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  • The Continuing Mystery of Bruno Schulz

    Ian Shulman

    June 15, 2013 | 11:12 pm

    The great writer and mystifier Bruno Schulz left a plethora of puzzles, myths and hidden chambers in two thin booklets of essays. However, one of his lesser-known and most challenging riddles was forgotten under a thick layer of paint in one of the former villas of Drohobych.

    ...
  • A journalist’s perspective

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 10, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    Why are you asking so many questions and wanting to write about our community in the newspaper? Why do people care about Iranian Jews in Los Angeles? Do you really think you’re accomplishing anything by writing about our triumphs and failures in the newspaper?

    These and other...

  • Q&A with Nikki Levy

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    “Saturday Night Live” alumna Laraine Newman shares an experience she had in high school, when, high on a psychedelic drug, she saw her mother as a person and not just her parent for the first time. 

    Actress (and daughter of Motown icon Diana Ross) Tracee Ellis Ross, one of the...

  • Frankfurt ripped for honoring scholar who backs Israel boycott

    September 6, 2012 | 11:54 am

    Protests are mounting against plans by the city of Frankfurt to honor Jewish-American scholar Judith Butler, a staunch critic of Israel.

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany and the political activist group Scholars for Peace in the Middle East are among groups that have...

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  • A Day with Gil Marks

    By Michael Israel

    August 13, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Recently, on a trip to New York, I had the opportunity to meet Gil Marks. Gil has been incredibly supportive and encouraging in my quest to reinvent every recipe in his book Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. I wanted to have a chance to thank him in person for his work and willingness to...

  • Acclaimed writer Nora Ephron dead at 71

    June 26, 2012 | 6:33 pm

    Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for work on movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death.

    A spokeswoman for her agency, Los...

  • Six writers, six ways to reveal truths

    June 6, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    On May 23, Valley Beth Shalom hosted an event designed to inspire the creation of new Jewish comedy and drama, and encourage the ongoing tradition of Jewish creativity and invention. Moderated by VBS Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein, the program was a presentation of the synagogue’s Jewish...

  • Award to recognize Jewish Journalist’s 50-year career

    By Ryan Torok

    March 14, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    The year was 1960. Tom Tugend, living in Israel and working as the temporary head of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s public relations department, had to make a choice: keep his job or return to Los Angeles to a UCLA job he’d had before moving to Israel. He went back to UCLA...

  • Dan Rather is a major gift to the Jewish Federation

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 24, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    On Dec. 1 in Boca Raton, Dan Rather will speak to Major Gift donors of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

    The Emmy-award winning journalist will contribute a live insider briefing to the evening of live music and dinner for “a night of substance and sophistication amid the warmth of our Federation family” said Wendy Pressner, the evening’s chair, to the Sun Sentinel.

     

  • Feminist writer E.M. Broner dies at 83

    June 23, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Jewish feminist writer E.M. Broner, perhaps best known as the co-author of “The Women’s Haggadah,” has died.

    Broner, a longtime professor of English at Wayne State University, Sarah Lawrence College and other schools, died June 21 in New York at 83. The cause of death was...

  • Would I Want to Be Skinny if it Meant I Had to Be Dumb?

    By Ilana Angel

    June 22, 2011 | 12:24 am

    I met with Tamara Shayne Kagel yesterday.  She is the young woman who wrote a series of blogs that essentially said fat girls need to lower their expectations in terms of who they can date, and parents do a disservice to their fat daughters by telling them they can do anything they...

  • N.Y. Times apologizes for pro-Palestinian writer

    February 9, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    The New York Times apologized for allowing a writer who has attended pro-Palestinian rallies to co-author a story claiming that Jewish criticism of Israel has grown in the San Francisco region.

    The Feb. 3 article, headlined “A Jewish Group Makes Waves, Locally and Abroad,” covered...

  • Creator of ‘MASH’ Larry Gelbart dies at 81

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2009 | 6:16 pm

    The L.A. Times is reporting that Larry Gelbart, the iconic comedy writer responsible for the TV series “MASH,” co-writing the book “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and the movie “Tootsie,” died this morning at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 81.

    Gelbart was...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream

    This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew?  I talked to a professional in the business to find out.

  • Judy Toll is one funny valentine

    May 4, 2008 | 2:59 pm

    Groucho Marx said anyone can get old—all you have to do is live long enough. But what can you say about a comedian who lived it all in 44 years, as a breakthrough stand-up, gifted improv actor and writer for the hottest HBO comedy show?


    Meet Judy Toll.


    “Judy was a Jew; I don’t know...

  • How Hollywood’s Hunt ‘Found’ Elinor Lipman’s novel

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Elinor Lipman, writer of smart and often hilarious modern-day social satire, considers herself "the luckiest writer." Her first novel, "Then She Found Me," well-received when it was published in 1990 and selling steadily ever since, has inspired the film of the same name -- starring,...
  • Spurlock embarks on a cinematic quest for Osama

    By Pat Sierchio

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When writer/director Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") discovered he was going to become a father two years ago, he was concerned about the tumultuous state of the world into which his child was being born. Spurlock's wish was to give his child a safer and more harmonious place to...
  • We plan, Sherre laughs

    By David Suissa

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The conversation was joyful and funny, but something was bothering me. I couldn't stop thinking about the poached eggs.

    We had all ordered our breakfasts at the same time. I got my Irish oatmeal, my daughter got her bagel and cream cheese, but the poached eggs? It seemed like they...

  • Enter Elijah, designated drinker

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Video demonstration

    Passover is a holiday near and dear to Marc Jaffe's heart. So when the "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You" writer went to a friend's house for a seder last year, he was let down when an Elijah's entrance gag bombed.

    "They shook the table. I thought, 'You gotta be...

  • Photo exhibit highlights the human cost of our bounty

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the stark black-and-white photo, two small children play in and around water, as children anywhere might do on a hot day. But there's something odd about the image: it isn't the shore or a recreational pool they're playing in, but a concrete irrigation canal.

    "The children's...

  • Books: Bird-watching and ‘the Jewish question’

    By Jonathan Rosen

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    No doubt because I once worked at a Jewish newspaper and have written a novel about a woman rabbi -- not to mention a work of nonfiction called "The Talmud and the Internet" -- I am sometimes asked if my new book about bird-watching, "The Life of the Skies," is a Jewish book.

    At the...

  • As she remembers it

    By Gina Nahai

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do you write from memory? Someone always asks, and I become tongue-tied and uncertain, scrambling for the words, the ways to make believable what I know will sound bizarre -- a too-complicated response where all that is required is a simple "Yes" or "No" or "Sometimes; the rest is...
  • Excerpt: ‘Proust Was a Neuroscientist’

    By Jonah Lehrer

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Walt Whitman

    The Substance of Feeling

    The poet writes the history of his own body.

    -- Henry David Thoreau

    For Walt Whitman, the Civil War was about the body. The crime of the Confederacy, Whitman believed, was treating blacks as nothing but flesh, selling them and buying them like...

  • Life on the picket lines—a striking writer reports

    By Ellen Sandler

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I was asked by The Jewish Journal whether I'd like to write something funny about the WGA strike, I thought -- hey, there's nothing funny about this: corporate bullies refusing to pay writers for their work. This is serious. But as my friend Rob Lotterstein, creator and...
  • Kushmet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Monday night, I was sitting on stage at American Jewish University interviewing Tony Kushner, talking Life and Judaism and Big Ideas to a man who is arguably America's greatest living playwright, when, suddenly, the words of what is arguably the world's cheesiest bubble-gum song...
  • Books: ‘Primo Levi’s Journey’ traces the path of a survivor

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Primo Levi's Journey" defies neat categorization. It's part travelogue, part Holocaust remembrance, part philosophical reflection.

    The documentary's roots lie in the Italian Jewish writer's long journey after his liberation in January 1945, from Auschwitz to his hometown of Turin on...

  • Artist-Writer Maira Kalman creates illustrated memoir

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When asked why she became a painter and writer, Maira Kalman, author of "The Principles of Uncertainty," an illustrated memoir, says, "I can't do anything else. I clean very well. I'd like to be a maid for the Duchess of Devonshire."

    That Kalman, who will be appearing Oct. 30 at Los...

  • Books: Risky accommodation explored in ‘Jews and Power’

    By Dr. Robert Wexler

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Hebrew Bible, there are any number of crimes for which death is considered the appropriate penalty. Murder another person, and your own life is forfeit. Violate the Sabbath, and you will be stoned. Indulge in incest or adultery, and it is all over. Worship idols, and...
  • Q & A with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Journalist Seymour M. Hersh, 70, announced his arrival in Washington nearly four decades ago by uncovering the U.S. military massacre of Vietnamese women and children at My Lai and winning the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. As a freelancer for the tiny Dispatch...
  • Books: The bible and history—facts or truth?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible," by Eric H. Cline (National Geographic, $26).

    Consider with me the following curious intellectual position: Religions make spiritual claims, such as "God cares for me," and insist, quite rightly, that science cannot pronounce...

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