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  • When a mother dies

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

    On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted, is holding her baby up to her cheek and looking out, almost heavenward. Their faces are...

  • Founder of L.A. Kabbalah Centre dies

    By Ryan Torok

    September 17, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Rabbi Philip Berg, founder of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles and a spiritual adviser to A-list celebrities such as Madonna, has died, according to an announcement made on the Kabbalah Centre’s Web site on Sept. 16.

    “Today we believe the Rav has begun to share with us from...

  • Rabbi Philip Berg, Kabbalah teacher for A-list celebs, dies at 84

    September 17, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Rabbi Philip Berg, who brought the teachings of Kabbalah to a celebrity following that included Madonna and Britney Spears, has died.

    Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, died Monday at a hospital in that city. He had been ill since suffering a stroke in 2004....

  • Madonna top-earning celebrity trumping Spielberg, Forbes says

    August 27, 2013 | 11:11 am

    She's still the Material Girl.

    Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated $125 million in the past year, mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing,...

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  • Madonna’s son becomes a man

    July 16, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Madonna reunited with her ex-husband and director Guy Ritchie to celebrate their son Rocco’s bar mitzvah on Saturday. The coming-of-age celebration took place at The Kabbalah Centre in New York and included a small gathering the previous night. Madonna has been known for her...

  • Celebrity Schadenfreude: Hating on the stars

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 11, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    On the flight back from a recent trip to Italy, I took a slight flight risk and decided to watch Madonna’s critically maligned movie “W.E.”  Since I had not heard a single positive thing about it (save for Andrea Riseborough’s performance as Wallis Simpson) I was not...

  • Celebrity Schadenfreude: Hating on the stars

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2012 | 11:55 am

    On the flight back from a recent trip to Italy, I took a slight flight risk and decided to watch Madonna’s critically maligned movie “W.E.”  Since I had not heard a single positive thing about it (save for Andrea Riseborough’s performance as Wallis Simpson) I was not...

  • Madonna under fire as Israel concert draws heavy media flak [VIDEO]

    June 4, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    France’s far-right National Front is considering a lawsuit against Madonna over a video she used during her concert in Israel on Thursday night. The clip showed party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.

    While she performed the song “Nobody Knows Me” in Ramat Gan...

  • Madonna appeals for world peace at Israel concert

    June 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Launching her world tour in Israel, Madonna appealed for Middle East and world peace.

    “You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world,” she told 30,000 fans packed into Ramat Gan station.

    She said she chose Israel to launch her tour in order to spread her message of...

  • Kicking off tour, Madonna shows she’s no lady (Gaga)

    May 31, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Pop superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing peace on the Middle East even as she showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers.

    Madonna, 53, mixed hit songs over three decades in music with tunes from her...

  • Music moguls to artists: Don’t boycott Israel

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 25, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    On a recent Tuesday, a group of 30 leading music executives, talent agents and entertainment lawyers gathered for lunch in the downstairs conference room at the law offices of Ziffren Brittenham in Century City. Together, the group represents the likes of Lady Gaga, Celine Dion,...

  • Madonna to perform ‘Concert for Peace’ in Israel

    March 22, 2012 | 9:45 am

    International pop star Madonna, who will launch her upcoming world tour in Israel, has added a second concert date in Tel Aviv for a “Concert for Peace.”

    Madonna will perform at Ramat Gan Stadium near Tel Aviv on May 29 and May 31. The second date has been announced as a Concert for...

  • Don’t strike Iran before Madonna concert, Facebook page begs Bibi

    February 13, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    A new Facebook page is calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from striking Iran’s nuclear sites until after Madonna performs in Israel.

    A day after Madonna announced last week that she is launching her new world tour in Israel in support of her latest...

  • Madonna to begin world tour in Israel

    February 7, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Madonna will go on tour from May for the first time in three years, starting in Israel before moving on to Europe, with legs in South America and Australia, where she has not performed for 20 years, tour promotion company Live Nation said on Tuesday.

    The 2012 World Tour will be the...

  • Madonna and Moore lean on Kabbalah

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Madonna has been on the phone daily, consoling Demi Moore with “spiritual guidance” following the announcement of Moore’s upcoming divorce, Perez Hilton (PH) reports.

    PH says according to a “friend”, Madge is giving Moore messages of strength and encouragement, telling...

  • Mikveh time for Oprah?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Oprah still isn’t a member of the tribe, despite a visit to a Brooklyn Heights mikveh last week.

    JTA caught the eye of Jewish hopefuls last week with a title that suggested she was visiting the mikveh to mark the beginning of her new show. 

    “Oprah did not embrace the Jewish...

  • The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles under IRS investigation

    May 6, 2011 | 10:35 am

    For more information on the investigation visit jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew.

    The Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division.

    The probe reportedly also involves two charities that are connected with Madonna, the...

  • Wanna die happy? David Guetta’s Tel Aviv track

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 13, 2011 | 8:44 am

    This is too awesome not to be posted.

    And for kicks I’ll give you two Jewish connections (really, three):
    1) An Israeli introduced me to David Guetta the brilliant music mixologist whose father is of Moroccan Jewish descent—a lineage which, by the way, explains the enthusiastic presence of a Frenchman in a Tel Aviv nightclub. Israelis are seriously crazy for this guy.
    2) It’s Queen Esther! That’s gotta count for something. Kabbalah study apparently begets great music videos.

    Run with it, okay? And turn the volume up.

  • Madonna celebrates Purim in Charlie Chaplin costume

    By Lauren Bottner

    March 21, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    Be it Madonna or Esther, as she is known in her Kabbalah circles, Saturday night she answered only to Charlie Chaplin.

    Madonna celebrated Purim in New York City on March 19th in drag as Charlie Chaplin (TMZ has the photo).  Tipping her hat to the classic movie star, she donned a...

  • For top stars like Madonna, Israel gig becoming more common

    September 8, 2009 | 1:50 pm

    Madonna managed to sprinkle some of her fairy diva dust on Israel during her recent tour, calling the Jewish state the world’s “energy center,” wrapping herself in the flag on stage and even lighting Shabbat candles with Sara Netanayahu.

    Audiences, local promoters and officials are...

  • Madonna visits Western Wall

    September 2, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    Madonna made a late-night visit to the Western Wall. Accompanied by bodyguards, Madonna on Sunday night visited Judaism’s holiest site and toured the attached underground tunnels. Madonna arrived in Israel, accompanied by her children, for two concerts in Tel Aviv.

    The singer was scheduled to meet at the end of the week with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Madonna last visited Israel in 2006 for Yom Kippur, which she celebrated with 2,000 other kabbalah followers. She has not converted to Judaism.

  • Will Britney Become Jewish?  Has She?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    This week ABC News sent Twitter all atwitter with a photo of Britney Spears sporting a Star of David necklace.  Has the pop star, asked ABC, converted to Judaism?

    The comeback queen has had a variety of religious dabblings over the years, including Kabbalah and Hinduism, despite her...

  • Madonna, McCain & Hitler

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    Madonna is no stranger to provocation - it’s kinda what she does best.

    In her latest stunt, Queen Esther included a video montage in her world tour concert juxtaposing various political dictators: Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe…and John McCain?

    That last image ruffled a...

  • Joan Hyler’s condition stabilizes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 19, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    Hollywood talent manager Joan Hyler’s critical condition has stabilized, three days after she was struck by a car on the Pacific Coast Highway and nearly lost her life.

    Friends and family reporting through UCLA’s carepages have said that Hyler received numerous blood transfusions...

  • Kabbalah blamed for A-Rod marital breakup

    July 8, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A former trainer for Alex Rodriguez said the star ballplayer’s interest in kabbalah caused the break-up of his marriage.

    Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday in Miami saying the New York Yankee “emotionally abandoned” her.

    Trainer Dodd Romero told the...

  • Annapolis, Chanukah, Jerusalem, Not So Weird

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Annapolis and Jerusalem

    Last month, Rob Eshman wrote, "Many of us are willing to let half of Jerusalem go so that the idea of Jerusalem can be saved" ("Annapolis and Chanukah," Nov. 30). I'd like to respond with two points:

    First, if, God forbid, East Jerusalem were handed over to...
  • In defense of Madonna

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I interviewed Madonna in the early '90s. At the time I was the managing editor of "In Jerusalem," a weekend section of The Jerusalem Post. Madonna was in the 'hood as part of an influx of A-list pop stars who made a symbolic trek to the Holy Land to show support for the fledgling...
  • Briefs: Olmert numbers rise after mystery Syria raid, Bolton backs Iran attack

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Poll: Olmert Boosted by Syria Raid

    According to Tuesday's Yediot Achronot survey, 35 percent of Israelis rate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert performance as "good" following the reported Sept. 6 strike against a strategic military target in northern Syria. Sixty-three percent called...

  • Safed banking on Rosh Hashanah visitation by Madonna

    By Larry Luxner

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Madonna talks about the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Caution strong language
    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town (also spelled Tzfat) has been struggling economically since last year's war with Hezbollah.

    That's why local tourism...

  • VH-1 Declares Jews ‘So Jewtastic’

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It's official. According to VH-1, it is now hip to be Hebrew. The music television channel premieres "VH-1 All Access: So Jewtastic" on Dec. 19, making a case for the current trendiness of our tribe.

    From Madonna's rip-off of kabbalah to "The O.C.'s" dreamy Jew teen heartthrob Seth...

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