Jewish Journal

Can you tell me how to get to Jewish ‘Sesame Street’?

by Jacob Berkman, JTA

November 22, 2010 | 6:26 pm

Oscar the Grouch, left, and his Israeli cousin Moishe Oofnik visited the federations' General Assembly in New Orleans to promote "Shalom Sesame," a version of the iconic "Sesame Street" that is designed for young Jews, November 2010. (Daniel Sieradski)

Oscar the Grouch and Moishe Oofnik, his Israeli cousin who lives in a recycling bin on Rechov Sumsum in Tel Aviv, opened up what would turn out to be the most explosive plenary session at... read full article

  • Is Los Angeles ready for its dose of “Law & Order”?

    August 31, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    Following last year’s cancellation of the original New York version of the series after a venerable 20-year run — a record matched in drama only by the classic Western “Gunsmoke” — a new spawn will appear this fall: “Law & Order: Los Angeles.”

    While some may dismiss...

  • ‘Being Erica’ TV character transfixes Toronto Jews

    By Renee Ghert-Zand, JTA

    August 31, 2010 | 3:41 pm

    A young woman with long auburn hair sits surrounded by friends and family in her mother’s living room while holding a tiny baby on a pillow in her lap.

    She is the sandek at the brit of her cousin’s son, having agreed to take on this honorary role—the one who holds the baby—to...

  • Orthodox Jew voted off ‘Big Brother’


    August 1, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    The first Orthodox Jew to appear as a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” has been sent packing.

    Andrew Gordon, a Miami podiatrist, was voted off the CBS show in which contestants live in a house and each week oust other contestants based on their feelings toward each other. The winner receives a pot of cash.

    The kipah-wearing Gordon, 39, observed the Sabbath and kept kosher.

    “Big Brother” is in its 12th season.

  • Brit Brings Primo Levi’s Life in Auschwitz to Stage, Screen

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2010 | 4:31 pm

    After his liberation from Auschwitz, Italian writer and scientist Primo Levi observed, “To destroy a man is difficult, almost as difficult as to create one. It has not been easy or quick, but the Germans have succeeded.”

    In the HBO Signature production of “Primo,” the...

  • ‘Sons of Tucson’ a Cult Hit in the Making

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 15, 2010 | 4:16 pm

    “Sons of Tucson” is a clever and subversive new sitcom about three sons who’ve fled to Tucson, Ariz., because their father was imprisoned for financial fraud. They then go on to recruit a ne’er-do-well, played by Taylor Labine (of “Reaper” fame), to pose as their father...

  • Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson's misfit male prostitute returns for a second season of "Hung."

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 1, 2010 | 9:48 pm

    It’s hard to avoid bad puns when discussing HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Hung.” The half-hour comedy-drama revolves around Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), a broke Detroit high school basketball coach who decides to become a gigolo when he realizes his “winning tool” —...

  • Jeff Garlin…Seriously

    By Ryan Torok

    June 1, 2010 | 9:39 pm

    An hour before the start of Jeff Garlin’s recent stand-up show at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood, a huge line had formed around the block on Franklin Avenue, obstructing the entrances to adjacent cafes and a clothing store.

    Most of the motley group waiting in line appeared...

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