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  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

    4 days ago

    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • Argentine children of ‘Disappeared’ learn of Jewish parentage

    August 13, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    When Mariana Perez was a teenager, whenever she went out to dance and met a boy she liked, she would ask his age. If she was older than he was, she wouldn’t get involved, because there was a chance he might be her younger brother, one of the 500 babies abducted during Argentina’s...

  • Spanish towns plan mock wedding at Sukkot Judaica festival

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    Two Spanish towns are preparing a Judaica festival featuring a mock wedding to celebrate their lost Jewish heritage.

    The event, co-organized by non-Jews from San Juan and Rio Jerte in the province Extremadura in northwestern Spain, will also include a Judaica market and songs on...

  • What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    By Rebecca Spence

    May 17, 2013 | 11:06 am

    When I hear about the latest events in Israel – the air strikes on weapons facilities in Syria, the flare-ups over women donning prayer shawls at the Western Wall – I can’t help but wonder: What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    After all, she spent her young life fighting for...

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  • Managing Jewish Built Heritage Conference in Krakow—Opening will be live-streamed

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 22, 2013 | 2:23 am

    I've spent much of the past five or six months working on the organization of an international conference called Managing Jewish Immovable Heritage in Europe: A Working Seminar on Projects, Challenges and Strategic Thinking -- a three-day, invitation-only working seminar convened...

  • Married to Medicine – Toya’s Hitler Ignorance UPDATE

    By Ilana Angel

    April 15, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Married to Medicine is my favorite reality show.  These women are fabulous and entertaining.  Not always appealing as people, but still good television. This week however, Toya Harris crossed a line that requires me to forgive her ignorance, but I just can’t.  I think she owes me...

  • Obama to host 2nd Jewish heritage reception

    May 9, 2011 | 10:53 am

    President Obama will host another Jewish American Heritage Month reception, days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington.

    The White House announced plans for the May 17 reception on Monday. “The reception will highlight and celebrate the history and...

  • Scrolls for sale

    By Julie G Fax

    February 22, 2008 | 12:00 pm

    The calligraphy on the coffee-colored parchment is crisp and clear, with delicately ascending crowns adorning the Hebrew letters. But rather than being unfurled on a bima and read by a proud bar mitzvah boy, this water-stained fragment of a Torah scroll from Turkey -- thought to be...
  • Oscar nod for ‘Unsentimental’ Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "I am an unsentimental Jew. I am aware of our suffering, but I don't wallow in it," said Ronald Harwood, the British screenwriter, playwright and novelist.

    The self-appraisal seems odd for a man whose credits include two of the most penetrating screenplays probing the extremes of...

  • Hebrew course piques Iranian Jews’ interest

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "You teach me Persian, and I'll teach you Hebrew," quipped Rabbi Hillel Benchimol to the crowd. Nearly 150 Iranian Jews of various ages had gathered at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on Oct. 29 for the third session of a free five-week crash course in Hebrew.

    Also known as...

  • Theater: Davidson’s retirement leads to ‘Lessons’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Gordon Davidson is back where he belongs, in the director's chair.

    The man whose name is practically synonymous with Los Angeles theater, who raised the city's reputation from a provincial backwater to the breeding ground for innovative and controversial plays, retired in the summer...

  • Visiting Israel brings feeling of really coming home

    By Ariel Cohen

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer, I stepped off the plane and felt my feet touch the ground of our homeland for the first time. I was home. For 12 days in Israel, my family and I explored the land, went to museums and had a chance to connect with our spirituality and Judaism.

    This trip was...

  • Grunions

    By Rob Eshman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    The grunion were running last weekend, so I went down to the Venice Beach breakwater just before midnight to watch them mate. The sight of thousands of slim, silvery fish wiggling desperately out of the surf and struggling to spawn before the next wave crashed upon them made me...
  • Briefs

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat Across America Returns

    For Lynne Sturt Weintraub, Friday evening is the perfect time for friends and family to get together "and show warmth and love and find out what's going on in other people's lives," she said.

    Weintraub, president of Temple Beth Zion in West Los...

  • Falsely Imprisoned Man Files Claims

    By Adam Wills

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took a Long Beach Superior Court judge two minutes to free Thomas Lee Goldstein on April 2, releasing him after almost a quarter century behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. The white-haired former Marine from Kansas mourned a lifetime of missed opportunities.

    "I was 31 years...

  • Pulling Up Stakes

    By Buzzy Gordon

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For someone only in his 40s, actor-director Robby Benson already has had a busy career. He also has had his fill of Hollywood.

    Last month, the 47-year-old Benson sold his Los Angeles home and moved to Boone, N.C., where he has accepted a faculty position as artist-in-residence at...

  • Capturing Yiddish Theater

    By Tom Tugend

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dan Katzir saw the classic Yiddish play "Grine Felder" (Green Fields) in New York about three years ago, he was so moved that he cried at the end.

    That was an unusual emotional reaction for a self-possessed young sabra and a former lieutenant in the paratroops, the more so...

  • The Jewish Side of…

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    There was no red carpet or Hollywood glitz, but the first Jewish Image Awards, honoring outstanding work reflecting Jewish heritage in film and television, proved a lot shorter and funnier than the more celebrated Oscar ceremonies.

    Veteran director Arthur Hiller ("Love Story," "Plaza...

  • 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...

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