Jewish Journal

  • Finding love out of the closet: “The Book of Oded: Chapter 2”

    by Iris Mann

    January 7, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    The coming-out odyssey of a former Israeli serviceman and the life-altering relationship he shared with Gil, his now-deceased gay lover, form the crux...

  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    by Iris Mann

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which...

  • Fusing ritual and theater

    by Avishay Artsy

    May 28, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    In Encino, seven actors move across the scuffed hardwood floor of a gymnasium. It’s after 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and this is only the third...

  • Safdie weighs challenges of making art from ashes

    by Iris Mann

    April 30, 2014 | 10:47 am

    "Can you express the Holocaust in the form of original art?” 

    That’s one of the questions playwright-director Oren Safdie asks in his work, “False...

  • ‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

    by Jonathan Maseng

    April 17, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony”...

  • Dybbuk debuts ‘Darkness and Light’

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    August 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    It’s well past 10 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and the halls of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) are filled with the sounds of creativity. In one room of the...

  • Confessions of a foodaholic

    by Jonathan Maseng, Contributing Writer

    June 26, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    Renée Taylor’s been on a diet since World War II, and, no, that’s not a misprint. The octogenarian actress, known to many for her role as Fran...

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