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August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pmOn Friday nights, when 13-year-old Michael Rothbart approaches Leo Baeck Temple for Shabbat services, he urges his parents to tune to 87.9 on their radio dial. He is hoping that Avram Mandell, Leo Baeck's educational director and the founding force behind the temple's very low-power...
July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Polka gets dotty at the Getty this evening with the last installment of the center's Summer Sessions series. "21st Century Roots" offers "roots music for the new millennium," in the form of three groups: Brave Combo, a polka ensemble that mixes music from Mexico,...
A- and B-listers do Brecht for a pricey cause tonight. The one-year anniversary of The Edgemar Cente
September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 2
A- and B-listers do Brecht for a pricey cause tonight. The one-year anniversary of The Edgemar Center for the Arts is occasion enough to bring out Jason Alexander, David Duchovny, Sally Field, Jessica Capshaw, Sally Kellerman and others for a benefit staged...
September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Find yourself laughing tonight as Debbie Kasper and Sheila Kay perform their two-woman show, "Venus Attacks!" Their parody of New Age gurus and seminars and self-help Mars/Venus philosophizing had critics raving when they performed the show in 2001. Don't miss it this...
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:...
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
When Jason Pullman worked at a country radio station in St. Louis, he used a different name and kept his Judaism on the down low.
"Not that I wasn't proud of it, but I just let it go," said the 31-year-old disc jockey. "People in country music are different, a little more...
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Karen Levine never had plans to write a book.
Then in 2001, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio producer came across an article in the Canadian Jewish News about a young Japanese woman, urged on by Tokyo schoolchildren studying the Holocaust, who traveled halfway round the world...
September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Today's unorthodox Rosh Hashanah suggestion: Do the morning services, then tune into KCET. PBS's newsmagazine "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" features a "Belief and Practice" segment on Jewish High Holidays this afternoon. Hear Rabbi Alan Lew of San Francisco's...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Controversial syndicated radio-show host and public advocate of Orthodox Judaism Laura Schlessinger -- "Dr. Laura," as she is known to her 12 million daily listeners -- confessed on air this month that she will no longer practice Judaism.
Although Schlessinger -- who very publicly...
July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Israel: P.A. Didn't Help Rescue
The Palestinian Authority had no part in the rescue of a kidnapped Israeli taxi driver, Israeli officials said. P.A. Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas personally pledged cooperation in the efforts to locate and release Eliyahu Gurel, but a senior...
May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"The Palestinian uprising and subsequent Israeli offensive in the West Bank stirred enormous sympathy for the Palestinians throughout the Arab world.... Over the past year, scores of Egypt's top singers have come out with songs about the Palestinian uprising. Most are accompanied by...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Michael Prywes was 24 when he decided to make a film. After all, he reasoned, he had started the Jewish Theater Ensemble in Chicago, so why not make his own movie? It was, he conceded, "complete chutzpah or a serious lack of understanding of the world."
Prywes' first feature film,...
February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Prominent nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager may run for the U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Prager told the Journal this week.
"I'm still only in the thinking and talking stage," said the outspoken Republican. "No exploratory...
February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
In one of his most famous bits, comic Jack Benny was held up by a thug who demanded, "Your money or your life." His response was silence. And more silence. Then, desperately, "I'm thinking, I'm thinking!"
The fiddle-playing Jewish comedian (1894-1974) dominated radio and TV for...
February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
If -- by chance -- you start flipping through Christian radio stations and you come across some Hebrew songs, the person singing them is most likely Sam Glaser, a Los Angeles-based Orthodox musician whose spiritual music is traversing religious boundaries. "I have no idea how the...
August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm
It takes Jay Sanderson about 10 minutes to put me to work. It's 8:55 a.m. on a Sunday, five minutes till broadcast of KLAC talk radio's "The Jay Sanderson Show" and he's having trouble getting his scheduled guest, screenwriter/producer Lionel Chetwynd, on the phone. I'm barely...
May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm
March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Jewish (and other) radio listeners will be able to time travel back to the world of their immigrant ancestors when "The Yiddish Radio Project" debuts March 19 on stations coast-to-coast.
The 10-part National Public Radio (NPR) series will resurrect the golden age of the Yiddish...
November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"I was thinking back to my childhood and the origins of my interest in Judaism," said Mel Wax, native of New York and longtime Los Angeles-area resident, "and it came from the Yiddish records my grandfather gave me."
Like many others in the Los Angeles Jewish community, Wax was a...
January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm
In the eyes of television, radio and print editors and reporters, who speaks for the Los Angeles Jewish community? To find out, The Jewish Journal asked 17 media professionals covering the Southland, "If a story with a Jewish or Israeli angle came...
December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm
December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pmSpin the radio dial in any direction and most of what you come up with is just plain junk. One clear exception is Larry Mantle's "Airtalk," weekdays on public radio station KPCC. The show deals in a serious, accessible way with local issues, arts, culture high and low, even -- gasp...
December 8, 1999 | 7:00 pmWhen she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."
Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...
October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pmSome people take lemons and make lemonade. Selma Schimmel took a diagnosis of cancer and turned it into a vast support network which has changed the lives of thousands of people.
Schimmel, 45, is the creator and executive producer of "The Group Room," the only nationally syndicated...
September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm
To Israel Radio's ear, the Reform and Conservative message "There's more than one way to be Jewish" may be too "ideologically controversial."
The decision to delay the movements' ads prompted threats from the liberal Jewish streams that they will petition the Supreme Court against...
August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pmMy father Illya Pinhkus Kirtsman was born in 1909 in Odessa, Ukraine, the youngest of 11 children. His older sister and brother immigrated to America in 1912. The whole family planned to follow them. It was their dream for many years. In the 1930s, my father received few letters from...