VIDEO]

    March 15, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    New data shows that Tribefest met its goal of drawing many federation first-timers to the recent Young Leadership conference in Las Vegas, federation officials said.

    “We’re not only satisfied, we’re thrilled,” said Joe Berkofsky, spokesman for the Jewish Federations of North...

  • TribeFest: Las Vegas 2011 - A VideoJew special report [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    March 9, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    It’s been a while since this many Jews partied in the desert.  Last time it happened, I believe the earth opened up and swallowed them alive.

    But TribeFest is a little different than golden calf worshipping, aside from the heavy dose of temptation…

    Here’s a VideoJew special report on the convention this past week.

  • My G-20 Jewish Homecoming

    By Jay Firestone

    September 24, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    This is my vacation…

    Visiting my parents in Pittsburgh, PA was the initial reason for taking such a long break between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  But when I realized my visit would coincide with the G-20 summit, I decided to act fast.

    Unfortunately I missed the deadline to...

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  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 11, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 12, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    Video by Jay Firestone

    Huge numbers gathered together in Westwood outside the Federal Building on Sunday afternoon, January 11 to support Israel and the recent actions against Hamas.  Among the supporters were several Jewish organizations, elected officials and community members...

  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 7, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 8, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    A pro-Israel rally in Westwood brings adults and teenagers together in ruach, advocacy and support for Israel. Though no counter protest was present, several pro-Palestinian rallies are expected to occur throughout the weekend. 

    Brad Greenberg reports from Westwood.

    Video By Jay Firestone and Brad Greenberg

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A.  #5—Jew vs. Wild

    November 3, 2008 | 7:04 pm

    VideoJew Jay Firestone goes native in this episode of VideoJew’s VideoGuide to Los Angeles

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 5 - Jew vs. Wild

    By Jay Firestone

    November 3, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    Volume V: Jew vs. Wild

    One of the main reasons I moved to Los Angeles was for the weather.  Unfortunately, it took me a few months before I really started taking advantage of the climate and outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, people watching, breathing, etc.  And of course, the common stereotype exists that Jews and the wilderness are not a match made in heaven.  But I traveled deep into the wild (Santa Monica pier and the Hollywood Hills) to prove that in the battle between Jews and the wild…Jews win.

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. # 4—The Hollywood Dream

    October 23, 2008 | 6:50 pm

    VideoJew Jay Firestone scrapes the phony tinsel off the facade of Tinsel Town and uncovers the real tinsel.  Mmmmm, tinsel!

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream

    This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew?  I talked to a professional in the business to find out.

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #3—Jewish Los Angeles

    October 16, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    Dining, shopping, living, praying—VideoJew Jay Firestone shows you how it’s done Los Angeles-style.

     

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 3 - Jewish L.A.

    By Jay Firestone

    October 16, 2008 | 4:43 pm

    Volume III: Jewish L.A.—Online Oct. 17

    With one of the largest Jewish populations in the country, Angelenos don’t hesitate to flaunt the city’s Jewish culture. Discover the exciting opportunities of the Jewish neighborhoods—from the butcher shop to a great place to buy a yarmulke.

    For a full schedule, click here.

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #2—Driving from here to there

    October 10, 2008 | 5:41 pm

    VideoJew Jay Firestone is back with the second ‘volume’ in his VideoGuide to L.A.  This week—driving.

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 2 - driving

    By Jay Firestone

    October 10, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    The other key to enjoying this city is, of course, your car. When I moved out West, I was a timid, passive driver. Now I’m aggressive, confident and, most importantly, mostly safe. Follow my tips and you’ll feel confident behind the wheel ... and you won’t even have to lift a finger, let alone “the finger.”

    Click here for a full schedule.

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #1—How to look like an Angeleno

    By Jay Firestone

    October 2, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    In this how-to style segment, JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone reveals the most important aspects of visiting Los Angeles: fitting in. Because nobody wants to look like an outsider or worse—a tourist—VideoJew teaches you the secrets of blending into the L.A. scene. And in no time, you’ll be wearing a T-shirt and flip-flops as you sip on a tall caffeinated beverage.

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 1 - looking the part

    By Jay Firestone

    October 2, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    In this how-to style segment, I reveal the most important aspects of visiting Los Angeles: fitting in. Because nobody wants to look like an outsider or worse—a tourist—I’ll teach you the secrets of blending into the L.A. scene. And in no time, you’ll be wearing a T-shirt and flip-flops as you sip on a tall caffeinated beverage.

    Click here for a full schedule.

  • The Fall Season: VideoJew’s VideoGuide to Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    September 25, 2008 | 1:48 am

    In the past year, under my online video persona, VideoJew, I've explored much of the Los Angeles Jewish community and shared it with the YouTube-viewing nation.

    You've seen me eating at a kosher Subway, playing mah-jongg and conducting a blind matzah taste test. But after a...
  • Exclusive VIDEO - Vigil at Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    One day before the scheduled opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Jewish World Watch (JWW) hosted a vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles to urge the Chinese government to act on behalf of Darfur.

    To read my full article at JewishJournal.com, click here.

     

  • Karate moms

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 1:02 pm

    This is hot.  But it’s also extremely scary.  As much as I’m in favor of the idea of self-defense, there’s something very disturbing about a class comprised solely of women (think Stepford Wives 2).  While every woman should learn self defense, do they all have to learn it...

  • The Daily Show ripped me off!

    By Jay Firestone

    August 6, 2008 | 8:07 pm

    I hate to start my blog off like this, but its necessary.  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart totally ripped me off. As many of the VideoJew watchers know, I’m a huge fan of the elderly Jewish scene.  I’ve learned Mah Jongg and even attended the 94th Annual Hadassah convention (see...

  • The Hadassah convention - VideoJew style

    By Jay Firestone

    July 17, 2008 | 4:42 pm

    The 94th annual Hadassah convention recently traveled to Los Angeles and JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone was all over it, like jelly on gefilte fish.

    To get a feel for the convention, VideoJew submerged himself in many of the activities.  On his journey, he made new friends and even visited with some old friends.  But does he find his ‘eshet chayil?’ 

    Watch and find out.  Your rabbi would want you to.

    Video by VideoJew Jay Firestone and the amazing VideoJew Assistant, Sari Thayer.

    VideoJew on Facebook

     

  • VideoJew does Hadassah

    By Jay Firestone

    July 17, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    The 94th annual Hadassah convention recently traveled to Los Angeles and JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone was all over it, like jelly on gefilte fish.

    To get a feel for the convention, VideoJew submerged himself in many of the activities.  On his journey, he made new friends and even visited with some old friends.  But does he find his ‘eshet chayil?’ 

    Watch and find out.  Your rabbi would want you to.

    Video by VideoJew Jay Firestone and the amazing VideoJew Assistant, Sari Thayer.

    VideoJew on Facebook

  • Coming soon to a blog near you—VideoJew returns

    By Jay Firestone

    July 15, 2008 | 7:16 pm

    VideoJew Jay Firestone leaps out of hibernation with this teaser.

     

  • My (early) ‘golden years’

    By Jay Firestone

    July 9, 2008 | 9:11 pm

    My nursing home is my mattress, my "stories" are Sunday morning football and my "meals-on-wheels" program is a delivery of Buffalo wings. At 24 years old, this is my retirement -- from teaching religious school.

    For the past nine years, I've devoted a portion of my week to educating...

  • The matzah challenge…VideoJew’s blind taste test

    By Jay Firestone

    April 10, 2008 | 10:23 am

    video by Jay Firestone


    Can you taste the difference between two different matzahs? 

    For some, it may be quite a feat to positively identify one matzah from another.  But I know that each matzah is unique in texture, flavor, scent and shape.

    Here are a few tips to follow, in...

  • Young Jewish male takes ‘crak’ at mah-jongg

    By Jay Firestone

    December 20, 2007 | 12:26 pm

    Sure, mah-jongg is a game classically known for its appeal to old Jewish women, but so is bingo and scrabble.  And I love those games, so why not mah-jongg? 

    But a 23-year-old nudnik playing mah-jongg?  I know, that’s almost as crazy of as an 83-year-old yenta playing Donkey Kong....

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 8: The great donut finale

    By Jay Firestone

    December 11, 2007 | 9:25 am

    Its been a long week, but now I can finally say that my life is complete, thanks to the Chabad of West Hills, the Chabad of Woodland Hills and the New JCC at Milken…and also about 300 donuts.


    Thanks for watching our Chanukah Special.  Check out JewishJournal.com for more great videos and inspiring articles. 

    HAPPY CHANUKAH!

  • VideoJew’s Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 6: The Melech of Rock and Roll

    By Jay Firestone

    December 9, 2007 | 8:11 am

    If you’ve ever wanted a Jewish Vegas wedding, this may be your lucky day - thanks Jelvis. 

    Celebrating the 6th night of chanukah with me, Jelvis lights up the show as the two of us say the blessings. 

  • VideoJew’s Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 5: Adam, the dreidel wiz

    By Jay Firestone

    December 8, 2007 | 11:23 am

    What’s Chanukah without a little dreidel? Better than mario kart or guitar hero, dreidel is not only fun, but its a game about equality…because it requires absolutely no skill at all - everyone’s on the same level.  I learned, however that the classic game can be pretty boring.  That’s why I sat down with Jewish Joural Senior Editor Adam Wills, a dreidel expert.  Together we learned basic play along with a new game…upside-down dreidel. 

    After the game, as always come light the Chanukah candles with us.

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 4: Gino

    By Jay Firestone

    December 7, 2007 | 8:38 am

    For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big Pico Blvd. fan.  The road…the lights…the people—all Jewish, for the most part.  That’s why I decided to light Day 4 of the Chanukah candles there.  But on a street with so much culture, it might be surprising to you that I chose to light...

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