Jewish Journal

‘Catch the Jew’ by Tuvia Tenenbom

By Tom Tugend

March 30, 2015 | 5:30 pm

Tuvia Tenenbom the author of “Catch the Jew!”  (Gefen Publishing House) was born into an ultra-Orthodox family in Jerusalem. After decades in Germany and the United States, the blond, rotund gonzo journalist and theater director returned to his native land and the Palestinian territories posing as “Tobi, the German” tourist and occasionally as the Arab “Abu Ali.” The result of this journey is an iconoclastic take on the Holy Land, that will either convulse the reader with laughter or enrage him/her to the point of mayhem.

  • Oscar honors Jewish talent but bypasses Israel

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2015 | 12:32 am

    Given that there were no world famous Jewish names among nominees for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood Sunday night, the tribe did fairly well.

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  • “Time Stands Still”

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 21, 2015 | 9:17 am

    Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still,” an often wrenching play about the reporters and photographers who cover our distant wars, is playing through Feb. 8 at The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. Cast members, from left, are Nik Isbelle, Presciliana Esparolini, Troy Ruptash and Aidan Bristow, director Vicky Jenson and producer Christopher Amitrano. To order tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/969532. For additional information, visit www.TimeStandsStill.LA

  • “Blonde Poison”

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2015 | 11:10 am

    BLONDE POISON — Salome Jens portrays Stella in “Blonde Poison,” based on the actual life of a beautiful young German-Jewish woman who became an informer for the Gestapo during World War II and responsible for the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of Jews. The intense one-woman show continues through Jan. 26 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. For tickets, phone (310) 364-0535 or visit www.theatre40.org

  • Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2014 | 9:34 am

    In another tour de force, Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin, America’s most prolific composer, and has the audience singing along in “Blue Skies” and “God Bless America.” The world premiere of the one-man show continues at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood through Dec. 21. For information and tickets, go to www.geffenplayhouse.com or call (310) 208-2028.

  • Watchers of the sky

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 20, 2014 | 8:41 am

    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... More.

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