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  • Class notes: Students attend ‘Israel High;’ Boychik Scouts; Honors abound

    By Julie G Fax

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shayna Gilbert agreed to humor her daughter by letting her apply to a high school program in Israel, thinking she wouldn't get in and the plan would never work.

    But this week, Noa Miriam Gilbert-McNabb is leaving for high school in Kfar Chabad through the Elite Academy, a program...

  • Books: Land of ‘Golden’ dreams and tarnished identities

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Jews at the turn of the last century wistfully spoke of the goldene medina (golden country), they meant just one place: America. The phrase evoked images of a land of "freedom, justice, opportunity -- and protection against pogroms," wrote Leo Rosten in his 1968 classic, "The...
  • ‘Golda’s Girls’ inspire, Riva’s 100th birthday, Maimonides in Manhattan

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'Golda' Girls

    To honor the spirit of Israel's most famous female, the Four Seasons Hotel rolled out the red carpet on May 3 for this year's Golda Meir Luncheon, sponsored by the Women's Division of State of Israel Bonds. Exemplifying the "Three Faces of Golda" were honorees Judy...

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    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Sworn in as Israel's President

    In his inauguration speech, Shimon Peres, a one-time Nobel Peace Prize-winner, said Israel must not forego any opportunity to make peace with its neighbors.

    Before Sunday evening's inauguration, held at the Knesset, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...

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  • Book Tour Blues

    By Gina Nahai

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Never again," I swear every time I'm on book tour. I'll never do this again, I don't care if I sell one book or 10 million, I'm not getting on another 6 a.m. flight out of an airport that's been closed for two days due to bad weather and is therefore mobbed now with livid...
  • Back to the future -- my trip to the Lower East Side

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Click on the photo name or PHOTO LINK for a description
    Photo slideshow by Rob Eshman



    "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in."

    I'm standing on the balcony of a boutique hotel in New York's Lower East Side, looking down on Orchard Street, having a "Godfather"...

  • Try main course hamantashen for a topsy-turvy day!

    By Jeff Nathan

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Chef Nathan prepares savory hamentaschen. Video courtesy JewishTVNetwork.com.

    So you know about Purim, right?

    I don't have to mention the big names here, like Queen Esther, her uncle Mordecai, the Persian King Ahasuerus and (get your groggers ready) Haman, the king's...

  • I was a teenage punk

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Recently I asked a 15-year-old boy what music he listened to. His answer: "No one you ever heard of." A perfect answer. Because what every fan needs, what every person should have, is music that is his own.

    Over the years, there's been a lot of music that has mattered to me. That...

  • Book reveals secrets from the Patriarchs of Punk: CBGBs was really Heebie Jeebies

    By Marc Ballon

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk," by Steven Lee Beeber (Chicago Review Press, $24.95).

    They were your mother's worst nightmare.

    They wore beat-up leather jackets and ripped jeans held together with safety pins. They spat out three-minute, buzz-saw...

  • ‘Zorro’s Bar Mitzvah’ documents the real rite of passage

    By Dinah Spritzer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the new Austrian film, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah," Jewish party documenter Andre describes the addictive nature of his video extravaganzas.

    "There are people in Israel with relatives who collect my films, not just of their family, any family," he explains from his audiovisual studio,...

  • A kosher steakhouse for BH? Well done!

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    New York's upscale The Prime Grill, coming to Beverly Hills this week, isn't your father's glatt kosher restaurant.

    For one thing, it's a high-end steak house that also specializes in sushi. For another, the management expects it to become a destination for high-powered meetings...

  • Music lovers get presents for composer Reich’s birthday

    By George Robinson

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sometime in the 1970s, composer Steve Reich found himself looking for spiritual sustenance.
     
    "Like many people in the '60s," he says, "I got involved in Hatha Yoga and Northern Buddhist meditation and Southern Buddhist meditation. It did a lot of good for a high-metabolism New...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 30th

    Funny Jewess Rita Rudner takes a break from her regular Vegas shtick to entertain us Angelenos this evening. Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre hosts the comedian before she returns to the City o' Sin for a new contract with Harrah's on Oct. 2.

    8 p.m. $65. 24255...
  • Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General post consult with U.S. Jewish leaders;

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General Post Consult With U.S. Jewish Leaders
     
    As the U.N. General Assembly opens, diplomats vying to be the world's top peacekeeper are taking time to consult with American Jewish leaders. At least three of the favored candidates to replace Kofi...
  • Now hear this: cool Jewish music

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The second annual Jewish Music Awards were given out on Sept. 11, before a sparse but enthusiastic crowd at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
     
    It was a big night for Pharoah's Daughter, with the band winning awards as Best Middle Eastern Blend and Best World Music Group....
  • Traveling with my father

    By Mark Schiff

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I found out my dad was dying of cancer, I spent a lot of time in New York with him and my mom, rather than in Los Angeles, where I was living at the time.
     
    One of the good things about being a road comic is you can live anywhere and book yourself out of wherever you are. Road...
  • Q & A With Russian Jewish Author Gary Shteyngart

    By Harry Wiland

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gary Shteyngart is a literary clown with a frown. His biting satire comments on a multi-cultural America in need of self-examination and reassessment.

    "Absurdistan" (Random House, $24.95), his extraordinary new novel, takes us on a no-holds-barred journey from post-communist Russia...

  • Living and Working [Il]legally in America—It’s Not Just for Latinos Anymore

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hardly a day goes by without some news about them -- the undocumented. Congress debates the issue of how to handle them, and pundits argue even as the number of illegal immigrants grows. Supposedly, there are more than 12 million of them in the United States. Thinking about them, we...

  • Spirit and Chocolate Top Temple Emanuel Installation

    By Norma Zager

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There was chocolate and music last week when Sue Brucker was installed as president of Temple Emanuel's board of directors at Shabbat Unplugged. Amid the singing and Shabbat rituals, Brucker was applauded for her talents as a leader, and her commitment and dedication to getting any...

  • ‘Nighthawks’ Scribe Brings Hopper Painting to Life

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Based upon Edward Hopper's famous painting of a late-night coffee shop on a desolate city street corner, Douglas Steinberg's new play, "Nighthawks," which is having its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater, features a painter who says only one word in the entire first act....

  • Pain and Pleasure and Guilt, Oh My!

    By Rob Eshman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Late last Saturday night, a thin strip of indoor/outdoor red carpet led from the parking lot of the Magic Castle in Hollywood to a small, close-ceiling function room behind the glamorous house of tricks.

    Inside, 100 or so young Jews gathered to celebrate the third issue of Guilt &...

  • Jewish, Muslim Filmmakers Team Up on Documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With all of the negative images about Jewish-Muslim clashes in the world, it is nice to see a documentary, directed and produced by a Jew and a Muslim, about a Muslim son taking over his father's slaughterhouse business in Queens, N.Y.

    "A Son's Sacrifice," which will be screened...

  • Search for Similarity in Aliyah Tales

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Aliya: Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel" by Liel Leibovitz (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    When the Pilgrims were making their way to the land that would become America, Liel Leibovitz's German ancestors were moving to the Holy Land. A cultural writer for...

  • Cultural Mix Inspires Revenge’s Warfield

    By Karla S. Blume

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Get out a pen and the map to Los Angeles. Now, draw a crooked line from the dense neighborhoods of South Central to the suburb-hubbub of North Hollywood. No, this is not a story about a Metro route but rather one about familial roots. Justin Warfield, the monotone-voiced, seductive...

  • A Step Into Secular

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chaim breezes into a diner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan clutching two huge shopping bags.

    "I got some clothes, this plaid shirt, two for $5, this leather jacket just $20," says Chaim, 19, in the clipped, Yiddish-accented English of the Chasidic world he comes from. "I didn't...

  • Wolpe Out of the Running

    By Amy Klein

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe has removed himself from consideration for the job of leading the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York. Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Westwood, had been widely considered a frontrunner for chancellor at JTS, the central institution in Conservative Judaism.

    But...

  • Q & A With Ismar Schorsch

    By Amy Klein

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York, will retire in June. In that role, he has been informally considered the closest thing that the Conservative movement has to a leader. Schorsch, 70, met with The Journal to assess his two decades...

  • Get Married Without Disowning Your Mom

    By Carin Davis

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Welcome to tonight's main event, bride-to-be vs. mother of the bride. These two lightweight champions are battling it out for the hostess title. Ladies, take your corners. Have a clean fight, a fair fight and no hitting below the garter belt.

    Many a wedding have lead to...

  • New Hadassah Chief Does Balancing Act

    By Carin Davis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a mother of two grown children, Morlie Hammer Levin knows the challenges of balancing family, career and spiritual life. But factor in the L.A. native's recent New York move, a high-pressure job with a high-profile organization and finding a new religious community and you have...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

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