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  • Top celebrity stories on JewishJournal.com

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 22, 2007 | 6:58 pm


    These five celebrity stories are the most popular on JewishJournal.com this week:


    *Jami Gertz 

    *Judd Apatow 

    *Larry Miller 

    *Michael Richards 

    *Matisyahu 

    These are in no particular order and I only used living celebs; dead people aren’t much fun.

    —Dennis Wilen

  • Tommywood - Crystal Clear

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Billy Crystal has something he wants to share with you.

    Crystal has had a diverse and varied career, with plenty of ups and downs, as a stand-up comic, a TV performer and a movie actor. On the one hand, he starred in "When Harry Met Sally," a movie that convinced many non-Jewish...

  • Mizrahi Music Travels West

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eitan Salman is at the far end of his store, leaning against a shelf lined with the new CD by Sarit Hadad, one of Israel's more popular Mizrahi, or Eastern, singers.

    Business at Salman's music store has fallen 80 percent over the last decade, but it's not altogether a bad thing:...

  • The Real Scoop Behind Ice Cream

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Ice cream was something my husband and I were hooked on," said Vicki Grossman, talking from New York Scoop in Woodland Hills, her newly opened modern reincarnation of an old-fashioned ice parlor. "It was something of a ritual -- we would take the family to Carvel at least once a...

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  • Is Indoor Play Good for Your Kids?

    By Adam Wills

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman was visiting with two other moms at Serrania Park in Woodland Hills on a spring day in 2002 when she noticed their children were talking to a man walking his dog on the other side of the park fence. She went over to see what was happening.

    "He said, 'How old are you...

  • A One-ManRevolution

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Soviet film schools banned Vladimir Alenikov due to anti-Semitism, he risked arrest to make his own movies in 1973. The director cold-called Soviet stars, who quickly signed on to his innovative projects. He bought leftover film stock, scavenged equipment, faked documents and...

  • A Desert High in Palm Springs

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While nearby flatlands warm under perfect 60-degree winter weather, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports visitors to a pristine snow-covered forest. In just 10 minutes, this aerial tram carries passengers nearly 6,000 feet. The beautiful 14,000 acres of Mount San Jacinto State...

  • Where the End Justifies the Beans

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Businessman Allen Gochnour is a regular at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega Boulevard, and like many of the people who wait in the line that often stretches out the door, he's not just there to grab a cup of java and run. Instead, the transplanted Pittsburgher hangs out to...

  • Jewish Wizard Takes Flight in New Potter Book

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are there Jews at Hogwarts? The world's most famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry might be muggle-free, but it is possible that it has an equal-opportunity policy for Jewish wizards.

    In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth of seven books in J.K. Rowling's...

  • Clay Feat

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It may have been a silent film, but Paul Wegener made an international noise with "Der Golem." The 1920 German Expressionist classic -- screening April 21 at the Skirball Cultural Center -- remains a popular incarnation of the Golem. But it was not the first, nor the last,...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • The Way of No Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Drawn in part by the recent movie, "Enough," in which actress Jennifer Lopez uses Krav Maga to even the score against an abusive husband, a long-established Orange County class in self-defense is seeing a jump in popularity.

    Sessions in the self-defense training developed for the...

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