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On Sukkot, honoring the homeless

By Naomi Pfefferman

September 27, 2012 | 11:14 am

Janet, a former prostitute and survivor of kidnapping and gang rape, died recently of hepatitis. Sunny, an orphan who eventually graduated from UC Berkeley, became an alcoholic and lost his Minneapolis home after his wife died of breast cancer.

On a recent Wednesday morning, Stuart Perlman wore paint-splattered clothes as he loaded up his 1999 Infiniti with art supplies and cans of low-salt Progresso soup before heading out... read on

  • Mother’s Holocaust trauma behind David Geffen’s reluctance to discuss Jewishness

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2012 | 10:34 am

    David Geffen, the notoriously press-shy billionaire Hollywood mogul, stared at me as if I had asked him to yank out a tooth. The setting was PBS’ summer 2012 press tour, on July 22, and Geffen was there to talk about the “American Masters” documentary, “Inventing David Geffen.” I... read on

  • Remembering ‘One day in September’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Just after Kevin Macdonald won the 2000 Academy Award for his searing documentary, "One Day in September," an expose on the Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, I spoke to him for two hours by phone from his home in the UK about the controversial film and how he got the... read on

  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I... read on

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  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as... read on

  • ‘The Neighbors’: Aliens next door

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    When Dan Fogelman’s late mother moved to a gated townhouse community in New Jersey 16 years ago, he’d often stay with her in the shrine of a bedroom she kept for him, complete with his bar mitzvah guest book on display. “You’d see all these neighbors who never seemed to talk to... read on

  • Jeff Goldblum goes to the head of the class

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Early in Theresa Rebeck’s comic play, “Seminar,” four aspiring writers cower in an Upper West Side New York apartment as Leonard (Jeff Goldblum), their imperious creative writing teacher, scans just one page of a short story before lambasting its author. The short story’s heroine,... read on

  • Actor feeds off ‘Mormon’s’ racy humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2012 | 11:22 am

    "My favorite kind of comedy is so wrong that it's right," actor Jared Gertner said.

    So it's fitting that he's starring in the blessedly twisted megahit musical "The Book of Mormon," which after scoring nine Tony Awards and a reputation for almost impossible-to-snag tickets has... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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