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  • A grand love, in life and thereafter

    3 weeks ago

    My husband came into my life like a sun and showered me with a golden light I had not known before. The moment we met, we recognized each other and without wasting too many precious moments, reunited after a much-too-long hiatus. Of course, I knew when we started that our time...

  • Year in review: Looking back at 5775

    September 10, 2015 | 11:39 am

    As 5775 winds to a close, here’s a look back on the highs and lows (and everything in between) of the year that was.

    September 2014

    At the annual U.N. General Assembly, President Barack Obama focuses his speech on ISIS; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likens Iran to...

  • Letters to the editor: The evil you know, racial disparities and more

    August 12, 2015 | 10:56 am

    The Evil You Know …

    I support the views of Rep. Adam Schiff and Rob Eshman that the present deal may be better than no deal (“What If There’s No Deal?” Aug. 7). America, in 1945, taught the world a bitter lesson in atomic warfare, explained in two words: Hiroshima and Nagasaki....

  • Moving and shaking: Taste of Summer in Santa Monica, Peter Beinart at IKAR and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 29, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The sun was gradually setting when nearly 600 people dressed in cocktail attire arrived at the fourth annual Taste of Summer event on July 25 in Santa Monica. 

    DJ Mark Chill and DJ Matt Urbano supplied the tunes as young professionals sampled palatable offerings from local...

  • Crossing borders: A tribute to Theo Bikel z”l

    July 22, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    One of the great virtues of Jewish life in Los Angeles, with all its scale and diversity, is that it attracts truly extraordinary people.  I have been privileged to know and befriend three virtuosi of the human experience here in Los Angeles, all of whom have passed from this world...

  • Theodore Bikel on what wisdom he would pass on to the next generation

    July 22, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Theodore Bikel was asked in Moment magazine’s May/June issue what wisdom he would pass on to the next generation. This is what he said:

    “It has occurred to me that in this world so much is motivated by love of power. I would turn that adage around and say that power of love is...

  • Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and activist, 91

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Theodore Bikel, folk singer, actor, liberal activist, Zionist and multilinguist, died of natural causes July 21 at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 91.

    Nicknamed Theo, Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna and, as a 14-year-old in 1938, watched as Nazi troops march into his hometown...

  • Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star, dies at 91

    July 21, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Actor Theodore Bikel, who originated the stage role of Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" but was best known for starring as Tevye, the poor Jewish milkman, in the Broadway hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof," died on Tuesday at age 91.

    A native of Vienna, Austria, who grew...

  • Letters to the editor: Shangri-La, Theodore Bikel, Hillary Clinton and more

    September 17, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Judging Justice

    Rob Eshman’s arguments for overturning the verdict appear to be sound; but are they based upon the evidence presented at the trial? (“The Shangri-La Charade,” Sept. 12.) If so, then of course the verdict should be overturned by the justices of the appellate court....

  • Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism

    September 5, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.


  • Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday celebration

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 25, 2014 | 11:10 am

    How do you celebrate the 90th birthday of a man who has had a major impact on American film, television, theater, music and social activism?

    By putting on a concert and inviting legends of folk music to perform, of course.

    Theodore Bikel has turned 90, and as actor and the...

  • Letters to the editor: Father’s Day, Theodore Bikel, the ethics of keeping kosher and more

    June 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

    You Can’t Spell ‘Father’ Without ‘Her’

    This is one of the most thoughtful and touching columns to appear in recent memory (“From Dad’s Art Studio to the Rabbi’s Bimah,” June 13). How lucky for Rabbi Zoe Klein to be his daughter, and how lucky for him to be her father. And thank...

  • Theodore Bikel: A man in full

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2014 | 11:31 am

    [July 21, 2015] I just heard the sad news that Theodore Bikel passed away. This is a column I wrote about him last year. He was a man in full, like no other.


    In theory, I was supposed to meet the great Theodore Bikel because of the tribute concert celebrating his 90th...

  • Bikel plays ‘Jewgrass’

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 31, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Although I know it will disappoint some readers to learn that “A Jewgrass Revival,” at American Jewish University on Feb. 1, will not be a presentation of the latest Israeli hydroponic farming techniques for marijuana, I can say with confidence that this evening of Jewish Bluegrass...

  • Rabbis against balance

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    You can abuse people, and you can also abuse values. Take two great Jewish values: self-criticism and caring for the stranger. How would one abuse such values? By lifting them up at the expense of other great Jewish values — such as fairness and balance.

    A striking example can be...

  • Tamara Brooks, noted choral conductor and wife of Theodore Bikel, dies

    May 22, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Tamara Brooks, a noted choral conductor, and the wife and musical partner of singer-actor Theodore Bikel, has died.

    Brooks, a Juilliard-trained pianist and conductor, suffered a heart attack on May 19. She was 70.

    She had a distinguished career as a conductor and educator who...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 1 - 7: Dry Bones, Striped Pajamas, Homeless Art

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    October 31, 2008 | 1:57 am


    Art Shulman has been called "the Neil Simon of the San Fernando Valley." "Misconceptions," the newest work from the playwright of "The Rabbi and the Shiksa," revolves around a series of misunderstandings in a town where things aren't always what they seem....

  • What Israel means to me

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Tovah Feldshuh

    "I love, admire, and will eternally raise money for Israel because I am well aware that she takes bullets for me. She is my life insurance."

    Judd Hirsch

    "It's not easy to understand how a nation can reclaim itself after 5,000 years of banishment, occupation, and...

  • Theo for Jews in Poland, Italian seder, HIBM awareness

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Theodore Bikel Plugs Jewish Life in Poland

    Passionately devoted to the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, entertainer Theodore Bikel, accompanied by Tamara Brooks, performed an hour-long private concert of Yiddish, English and Hebrew songs to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Jewish...

  • A Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ to Honor Aleichem

    By David Finnigan

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Actor and Yiddish-language true believer Theodore Bikel grew up in prewar Europe, with German as his first language and Yiddish a quick second, partly due to his father reading his family Sholom Aleichem stories every Tuesday night.

    "He picked the night," said Bikel, now 81 and set...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's 'Theo' Time

    The 80th birthday of actor, singer, Soviet Jewry champion and Yiddish language true believer Theodore Bikel was marked by more than 1,300 well-wishers with the June 6 concert, "Theo! The First 80 Years," at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater.

    The fluid 90-minute show...

  • A Resonant Voice

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The first thing one notices about Theodore Bikel is the voice.

    As he settles on a divan in his book-filled West Hollywood apartment, chatting about his upcoming 80th birthday gala, it's not so much his strapping frame, white beard or sharp blue eyes that make an impression as his...