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  • “Felix and Meira:” a rare portrayal of Chasidim as Human Beings

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    February 18, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    I recently saw the film “Felix and Meira” at the New York Jewish Film Festival. The film, which stars Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil and Luzer Twersky, tells the story of a married Chasidic woman who feels dissatisfied with the life she is leading and becomes involved with a...

  • Summer Sneaks calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2013 | 11:29 am

    SAT | JUNE 1


    More than 20 dramas, documentaries, comedies, foreign language films and shorts will be shown at seven venues from Thousand Oaks to Beverly Hills. Highlights at the eighth annual L.A. Jewish Film Festival include tonight’s...

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    By Elyse Glickman

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

  • Israel Film Festival and Hollywood: A match made in Heaven

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    By now it has become a celebrated fact that the Israeli creative industry is in the throes of a modern renaissance. This makes the annual Israel Film Festival — set to roll out the red carpet for its 27th year next March — a gift to Los Angeles and its two-week film program an...

  • August 11-17, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 8, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    SAT | AUG 11

    The Grammy-winning pop-rock icon played a series of sold-out shows at the Greek in the summer of 1972, which led to the multiplatinum double live album, “Hot August Night.” Forty years later, Diamond returns to the Greek stage to celebrate the anniversary...

  • August 3-10, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 1, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    SAT | AUG 4

    The ninth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival features the world premiere of composer Assaf Rinde’s “Meditation on a Sephardic Theme,” performed by guitarist Edward Trybek. Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin and pianist Jean-David...

  • Tribe Calendar: October 2011

    By  Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    September 16, 2011 | 1:33 pm


    Celebrate the season’s favorite gourd with rides and games; pie-eating and seed-spitting contests; pumpkin carving; food; entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (includes rides and games). Also on Sunday, Oct....

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’” David Oyelowo Stars in “Who Do You Love” at L.A. Jewish Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    The closing night film of the 2011 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, “Who Do You Love”—starring Alessandro Nivola and David Oyelowo (of the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)—will screen on May 12 at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino. It’s a biopic about Leonard Chess...

  • Israeli astronaut’s story highlights Jewish film fest

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival returns to town for the sixth year May 5-12 with a diverse menu of 26 feature movies, documentaries and shorts.

    “Our films are not just selected, they are chosen,” festival director Hilary Helstein said. Her picks cover such themes as...

  • The Shoah, Beit T’Shuvah, Clinton, Raphe and Szyk

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Shoah

    How incredibly written was The Jewish Journal editorial ("Genocide 2.0," May 2).
  • Circuit: LAJFF, Nimoy, Smart

    By Norma Zager

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Festival of Magen Davids

    The second annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) kicked off April 21 at the Writers' Guild of America Theatre in Beverly Hills with the world premiere of Hilary Helstein's "As Seen Through These Eyes." The Maya Angelou-narrated documentary looks at...
  • 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...
  • Lights, Camera, Ventura

    By Ivor Davis

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    While some Jewish film festivals around the country often use older films or films playing at nearby theaters, the Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will show five new films never seen in Ventura County -- as well as host their stars.

    The festival starts on March 10 at 7 p.m....

  • Viva la Cinema!

    By Corrie MacLaggan

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Veracruz, Mexico, there lived a group of people who for generations had avoided eating pork and lit candles on Friday night without knowing why. In the early 1980s, some members of the group discovered their Jewish roots and converted to Judaism, and now, 20 years later, are...