Revolutions spreading through the Middle East added timeliness and weight to the convening of three former secretaries of state by American Jewish University (AJU) on Monday evening, Feb. 28, at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, all active authors and advocates on the international scene, joined AJU President Robert Wexler onstage to agree on just about everything, and bicker over only a few matters.
Two former presidents will share the stage when American Jewish University’s (AJU) Public Lecture Series returns in early 2010. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are scheduled to appear together at Universal’s Gibson Amphitheatre on Feb. 22, the university announced Monday.
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Karl Rove spoke recently at The Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios for the second in this year's Public Lecture Series from American Jewish University (AJU).
There was one big question left unanswered when Tony Blair spoke last Monday evening at the opening of American Jewish University's (AJU) 2007 lecture series.
The way Jews in the Conejo Valley describe it, Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the propaganda proffered as academic discourse at the Goebel Senior Adult Center last month.
Shelley Berman is 80 years old and hot, hot, hot. When he cups his hand over the phone and yells to his wife: "Where am I this week, Sarah?" he's not having a senior moment. Fresh from playing Larry David's father on the HBO series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he's got bookings in Las Vegas, feature film shoots and network television tapings on top of his regular slate of teaching classes at USC. Shelley's current schedule would kill a person half his age, which is why, at 44, I'm functioning as his occasional producer, acolyte and coffee bringer ("Last time someone brought me hazelnut -- can't a person get an honest cup of coffee any more?") at 24th Street Theatre, where we're in the middle of a live Shelley Berman minifestival.
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Friends of Valley Cities JCC and Westside JCC: 7:30 p.m. Celebrity staged play reading of "Driving Miss Daisy"with Charlotte Rae, Charlie Robinson and Alan Blumenfeld. $12-$16. Valley Cities JCC, Sherman Oaks.
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Russia's Yiddish actors, playwrights and poets are some of the oft-forgotten victims of the 20th century's murderous Stalinist purges.
Irving Brecher, 91-year-old wannabe-stand-up comic, is nervous. The Doctors Emeritus Society of Cedars-Sinai is at the buffet in the Harvey Morse room, a conference hall where the old practitioners gather every month to hear specialists on subjects like pain control. Sometimes a marine biologist will discuss Darwin.
A- and B-listers do Brecht for a pricey cause tonight.
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I asked my long-time friend, "Are you a strict father?" "Not really," he said, "but I wouldn't let my daughter out for Halloween."
A public lecture by a visiting scholar on the UCLA campus usually doesn't make much of a ripple, but nearly all of the 1,800 seats in Royce Hall were taken and the atmosphere was electric when professor Edward W. Said stepped up to the lectern.
Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming
Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in Education.
Beware the Yiddish Culture Club's karma chameleon.
The Jewish community has always pushed marriage. So when it comes to divorce, it is understandable that resources in the Jewish world are
The following events are part of The Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys' Jewish Book Festival.
Two lecture series, one on biblical archaeology, the other on the beginnings of writing, will allow participants to escape the unruly present and explore the ancient world of 2,000 to 5,000 years ago.
First the House Un-American Activities Committee and then the fall of the U.S.S.R. Apparently, it's not easy being red.
On the lecture circuit, Bernat "Bernie" Rosner and Frederic "Fritz" Tubach make for an odd couple.
Rabbis to your corners. We want a clean fight, a fair fight, and no hitting below the beard. It's not the WWF Wrestling Smackdown -- it's the JSI rabbinical smackdown, brought to you live by the Jewish Studies Institute (JSI) Talkback Series.
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Mike Medavoy's quote on the back of his new book, "You're Only as Good as Your Next One" (Pocket Books), sums up what makes a successful producer or studio chief: "If I had a talent for anything, it was a talent for knowing who was talented." "It sums up what makes a good anything," Medavoy told The Journal. "If I weren't in this business, I probably would have been a teacher, which would have been fine."
A high-profile lecture series of top American and Israeli personalities is generating national attention and an unexpected financial bonanza. The university's continuing education arm is innovating new programs and drawing close to 10,000 participants. Enrollment in the young rabbinical school is running higher than anticipated.
The timing could not have been better.
When the California Museum of Ancient Art scheduled its lecture series on "The Archaeology of Ancient Israel" to begin Monday, May 14, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, it could not have known that Rabbi David Wolpe's Passover sermon touching on doubts about the historical accuracy of the Exodus story would spark a wave of local interest in Biblical archaeology.
We all hear rumblings about a global community, but a global schmooze? That's just what the Jewish Community Centers of North America, in conjunction with the 92nd Street Y in New York City, propose to execute. Starting on Sun., March 11, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles will host an innovative new lecture series through Kallah -- a program sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and supported by the Charles and Dora Mesnick Cultural Arts Fund -- by bringing such speakers as Alan Dershowitz, Elie Wiesel and Anne Roiphe to you live, via satellite. The lectures will be broadcast from the 92nd Street Y in New York City directly to JCCs across the nation, allowing participants to ask questions to their lecturers in real time for what is being termed a "virtual gathering."
This Sunday marks the eighth year that the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument in Pan Pacific Park will serve as the local centerpiece of the annual Worldwide Holocaust Memorial Day, in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered in Europe at the hands of the Nazi regime. Hosted this year by the Los Angeles Holocaust Memorial Monument Fund, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Second Generation, the Yom HaShoah gathering is expected to attract more than 2,500 people.
Barry Fisher, director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department crime laboratory, showed up in Jerusalem this week, invited by the Israeli Police Department to give a couple of lectures and the benefit of his 30 years' experience to the forensics people of the Jewish state. In a wood-paneled room at National Police Headquarters, along with about 25 Israeli police officers, I caught his second lecture, "Forensic Science After O.J. Simpson." (I will assume that, despite so many breathlessly absorbing high-profile murders and sex scandals since then, you still vaguely remember O.J. Simpson.)
Discussing Israel, Zionism and Peace.