Jewish Journal

Drama and despair in a paramedic’s life

By Tom Tugend

June 20, 2016 | 11:27 am

Jeff Solomon, standing in photo, is the author of “The Least of my Brothers,” in which he vividly recounts his 12 years as an emergency life support responder with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, after seven years as a life guard. Chapters of the creative nonfiction work read like action thrillers, in which the camaraderie of his unit contrasts with system failures and bureaucratic foulups. The e-book is available at www.amazon.com, as well as at www.barnesandnoble.com NOOK BOOK. For a more detailed description, click here

  • Muhammad Ali pleaded for Daniel Pearl’s life

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 4, 2016 | 10:13 pm

    When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in January 2002, the most famous American Muslim of the day pleaded... More.

  • Walter Kohn, refugee and Nobel Laureate, dies at 93

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 29, 2016 | 12:36 pm

    Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, who fled Nazi-ruled Austria one month before the start of World War II, died April 19 at his home in Santa Barbara. He... More.


    By Bob English

    December 3, 2015 | 8:59 pm

    Bob English, my old friend and former esteemed UCLA colleague, now the poet laureate of Santa Barbara, has composed the following poem in honor of the... More.

  • Oscar slights ‘Jewish’ documentaries

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 1, 2015 | 10:07 pm

    A dozen documentary feature films on Jewish and Israeli topics, vying for Oscar glory, were largely eliminated on Tuesday (Dec. 1) when the Academy of... More.

  • Inhale Harmonica

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 29, 2015 | 9:34 am

    Cast of “Inhale Harmonica” as members of a highly dysfunctional hillbilly family whose life is turned upside down by the  visit of a mysterious stranger. Nan Tepper (front right in rocking chair) plays the profane matriarch of the clan. The play by Nathan Wellman runs through Nov. 15 at the Studio Stage, 520 N. Western Ave in Los Angeles. For tickets and information, phone (800) 838-3006 or visit www.SkyPilotTheatre.com

  • Romance in the computer age

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2015 | 9:58 am

    Love conquers mixups, fake messages, old age, young age, deli food and even computer glitches in Hindi Brooks fast-paced comedy “Romance.com.” 

    Joining in the action are, from left, Olivia Henry, Michael J. Silver, Marcia Rodd, Joseph Michael Harris and Bart Braverman.

    Directed by Howard Teichman, the West Coast Jewish Theatre production at the Pico Playhouse in West Los Angeles has been extended through Nov. 29. For tickets visit www.wcjt.comor phone (323) 821-2449.

  • Aviator who fought for U.S. and Israel, dies

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Aviator Leon Frankel, who fought for the United States in World War II and for the nascent state of Israel in 1948, died Oct. 7 at 92 and was buried the... More.

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