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  • Books: The end of many things, but not of the Jews

    By Amy Klein

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "The End of the Jews: A Novel," by Adam Mansbach (Spiegel & Grau, $23.95).

    Adam Mansbach was at a "garish" family bar mitzvah with his grandfather some years back when somewhere between the bad '80s music and kitschy dance floor games, his grandfather turned to him and said...

  • Books: Brits behaving badly

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "When We Were Bad" by Charlotte Mendelson (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    As a wedding is about to begin in North London, all eyes are on the mother of the groom. Claudia Rubin is tall, beautiful, brainy and voluptuous, a celebrated rabbi who leads a large congregation. She's not...

  • A ‘Victory Garden’ grows (in Brooklyn) from writer’s fertile mind

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn" by Merrill Joan Gerber (Syracuse Univ. Press, 406 pages, $24.95)
    In the living room of novelist Merrill Joan Gerber's home in Sierra Madre is a harpsichord that is most often played by her husband, a retired Pasadena City College history professor....
  • From Golda to Carter—Jewish history’s heroes and villains get screen time

    By Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Six films from Europe and the United States with Jewish or Israeli themes will open in U.S. theaters during the last half of October, most dealing with the triumphs and tragedies of our recent 20th century history. They are discussed here in order of their opening dates.
    Over the...
  • God gets a rewrite:
    In the latest literary trend, authors fictionalize Jewish heroes

    By Amy Klein

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I started fumbling with the layer of my wedding robes, though my hands were trembling and I had a difficult time of it. Heber's amused expression quickly turned to exasperation, and he grabbed me, untied my embroidered hagora -- the sash that held my beautiful red wool kuttonet in...
  • The Talmud according to Bart Simpson

    By Aaron Freedman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    While attending a Jewish day school, Noah Gradofsky, a young fan of the long-running cartoon series, "The Simpsons," had a passing idea to turn an episode into a mock page of Talmud. Years later, in rabbinical school, Gradofsky first put the idea on paper or, more accurately, on a...
  • Want to hear a story?

    By Gina Nahai

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    So I'm at the Jewish Book Council's (JBC) open auditions, in the main sanctuary of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan, in the front row of the L-Z section of authors who have written a book with a Jewish theme and who would like to sell more than three...
  • Feminist ‘Scroll’ unfurled for Weisberg retrospective

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen years since it was last exhibited at the Spertus Museum in Chicago, Ruth Weisberg's "The Scroll," a 94-foot mixed-media painting that encompasses the Jewish feminist narrative in mural form, will be displayed at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of a mid-career...
  • The Next (book) conversation

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Can a conversation inspire a city? A people?

    Nextbook, an organization devoted to Jewish literature, culture and ideas (www.nextbook.org) came to L.A. last weekend, staging a full day festival at UCLA's MacGowan and Freud theaters called "Acting Jewish: Film, TV, Comedy, Music," the...
  • Curtains open on bigger and better Jewish Film Festival

    By George Robinson

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Click the BIG ARROW for the Festival trailer: 'Rosemary's Bubbaleh'
    Trying to encapsulate the Jewish experience in a single film is like pouring Lake Michigan into your bathtub. And it wouldn't be any easier with a dozen films. So you can forgive Hilary Helstein, the director of...
  • Childhood Echoes Onstage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The two voices began screaming inside Murray Mednick's head the minute he sat down to write a play some years ago. The characters were arguing viciously about money.

    They sounded alarmingly familiar.

    "I recognized my parents," said Mednick, founder of the Padua Hills Playwrights...

  • Mr. ‘Saturday Night’

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If there are two blockbuster motion pictures that stand as the defining pop-cultural phenomena of the 1970s, they are, arguably, "Star Wars" and "Saturday Night Fever." And while "Star Wars -- the Broadway Musical" is probably not as far-off as we may think, "Saturday Night Fever --...

  • Owing It All to Jerry

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Elon Gold is an Orthodox Jewish comedian whoplayed an offbeat Jewish guy from Long Island on the recent WBsitcom, "You're the One." Though the short-lived series wascancelled, Gold has plenty of Jewish-themed TV and even movieprojects in the works. During a recent conversation with...