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  • Meyer: Hero or Anti-Hero?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "A Jewish friend of mine loves 'The Sopranos,'" Italian American actor Joe Bologna said with a groan. "I told him, 'How'd you like to see a show called "The Goldsteins" about white-collar criminals and the biggest shyster is Izzy Goldstein?"

    Bologna isn't about to play Izzy, but he...

  • “Dream” a Reality for Ethiopian Teens

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For three months in 1984, Routhy Wonvimgen's family walked from Ethiopia to Sudan in order to reach Israel. "They walked barefoot and had very little water or food," she said of her family's part in Operation Moses, one of Israel's efforts to help Ethiopian Jews.

    "They walked by...

  • When Worlds Collide

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Much has been written about Jewish talent working in the entertainment industry. But what happens when you're a sought-after Jewish writer who also happens to be observant?

    "When worlds collide" might as well have been the subtext of a recent panel hosted by Sinai Temple's Kesher...

  • Selling Israel to Progressive Latinos

    By Gustavo Arellano

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although progressives' cause-of-the-month is criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians, it has been endemic in the Latino left for years.

    These progressive Latinos claim solidarity between themselves and Palestinians based on their supposed shared experience of being "people of...

  • The Name Game

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When we were little, my brother and I realized that whenever we asked if someone was Jewish, my mother would answer by simply repeating their name, as if that said it all.

    "Irving Fishbaum? Ira and Esther Lefkowitz? C'mon."

    We decided to see if we could induce this behavior and...

  • Messing Up Stereotypes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Debra Messing heard she'd been cast as Woody Allen's girlfriend in his new romantic romp, "Hollywood Ending," she shrieked.

    "I was in my car, and I almost caused an accident," gushes the spunky, green-eyed redhead, best known as the kooky Jewish gal pal to a gay lawyer on NBC's...

  • Something in Common

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith relations between Christians and Jews have become a feel-good cliché among the well-meaning and a target of satire, a la Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week," among cynics.

    For readers in either category, the two-hour documentary, "Jews and Christians: A Journey of...

  • ‘Over’ and Out

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Actor-writer Dan Bucatinsky calls his charming romantic comedy, "All Over the Guy," opening today in Los Angeles, his "'It just happens to be' movie."

    In the film -- about mismatched gay lovers and their straight best friends -- three of four main characters just happen to be...

  • Jewish Girls Rule

    By J. D. Smith

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have a pint-sized Jewish ex-girlfriend named Lori who once asked if I thought that Jewish girls were better lovers. It was a funny question. Better than what? I had to think about it. It never occurred to me that there was some kind of tacit competition going on, pitting the home...

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