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  • Chargers football commentator uses Jewish stereotype in on-air exchange

    August 26, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Hank Bauer, a longtime radio analyst for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, used a Jewish stereotype in an exchange with his on-air colleague.

    In the waning moments of Sunday’s Chargers-49ers preseason football game, play-by-play man Josh Lewin said if he were paying to attend he...

  • Help wanted: Chinese company seeks tall, white, Harvard-educated, male Jew

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 24, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    Remember how excited Christians were about the book “Jewish Wisdom for Business Success”?

    Well, that book won’t suffice for a Chinese company. No, they’re looking for their own tall, white, Jewish male who attended Harvard and speaks fluent Mandarin. An excerpt of the job-posting...

  • Doing Jews right on TV—for better or worse

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2008 | 3:47 am

    In the AMC drama "Mad Men," about the male-dominated advertising world of 1960s New York, an early episode features Jewish heiress Rachel Menken soliciting the services of ad firm Sterling Cooper to boost sales for her family-owned department store.

    Eager to secure her business, the...

  • VIDEO: Woody Allen and the Jewish robots (from ‘Sleeper’)

    August 5, 2008 | 1:58 am

    Woody Allen is fitted for a new suit by robot Jewish tailors—from ‘Sleeper’


  • Big talkers

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Who talks more, men or women?

    If you think the answer is obvious, perhaps it's because you've been conditioned by a society that stereotypes.

    We've all heard the joke the best man cracks to his buddy the groom on his wedding day: "Remember, when you have a discussion with your wife...

  • The Pearl Fellow

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ramy was my first Syrian.

    We didn't meet cute, as people do in the movies. We met awkward.

    Ramy Mansour came to The Journal offices last week as a Daniel Pearl Fellow. As part of its effort to increase understanding between Islam and the West, the Foundation, named after the slain...

  • Oy vey! You should read what they’re writing about them—in books yet

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have the kind of Jewish mother who could both make gefilte fish from scratch and play 18 holes of golf in one day. Every day throughout my high school years, my mother would hand me lunch in a paper bag as I rushed out the door and left most of the breakfast she had prepared on the...
  • The new Jewish mother

    By Amy Klein

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rae Drazin never wanted to be a "stereotypical" Jewish mother who "overindulges her children, is self-sacrificing and overly protective." So Drazin worked full-time while she raised three children. She participated in their lives, but also made a point of encouraging them to be...
  • Helicopter parents: Jewish mothers go airborne

    By Ronda Fox

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Consider this description from Wikipedia: "a person who pays extremely close attention" to her children and rushes "to prevent any harm from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes."

    Consider further this...
  • Different cultures produce different Jewish mothers

    By Amy Klein

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the Jewish mother stereotype, they're usually referring to the American Ashkenazi Jewish mother stereotype.

    But what about Jewish mothers from different cultures and countries?

    In Israel, where the Jewish mother is everywhere, the stereotype is known as...
  • The Imus Affair: It’s not hip to be vulgar

    By Mitch Paradise

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, on my first day of a six-year stint as a substitute teacher in the L.A. Unified School District, I entered El Camino Real High only to be instantly slapped in the face by a profanity-laced tirade by a black male student directed at a group of black females sitting quietly...
  • Becoming American

    By Gina Nahai

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    She comes up to me through the crowd -- designer clothes and Tahitian pearls and that I-know-I'm-gorgeous confidence that makes her impossible to look away from -- and hands me one of my own books. We're at a writers' conference in Long Beach. I'm scheduled to speak later in the day,...
  • Too Jewish to Play Myself

    By Annie Korzen

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    People see me as your "typical Jewish woman," and maybe it's true: I've got curly hair, opinions on every subject and I do not go camping. Plus, even after years of speech classes, I still have an identifiable New York nasality in my voice. When I walk into a room, someone always...

  • Father’s Day Fix

    By Leonard Felder

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, my wife, Linda, and I attended a conference of psychotherapists and sat next to a recently divorced female therapist who said to us, "Next time I'm going to marry a Jewish man."

    My wife asked, "Oh, are you Jewish?"

    The female therapist replied, "No, but I've always...

  • The Court of Cupid

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    It seems a bit disingenuous for women to get all bent out of shape over Harvard President Larry Summers' recent suggestion that innate gender differences may account for variances in math and science skills. After all, most women maintain that innate gender differences exist when...

  • Pacino Adds Depth to ‘Merchant’ Villain

    By Tom Tugend

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    There is little doubt that the first film version of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" will find its detractors.

    Literary purists may be horrified by liberties taken by director-screenwriter Michael Radford, including a 50-minute cut in the play's original three-hour...

  • Tradition Falls Flat on Broadway

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It may be a cliché that L.A. theater does not compare to New York's, but even in the case of Broadway's current less-than-rave-reviewed production of "Fiddler on the Roof," it remains true. The show, which has been nominated for five Tony awards, including best revival, has been...

  • A Family Affair

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In his 86th year and in his 86th movie, Kirk Douglas has fulfilled a long-cherished dream by uniting his clan in the film, "It Runs in the Family."

    The picture's Gromberg family, for whom the word "dysfunctional" was invented, consists of patriarch Alex (Kirk, naturally), son...

  • Romance in the Negev

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He closed the cap on my gas tank, returned the nozzle and handed me a slip of paper.

    "What's this?" I asked.

    "A coupon for a car wash," he responded. "Kind of like a present." He smiled, dazzling me.

    "Give me another present," I said, handing back the slip of paper. "Your phone...

  • Reality Doesn’t Bite

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Last night, I was watching "Big Brother," a show mocked for its lack of action. Call me crazy, but to me, it's Chekhov; it's all about the subtext. Anyway, a contestant named Bunky was voted out of the house last week. That's when I realized that slowly, quietly, the new breed of...