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  • ‘Hava Nagila’ film chronicles song’s journey from shtetl to cliche

    January 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    You're at a wedding or bar mitzvah, mingling at the bar or catching up with a distant relative, when you hear it -- the opening notes of a familiar tune that as if by some invisible force carries you and other guests to the dance floor for the rousing dance circle ritual.

    Does...

  • The Story of the Storyteller

    By Dikla Kadosh

    July 12, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” a film by Joseph Dorman, opens Friday, August 5 at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino. The film tells the story of the monumental literary figure, who not only left behind a body of work that includes “Fiddler on the Roof” and other...

  • New York shtetl where arson attack occurred, the rebbe’s word is law

    June 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    For years, this leafy Chasidic village about an hour north of New York City has been a shtetl-like haven where residents could live their strictly Orthodox lifestyle far from the temptations and bustle of the nation’s largest city.

    Out of view of all but very few, life in this...

  • Shtetl engagement custom makes modern comeback

    October 10, 2008 | 4:32 pm

    When it comes to Jewish wedding customs, one could say everything old is new again.

    According to numerous how-to-plan-your-Jewish-wedding Web sites, modern couples have resurrected tenaim (a 12th- century Ashkenazic tradition) and -- after retrofitting the ritual -- eagerly add the...

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  • Books: The anti-Chagall offers a field guide to the shtetl

    By Gabriel Sanders

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm



    "They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust" by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (University of California Press, $39.95).

    Mayer Kirshenblatt was born in 1916 in the Polish town of Apt. In 1934, when he was...

  • The Lost Yiddish World

    By Tom Tugend

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "In many ways, it was a good world. In many ways, it was a hard world," observes narrator Elliott Gould in introducing "A Yiddish World Remembered."

    It is not easy to evoke a lost era through television footage, but "Yiddish World" largely overcomes the difficulty.

    There are lively...

  • Satan in the Shtetl

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Great-grandma was a naughty girl," says British filmmaker Ben Hopkins, whose feature debut, "Simon Magus," is the tale of a Polish shtetl in peril.

    The iconoclastic director's single Jewish ancestor was the Eastern European mistress of an English gentleman in Vienna; in the 1910s,...

  • The Great Mulholland Divide

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a UCLA student, some...uh...50 years ago and lived in Hollywood, I thought nothing of picking up a date in Boyle Heights, but I wouldn't even consider going out with a girl from the San Fernando Valley.

    I shared the common Angeleno perception that the Valley was some...

  • Never Forgetting Sarah

    By Linda Feldman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I was thinking about my friend Lillian Ross last week as I was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on my way north to an enzyme bath and massage in an outdoor Japanese tea house in Occidental. (I was celebrating freedom after submitting my manuscript for a book on families and family...