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  • Calendar: January 18-24

    By Laura Donney

    January 15, 2014 | 10:09 am

    SAT | JAN 18

    PINCHAS ZUKERMAN

    The acclaimed violinist conducts one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious orchestras through some Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. Born in Tel Aviv, Zukerman trained at Juilliard before playing with the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York...

  • Jeremy Piven plays a self(ridge)-made man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 20, 2013 | 7:26 am

    Two minutes into a telephone interview, actor Jeremy Piven riffed on his Jewish background: “I grew up Reconstructionist, so my father used to joke that we prayed to ‘To whom it may concern,’ ” he said, then paused as if for a rim shot. “I’m waiting for the laugh to die down,” he...

  • Jewish version of ‘Downton Abbey’

    February 12, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    After numerous complaints about the hit PBS show “Downton Abbey” not having any Jewish characters, Downton makers Carnival Films has confirmed it is developing a similar show with a Jewish family, U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reports.

    The new show will be based on Francesca Segal’s...

  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

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  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

  • PBS’ Iranian-American Story

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 12, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Following more than three decades of Iranians flourishing in the United States, a documentary titled “The Iranian Americans” offers a nostalgic look at how tens of thousands of immigrants resettled in America following the 1979 revolution in Iran. It will air Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m....

  • Is cutting Big Bird kosher?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    When Governor Mitt Romney talked about ending funding for PBS – and Big Bird – during his first debate with President Obama, he was describing only one of the deep cuts in Romney-Ryan budget.

    But it’s not just Big Bird. And it hits us hard, at home, in the Jewish community.

    ...
  • Deconstructing David Geffen

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2012 | 10:46 am

    His mother called him King David.

    Perhaps that’s why, when David Geffen was profiled in GQ magazine in 1991, the writer suggested that, “he seemingly swaggered straight from the womb.”

    But from the start of Susan Lacy’s documentary “Inventing David Geffen,” airing in November...

  • David Geffen:  prickly and terse about his Judaism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    David Geffen, the notoriously press shy billionaire Hollywood mogul, stared at me as if I had asked him to yank out a tooth.  The setting was PBS’ summer 2012 press tour on July 22, where he was promoting the American Masters documentary, “Inventing David Geffen.” I queried how...

  • UCLA doctor focuses on children’s health In new PBS series

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    For the first time in U.S. history, the lifespans of today’s children will be shorter than those of their parents, thanks to the American way of unhealthy living.

    So predicts Dr. Richard Jackson, chair of UCLA’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, who warned in an...

  • Quest For Harmony On The Pearl River Delta (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

    Richard Bangs

    February 17, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Whether or not we name it, we all seek a balance between the moving parts of our lives. We strive for agreement between our physical and spiritual worlds. Yet, too often we find ourselves incapable of summoning this state of being. Why?

    There is a place whose people have been on a...

  • Learning about Craic with Richard Bangs

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 23, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Although my personal country count is over one hundred countries (by Traveler’s Century Club), I still have so many places to go on my list! For a long time, I have wanted to go to Iceland and Ireland (and Italy—George calls is my “I” List). When Richard Bangs spoke at our travel...

  • Realize Your Dreams! (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    September 24, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Join us in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm, for a travel evening to inspire you to “Realize Your Travel Dreams!” 

    This event is designed to give you the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and...

  • Shoah week on PBS

    April 2, 2010 | 10:38 am

    The Public Broadcasting Service will offer U.S. television viewers a concentrated history lesson during Holocaust Remembrance Week, with seven films and documentaries on Jewish death and defiance in the past and on the genocides of the present.

    Four main films will be aired in prime...

  • Film on Jerusalem Explores Beating Heart of 3 Faiths

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2009 | 4:11 am

    In a medieval German map of the then-known world, the continents of Europe, Africa and Asia resemble a three-leaf clover whose leaves fuse at the navel of the universe, the holy city of Jerusalem.

    PBS has adopted this concept and expanded it to a two-hour history lesson and...

  • PBS presents ‘God on Trial’ in Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2008 | 2:46 am

    The prosecutor reads the charges against God: murder, collaboration with the enemy, breach of contract with His chosen people.

    Setting: A barrack in Auschwitz, with some 20 Jewish prisoners, half of whom will be gassed in the morning.

    Time: evening, sometime during the Holocaust.

    So...

  • PBS documents struggles and successes of U.S. Jewry

    By Tom Tugend

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish life in North America was nearly aborted before birth when the governor of New Amsterdam sought to expel 23 Brazilian Jews, who landed at the southern tip of Manhattan in 1654.

    In a petition to his superiors at the Dutch West India Company in Amsterdam, Peter Stuyvesant urged...

  • PBS: ‘Los Angeles—Dream of A Different City’

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sick of traffic? Sick of smog? Sick of urban sprawl?

    Don't just complain about it. See what's being done to change it. On Jan. 11, KCET will air a Los Angeles-focused segment of its acclaimed series "Edens Lost & Found."

    This one-hour installment of the multipart series titled,...

  • PBS ‘Resurgence’ documentary explores reappearance of anti-Semitism

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," will discomfit viewers of all stripes.

    Airing Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. on KCET, the film will annoy those who believe that rising anti-Semitism is a myth fueled by Jewish paranoia and self-serving Jewish defense...

  • Israeli Producer’s Election-Day Risk

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's little more than a week to the airdate, March 28, and Ofra Bikel is still putting the final touches on her hourlong documentary, "Israel: The Unexpected Candidate."

    That's not like Bikel, a meticulous professional, described by critic Howard Rosenberg in the Los Angeles Times as...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday


    L'Chaim Theatre of USC goes about reshaping Shylock this week with "The Merchant." The modern retelling of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" takes place in 1932's post-Weimar Republic Germany. Alan Blumenfeld (who played Shylock in the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum's...

  • A ‘Shattered’ Portrait of Israel

    By Dennis Gura

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...

  • The Man Who Knows Too Much

    By Jonathan S. Tobin

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steve Emerson (Simon & Schuster, $26).

    It began by happenstance

    CNN reporter Steve Emerson was stuck in Oklahoma City on Christmas 1992 with nothing to do and wandered by the city's convention center, where a gathering of the...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
  • Straight Talk About Blacks and Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Issac Bitton meets Peter Noel, the man who saved his life during the Crown Heights riots.
    Among Jews, the subject of black-Jewish relations inevitably brings to the surface two impassioned, if not unrelated sentiments: a liberal nostalgia for the integrated social activism of days...
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