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  • Radio Host Barry Gordon: It’s All Right to Be Left

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I don't come in until the sax solo," Barry Gordon says to the technician in the cramped, second-floor studio in the North Hollywood area.

    Gordon takes off his glasses, places them on a pile of books, and, light-green highlighter in hand, he begins marking up another text, this one...

  • Hebrew School Rocks Thanks to Radio Station

    By Naomi Glauberman

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On 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...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday 22

    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

    By Keren Engelberg

    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...

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  • 7 Days in the Arts

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    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...

  • 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:...

  • Pullman Stars on the Drive Home

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • My Culture War

    By Rob Eshman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Freedom of the press is, strictly speaking, the freedom to own a press. Within wonderfully broad limits, The New York Times can say anything it wants, but you can't say anything you want in The New York Times.

    Radio entertainer Howard Stern, as successful and wealthy as he is,...

  • Book Unpacks Shoah Memories

    By Beverly Gray

    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...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    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...

  • Your Letters

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I have concerns about Arnold Schwarzenegger other than the fact his father was a Nazi ("Arnold's Challenge" Aug. 29). I believe he is more conservative than he proclaims. After all, he was praised by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and is making the rounds on...

  • Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

    By Lisa Keys

    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...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    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...

  • NPR Israel Coverage Sparks Protests

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • From Naive Dream to Big Screen

    By Barbara Delatiner

    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,...

  • Prager Mulls Run for Senate in 2004

    By Buzzy Gordon

    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...

  • Kicking it Old World

    By Marcus Moraes

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Guib a click, dos is YidishMusic."

    This sentence can be heard several times a day from Brazilian electronic engineer Carlos Daniel Kibrit, 46, founder and producer of the 24-hour Webcast called YidishMusic.

    "Give a click, this is JewishMusic," translated Kibrit, who also is...

  • Not a Day Over 39

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    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...

  • Spiritual Sounds

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • Video Spawns a Radio Star

    By Keren Engelberg

    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...

  • Talking to Gabby

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Gabriela Jacobo, known as Gabby, at age 17 is a rising radio star. Her supervisor Rebecca Martin, of NPR's Youth Radio, told me, "She's one of our best writers and a great commentator."

    Which is why we in the Jewish community should listen up. If she's the future, she is unaware of...

  • Now Hear This

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Ask the Rabbi

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It's late on Sunday evening at KFI 640 AM's &'9;Koreatown station, and within the confines of an overly bright fluorescent-lit radio booth, a tall man with Phil Donahue-white hair and a scraggly reddish beard worthy of the Norse god Thor sits alone at the mike.

    Dressed in dependable...

  • ‘L’Chayim Radio’ Silenced

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    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...

  • Who Speaks for the Jews?

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about this topic !

    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...

  • Chanukah Specials

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Amidst a blizzard of Christmas specials, the commercial networks are giving short shrift to Chanukah, so it's up to public television and radio stations to pick up the slack. KCET (PBS, Channel 28) is putting the emphasis on the culinary delights of Chanukah with the following...

  • Mantle’s Home Run

    By Rob Eshman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Spin 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...
  • Radio Yiddish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When 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...

  • The Force Behind ‘The Group Room’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some 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...

  • Off the Air

    By Avi Machlis

    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...

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