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  • Judaism and Israelism in film and television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 30, 2016 | 8:18 am

    When I write "Israeli", what comes to mind? Chutzpah? Over confidence? Too friendly? A conqueror? And how about "Jewish"? Big nose? Greedy? Guilt inflicting mothers? Tradition?

    The media affects the way we view the world. Mass communication may not entirely decide for us how we...

  • Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: The Jews

    September 4, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.”

    Google search results are the product of complicated algorithms that sometimes return unwanted or offensive results. Many consider the notion that the...

  • Stereotypes and Myths

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 14, 2012 | 7:00 am

    I was recently watching an episode of “Breaking Amish,” an unscripted show about four young Amish and one Mennonite person who go to New York to decide whether to give up the ways of their families and to become “English,” or, in the language most of us would use, to adopt the...

  • 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...

  • Jews & Blacks on Reality Television

    By Ilana Angel

    November 30, 2011 | 10:49 pm

    I love reality television.  By love of course I mean I am addicted to it.  Even though most of it is useless, I cannot stop watching.  Reality television is like drugs.  You try it once at a party, and before you know it you are in front of the television watching a Kardashian rerun...

  • German fund head rejects project containing anti-Semitic stereotypes

    October 4, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    The head of a German fund established to compensate victims of forced labor under the Nazis says he regrets an “ambiguous project publication” supported by the fund containing illustrations that “could be seen as containing anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

    Martin Salm, director of the...

  • ‘She’s acting like a Jew!’ Ho ho ho Chanukah! [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 26, 2008 | 12:44 am

    Another guest post from Anita Susan Brenner:

    On Christmas Eve, after the minyan,  where I said Kaddish for my grandmother, I went home to La Canada Flintridge and stopped at a sporting goods store.  The checkout line was long.  

    While I waited, an angry woman stood behind me,...
  • First Impressions

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Last week, The Jewish Journal played host to two Muslim journalists.

    Umar Cheema and Utku Çakirözer are Daniel Pearl Fellows chosen by the Daniel Pearl Foundation in conjunction with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom.

    The idea is to...

  • Hook-nosed, bloodstained Jews out to trick peaceful Arabs at Annapolis summit

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 26, 2007 | 7:45 pm

    OK, Olmert says it’s no big deal the Saudis and their pals won’t ‘shake hands’ with the Jews at the conference;  at least they won’t be trotting out shopworn stereotypes about conniving Jews hoodwinking the Arab world and the international community, right?

    Or will they?


  • Can someone tell me why our scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 30, 2007 | 12:36 am

    Interesting post from a blogger in Singapore responding to the question “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?”

    After repeating the ‘smart Jew’ stereotype (which he calls ‘positive’) he gets to

    The difference in Jewish History most...

  • Film director Verhoeven defies Dutch Shoah myth in ‘Black Book’ thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Book" is a first-class thriller, pitting the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupiers in the waning months of World War II, and it holds plenty of unexpected plot twists.

    The real surprise, though, is that unlike other depictions of that era, not all the underground...

  • City Voice: We’re not who we think we are

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is a preconceived notion about the Los Angeles Jewish community being affluent, increasingly conservative and preoccupied with Israel to the exclusion of other issues.

    There is some truth in this, as is the case with all preconceived notions and stereotypes. There is also...

  • Two neighborhoods reveal Orthodox community’s fault lines

    By Amy Klein

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Tali Rosenthal moved to Los Angeles eight years ago, she landed in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood on the Westside. It was near her office, and besides, it was where many of Los Angeles' Orthodox singles live.

    But after five years there, Rosenthal, decided to move to Hancock...

  • Uhry’s Latest Knocks Down Stereotypes

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even at the age of 69, Alfred Uhry has a slight lilt in his voice over the phone. It does not cover up his gravelly timbre, but one can detect the hidden mirthfulness of a former drama teacher.

    During the 1970s, Uhry taught drama for seven years at an experimental Manhattan high...

  • Class Notes - Building Houses, Building Bridges

    By Julie G Fax

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With the growing frequency of "alternative spring break programs" making them less, well, alternative, USC Hillel added a twist that helped it reclaim moniker. The campus Jewish group teamed up with the USC chapter of the NAACP to build houses in Baton Rouge over spring break in...

  • Larry David Died for Our Sins

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Larry David, the producer-writer-star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has just finished airing the fifth season of his HBO program. Many people find him hilarious. Others find him annoying in the extreme. Both are right, of course, and David builds his humor out of this particular...

  • VH-1 Declares Jews ‘So Jewtastic’

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It's official. According to VH-1, it is now hip to be Hebrew. The music television channel premieres "VH-1 All Access: So Jewtastic" on Dec. 19, making a case for the current trendiness of our tribe.

    From Madonna's rip-off of kabbalah to "The O.C.'s" dreamy Jew teen heartthrob Seth...

  • Pin Up These Pinups

    By Carin Davis

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At last, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Calendar has some real competition -- some Jewish competition. The latest thing in girly pinups -- with class -- is the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute's (HBI) Jewish + Female + Athlete Calendar. So you can toss that traditional scroll of...

  • Kingsley’s ‘Twist’ on a Dickens Thief

    By Tom Tugend

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Time-honored Jewish stereotypes and caricatures have fallen on hard times in recent movies.

    Al Pacino's complex and heart-wrenching portrayal of Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" put a human face on the vengeful moneylender. And in the German film "The Ninth Day," Judas is exalted...

  • First Person - Death by Oprah

    By Annie Korzen

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Oprah Winfrey is doing a show about "Ethnic Men Who Reject Their Own Women." I am invited as an expert witness because I speak and write about the ugly stereotypes Jewish men have created about their wives and mothers.

    You've all heard the jokes: the nagging wives, the frenzied...

  • Enemy Ties

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I hadn't been to a Tel Aviv bar for a while, and I was craving one. I had recently returned from a vacation to Los Angeles, where there were no worthwhile singles bars. Last call for alcohol in Los Angeles is 2 a.m., and a good Jewish girl like me prefers to pick up and be picked...

  • Even Maidelehs Don Pasties

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish girl stereotypes get tossed -- including one you might have heard about them being prudes -- when "Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad" makes its West Coast debut this Thursday night at Tangier.

    As creator and emcee Susannah Perlman describes it, the variety show features comedy,...

  • Sunrise, Sundance, Swiftly Fly the Films

    By Amy Klein

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "When you're a falafel king/you're a falafel king all the way/from your first alef-bet/till your last dying day..." OK, maybe that's not exactly how the musical spoof, "West Bank Story," begins, but the short film indeed opens with a cadre of snapping dancers taking on the guys on...

  • Idea of Dumb Bush Voters Lacks Reality

    By Cathy Young

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    As the furor over the election dies down, with unseemly whining from sore losers and unseemly gloating from sore winners, certain stereotypes of Bush voters continue to command currency among disgruntled liberals. One of them is that Bush supporters, and conservatives in general,...

  • You Go, (Material) Girl!

    By Joan Hyler

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending some time with high-level members of the Knesset. Much was on the agenda: security,

    elections, the wall, the settlements and Madonna's proposed trip to Israel. These leaders were abuzz with the possibility that she would be coming to...

  • That ‘70s Fro

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Where can you see all-in-good-fun Jewish stereotypes spoofed alongside 1970s kitsch, such as waterbeds, fondue parties, disco, leisure suits and bad perms? Check out the movie remake of the '70s cop series, "Starsky & Hutch," Hollywood's latest TV overhaul, which stars Ben Stiller...

  • Unacceptable

    By Michael Tolkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After The New Republic's Gregg Easterbrook wrote in his online column that Jewish executives in Hollywood "worship money above all else," he apologized.

    Every group in some way lives up to its stereotypes, and even knows that about itself -- otherwise there'd be no specific humor...

  • Q & A With Darren Star

    By Andrea King

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Darren Star doesn't want you to know that he spent a portion of his bar mitzvah money to buy himself a subscription to Variety, the entertainment industry's bible. It's been written about before, he claims. But it's just too good a story not to include it. Because somehow it sums...

  • Jewish Trojans—Oxymoron No More

    By Rachel Brand

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "There's a Jew wearing a yarmulke," a drunk member of Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi shouted to a shocked Jacob Faturechi as he rode his bike down fraternity row at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1996.

    "I think that it was a novelty to see a Jew at USC that was...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose...

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