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  • Class Notes: Book burning inspires book fair; Shalhevet scribes score; Rocket scientists among us

    By Julie G Fax

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From Book Fire to Book Fair

    The students at Milken Community High School's Middle School threw a massive book fair for 250 kids from Sylvan Park Elementary School, whom they've been tutoring through the KOREH L.A. reading preparedness program. The seventh- and eighth-graders created...
  • Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

    By Jane Ulman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most afternoons, you can find Eva Zeitlin Dobkin working. Undaunted by the 100-year marker she passed last month, she pulls her wheelchair up to the hospital bed in the room she shares at the Jewish Home for the Aging -- her side is separated by a curtain -- and spreads her work out...
  • City Voice: L.A. Times faces tough job

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    One day at lunch with a group of reporters and editors, Dave Laventhol, then the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, was musing that journalists had become elitist, separated from their communities, maybe even too educated.

    Was my bachelor's degree suddenly an encumbrance?

    "Is it...

  • An Unexpected Love

    By Marc Ballon

    June 29, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When I joined The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in late 2002 after 3 1/2 tumultuous years at the Los Angeles Times, I expected to stay at the paper a maximum of six months. My plan was to use The Journal as a safe haven while I hunted for a prestige magazine gig. After all, I...

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  • It’s Personal, It’s Family and It’s Me

    By Julie G Fax

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What was most surprising about the e-mail I got just a few months ago is that it came three years after the story ran.

    When the story I wrote on addictions -- particularly, sex addiction -- was first published in March 2003, the response was immediate and strong.

    Some people...

  • Perky Obit Girl

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My love of journalism started in high school, when I confronted the cafeteria manager at my public -- predominantly Jewish -- high school about why there was no matzah available during Passover. I've always loved keeping people informed, so journalism seemed like a natural career...

  • A Brutal Awakening

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is a hot August day, a steamy morning among the tree-lined streets in Granada Hills. I could be looking at the trees or the friendly rows of houses, but all I see is the parents.

    About 100 or so men and women are being held back by the police line that has been set up around the...

  • Risks, Rewards of the Jewish Angle

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism has its risks, as veteran newsman Daniel Schorr has pointed out.

    Addressing a Jewish audience in Los Angeles some years ago, Schorr recounted that his first professional job, in the mid-1930s, was as a correspondent with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in his native...

  • Why I Write Jewish

    By Jane Ulman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 25, 1997, my oldest son, Zachary, became a bar mitzvah, a ceremony that inaugurated him into the Jewish community as a responsible young adult. It also catapulted me into the world of Jewish journalism as a family columnist.

    Call it writing therapy. Call it black humor....

  • Publishing Perils

    By Yehuda Lev

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say what you will about journalism as a profession, you are never unemployed. Instead, you are "between assignments," a condition I found myself in during the early 1980s at the same time that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was preparing to launch its new Jewish...

  • A Little Respect

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism is a much-maligned enterprise -- it cries out like the late Rodney Dangerfield for respect.

    No one really admits to reading a Jewish newspaper. "It comes to my home," is what most people tell me. Or they claim to read it only when they can't get their hands on...

  • Why I Am Who I Am

    By Amy Klein

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I began my career in journalism at The Jerusalem Post, then the only English-language newspaper in Israel. It wasn't a Jewish newspaper per se; more than covering "Jewish news," its mission was to cover Israel as a country, and that included arts, business, science and technology,...

  • Shocking Discovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was cross when I arrived at The Jewish Journal on Oct. 9, 1986. I had earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University and had fantasized about becoming an arts writer (at least eventually) for, say, The New Yorker. Also, I was a bad Jew, having been turned off by...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Spectator - ‘Devil’ Is in the Details

    By Melanie Herschorn

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 New York Times best-selling novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," which hits theaters on June 30, follows recent college grad Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) as she takes on the dubious job of assistant to the editor-in-chief of the most prominent...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 27

    Artist (and wife of Albert) Kimberly Brooks ironically titles her rich, segmented oil portraits of women, "The Whole Story." Her exhibition of paintings of the female form closes today at Risk Press Gallery.

    11 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment, (Tues.-Sat.). 8533...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kudos for Kuh

    Los Angeles culinary expert Patric Kuh was honored recently in New York by the James Beard Foundation for his humanitarian efforts during the the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.

    Kuh won kudos in the Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique category for his work...

  • Spectator - Spin-Doctors of the Revolution

    By Steven Rosen

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Boynton, director of the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis," was excited when she first learned that American political consultants export their work globally.

    While a student at Columbia School of Journalism, she saw a film about the history of 20th century nonviolent...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Good as Guild

    Lunch and laughter was on the menu when The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild honored two pioneer workers for their service to the Guild and the community. Civic leaders Sooky Goldman, founding president, and Janet Salter, president for the past 10 years, were recipients of...

  • Oops…Our 20th

    By Rob Eshman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The news these days is gruesome, so it's difficult to feel celebratory. The brutal slaying of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew, by a gang of mostly Muslim anti-Semitic thugs in Paris; the fatal riots over a Danish cartoon; the death toll in Iraq -- no wonder I overlooked a sort of milestone...

  • Spectator - Anchorman in a Foreign ‘Land’

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 40 years, Chaim Yavin was the symbol of objective journalism in Israel, the figure people looked up to in time of crisis, despair or political change. As the anchorman of Channel One's IBA news, for years the only legal TV network operating in the Israeli media arena, Yavin was...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • Letters

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    We stand guilty as charged -- and we are proud of it.

    David Klinghoffer correctly notes ("In Defense of Jack Abramoff," Jan. 27) that Orthodox writers -- left, right, and center -- expressed their embarrassment about Jack Abramoff's behavior. Jews are meant to be...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Write Stuff

    From Nov. 13-15 in Toronto, college students are invited to attend Do the Write Thing, a conference on Jewish journalism held at the General Assembly, the annual gathering of machers in the Federation system and other Jewish organizations.

    Aside from participating...

  • Letters

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inner Sanctum

    Being a Mormon, I really liked your article "The Inner Sanctum" (Sept. 2), however, there is some information you received, that I am not sure you understood correctly. It's the question of "literal truth." While we do believe that the Book of Mormon is historically...

  • Letters

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families' Dreams

    I thought I was reading an excerpt from an Al Jazeera broadcast when I read "Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished" (June 24).

    The chattering liberals in Brentwood, donating funds for Nasrallah's new home, have long ago made common cause with the Israel...

  • The Optimist

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I needed two forms of picture ID to enter the Pentagon, but I only brought one. The journalism students I accompanied last week -- participants in Hillel's Spitzer Conference J-Track program -- all had driver's licenses and university identification. I faced multiple security...

  • Stay Tuned

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last October, a man called with a complaint. Before I could ask what was the matter, he launched into a tirade about a biased and

    inaccurate article. He said he couldn't believe a serious newspaper would print such lies. He was so angry, he was this close to canceling his...

  • Patriot Paranoia?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By chance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsored a program on the American Patriot Act just about the

    same time readers were beginning to get their copies of Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America."

    It was a perfect combination. The Patriot Act, hurriedly passed by Congress and...

  • Wandering BackInto the Fold

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew" by Neal Karlen (Touchstone, $23).

    Like Bob Dylan a decade before him, writer Neal Karlen turned up on Rabbi Manis Friedman's doorstep in St. Paul, Minn., in desperate search of his soul. It was three years ago that Karlen...

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