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  • ‘Tov’ Gallops Onto Stage in Blend of Jewish History, Tradition, Dance

    March 16, 2010 | 5:08 pm

    Dancers simulating the behavior of horses gallop across the stage, stepping, prancing, tossing their heads as though shaking their manes.  Their performance is mixed with spoken text, music and vocals in “Tov,” a dramatic dance work by choreographer-director Rosanna Gamson...

  • Paper pieces for peace

    By Jay Firestone

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    An ancient Japanese legend holds that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. If three L.A.-area day schools were to get one, it might be for peace and understanding.

    Pasadena's Weizmann Jewish day school hosted an interfaith origami session on Tuesday, May...

  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

  • The fear of silence

    By David Suissa

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Robert Geminder was six years old when he heard the dogs barking. He was hiding in a little pantry with his older brother, George. His mother, Bertl, would always tell them to be extra quiet, because you never knew when "the soldiers" would show up.

    When the dogs got louder, he...

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  • ‘Pieces’ fall into place for Israeli actress

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "I long for the loss of memory," grieves Jakob, the central character in "Fugitive Pieces," a sensitive, at times wrenching, film based on the best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels and directed by her countryman, Jeremy Podeswa, the son of Holocaust survivors.

    But he is...

  • Movies: Polish drama explores Jewish-Catholic relations

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the black-and-white opening of "Forgiveness," a small, frightened girl runs through a foggy forest as dogs bark ominously in the distance.

    In the next scene, in color, a fashionably dressed American woman visits a cemetery and stops before a tombstone with a Star of David...

  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 26-May 2

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 26

    (FILM)
    Winner of the Camera d'Or prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, "Jellyfish" is another example of the remarkable cinematic explosion of Israeli films garnering critical acclaim at international film festivals. Written by Shira Geffen and directed by famed...
  • Black-Jewish Passover not about blame

    By J. David Sackman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am disturbed, not by the content, but by the direction, of the entire discussion regarding the relationship between blacks and Jews, and particularly by the discussion about comments supposedly made at a recent awards ceremony here in Los Angeles.

    I am Jewish, of European...

  • Theo for Jews in Poland, Italian seder, HIBM awareness

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Theodore Bikel Plugs Jewish Life in Poland

    Passionately devoted to the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, entertainer Theodore Bikel, accompanied by Tamara Brooks, performed an hour-long private concert of Yiddish, English and Hebrew songs to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Jewish...

  • Briefs: Rice pushes for renewed peace talks, U.N. votes new Iran sanctions

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Rice Pushes to Resume Peace Talks

    Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must resume, Condoleezza Rice said en route to the region.

    "Negotiations ought to resume as soon as possible," the U.S. secretary of state said Tuesday before beginning a troubleshooting trip to Israel and the...

  • Conference tackles thorny Jewish-Polish relationship

    By Jane Ulman

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In a groundbreaking collegial but hard-hitting conference sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, a slate of top scholars, public officials, diplomats and Polish Jewish community leaders met to discuss the controversial and complicated relationship of Poles and Jews.

    Titled...

  • Obituaries

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, 'A Rabbi's Rabbi, a Mensch's Mensch,' Dies at 93

    In a prayer for his ordination from the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in 1940, Wolfgang (Wolli) Kaelter wrote: "Grant us depth that we might understand, vision that we might see, and let us never become...

  • Not everyone forgot Jews in Shoah, Polish official says

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "During the Holocaust, not everyone abandoned the Jews. Not everyone forgot about you." So spoke Poland's Undersecretary of State Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, and her words were backed by the photos and stories of 21 surviving non-Jews from Poland recognized as Righteous Among the Nations...
  • A different attic’s holocaust secrets

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Hollander left the untold story of his life packed up in a suitcase, waiting to be found.

    His son, Richard Hollander, found the suitcase in the attic of his parents' Westchester house in 1986, after they were both killed in a tragic car accident. The younger Hollander...

  • Unearthing mass graves in Ukraine unveils history

    By Michael J. Jordan

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In May, Ukrainian workers laying a gas pipe in a southern village dug into a buried chamber of thousands of Jews killed during the Holocaust.

    That same month, a construction crew building a new office complex in western Ukraine burrowed into the corpses of several dozen more Jews....

  • My father, who was not a hero

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    My father always said he wasn't a hero. "All the heroes are dead," he used to say. He said he just did what he had to under the circumstances.

    My father was born in Rzeszow, Poland, as Benzion Teichholz (but he was also known as Bronislaw, Ben or Bernhard). His family later...
  • Not your father’s Poland

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



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  • Timeline: Jewish life in Poland from 1098

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Recently released color footage of the Warsaw Ghetto.WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
    1098: Information on Jews in Poland begins to appear in Polish chronicles

    1241: A new era of colonization in Poland begins and Jewish immigrants are sought

    1264: Polish Prince Boleslaus issues the Statute of...

  • Poland and the Jews:
    Is it time to stop hating the country when positive changes are transforming it?

    By Jane Ulman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Daniela and Kuba -- Jewish in Poland: Two Polish students describe how they came to be interested in Jewish life and culture. Is it time to stop hating Poland?

    Last summer, as Hezbollah rockets rained down on northern Israel, a group of 15 Israeli teenagers from Nahariya were...
  • 1+1+1+1 ... = 6 million

    By Nicole Behnam

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I will never really know what the Holocaust was, and neither will you. Words like hunger and fatigue are euphemisms for words that would have been born into our language if more survivors lived to tell stories of their intolerable suffering.

    No, the mounds of shoes or teeth or...
  • Rescuer and rescued reunion aids Polish talks on Shoah claims

    By Dinah Spritzer

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Arranging a reunion between a Jewish woman hidden during the Holocaust and her Catholic rescuer might have paid unseen dividends for Jewish organizations fighting a property restitution battle in Poland.

    A day after Jozefa Tracz Czekaj and Miriam Schmetterling saw each other for the...

  • Buddha in Auschwitz

    By Perry Garfinkel

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It sounds like the set-up for a politically incorrect joke: Did you hear the one about the journalist who began his journey in the Buddha's

    footsteps in Poland?

    The Buddha ("the awakened one") never stepped foot west of what is now India. I was on assignment for National Geographic...

  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Letters

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    March of Living Dead

    When I was interviewed about the March of the Living by Jane Ulman, I was assured that the resulting article would be both fair and balanced. Your cover story proved to be neither, giving an inaccurate and damaging picture of the March of the Living experiences...

  • Letters

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mixed on March

    The article in this week's Journal about Poland and the March of the Living was accurate, on target and, quite frankly, overdue ("March of the Living Dead?" April 21).

    For quite some time now I have been troubled by the misguided attempts of some in the Jewish...

  • Film Paints Picture of Witty Polish Artist

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was recently watching "When Do We Eat?" an otherwise forgettable movie about a disastrous Passover family reunion, when the setting of the seder table suddenly evoked some haunting memories.

    Sure enough, the credits noted that the scenes were based on illustrations from the late...

  • The Shadows of Another Time

    By Rachel Kadish

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before World War II, some 60,000 Jews lived in Krakow, Poland. More than 54,000 perished during the Holocaust and virtually no Jews remain there today. Writer Rachel Kadish, whose family once owned a hotel in the Tatra Mountains, journeyed to Poland in 1998 and again in 2001 to...

  • Jews in Poland Speak of Shoah Remembrance as a Curse

    By Jane Ulman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This tale is about two visions of Poland.

    In one, Poland is about pain and loss. It's the place where 3 million of a total population of 3.3 million Polish Jews perished in the Shoah, where Jews have nothing left, where indeed there are almost no Jews other than a few languishing,...

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