Jewish Journal

Watchers of the sky

By  Tom Tugend

3 days ago

The life and legacy of Raphael Lemkin (pictured above), a Polish-Jewish lawyer who coined the term “genocide” and led the fight to punish it as a crime against humanity, is recognized in “Watchers of the Sky.” The documentary is currently screening at Laemmle’s Royal in West Los Angeles and Town Center in Encino, as well as Edward’s West Park in Irvine.

  • Affluence

    By  Tom Tugend

    September 26, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Lloyd Pedersen and Nan Tepper are featured in the black comedy “Affluence” by Steven Peterson, now playing through Oct. 20 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. For information and tickets, visit www.theatre40.org or call (310) 364-0535. Photo by Ed Krieger.

  • War hero Tibor Rubin gets his own U.S. stamp

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2014 | 9:22 am

    Tibor Rubin, born in Hungary, has led an interesting life.

    At 13, he was a concentration camp prisoner. At 21, he was fighting in Korea, on his way to becoming an American war hero. And on Saturday (7/26), the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a commemorative stamp sheet with Rubin’s... read on

  • Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk

    By Tom Tugend

    May 26, 2014 | 11:28 pm

    The short documentary “Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk,” screening through June 5 at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West LA, will introduce a new generation to the work of the great artist, who wielded his paint brush like a sword.

    This column reviewed an earlier documentary about Szyk... read on

  • View on UC Santa Barbara killing rampage

    By Tom Tugend

    May 24, 2014 | 10:45 pm

    My 22-year old granddaughter, Maya Raymond, having taken her final exam before graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, drove down Friday (May 23) afternoon to Los Angeles to spend an Erev Shabbat dinner with her parents, siblings and grandparents.

    We hugged... read on

  • ‘The Foreigner’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 7, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Brian Graves and Nan Tepper bring down the house in Larry Shue's comedy "The Foreigner," playing through April 27 at the Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood. For information and tickets, phone (818) 605-5685 or visit www.crowncitythatre.com

  • Ambassador’s talk has unexpected fallout

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    The United States firmly opposes any boycotts of Israeli institutions and products “as disruptive of the peace process,” Ambassador Samantha Power, the permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, declared Sunday evening (2/23) at UCLA.

    Power also spoke out against the... read on

  • You don’t want to rile these rabbis

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 15, 2014 | 6:24 pm

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor
    It is generally not judicious to quarrel with an Orthodox rabbi over scriptural interpretations, but these days it is just as inadvisable to get into a physical altercation with a bearded black hat.
    Cases in point are two American rabbis, both... read on

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Tom is a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and...

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