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Israel [hearts] Valentine's Day

By Meredith Price

February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

The contemporary, commercial holiday of love is actually rooted in paganism, believe it or not.

Although many people today correlate St. Valentine's Day with Christianity, the contemporary, commercial holiday of love is actually rooted in paganism. In honor of the goddess of marriage,... read full article
  • ‘Meadow Soprano’ explores her Jewish spirit in Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Meadow Soprano, Jewish?

    "Everyone assumes I'm Italian," says Jamie Lynn Sigler, 26, with a sigh, pausing over her hummus lunch at the open-air market in Jaffa, one of the stops on her Birthright Israel tour. "Even kids on the trip keep asking, 'Are you Jewish?'"

    Sigler, who played...

  • There will be Jews at Oscar’s 80th

    By Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After some relatively lean years, Hollywood's Jewish talent -- as well as Israel's -- made a solid showing as nominations for the 80th Academy Awards were announced at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    The biggest winners were brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, whose thriller "No Country for Old Men"...

  • Jewish themes on tap at Sundance festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "I never sold weed after high school -- I swear," said 31-year-old filmmaker Jonathan Levine.

    Instead, he said, "The Wackness," which revolves around a dealer who trades pot for therapy sessions (and premieres in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this week), was inspired by...

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  • William Castle makes spine-tingling return in Jeffrey Schwarz docupic

    By Jay Firestone

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Aside from overrated CGI explosions, deafening sound systems and validated parking, the movie-going experience isn't exactly as thrilling as it once was. That's why director Jeffrey Schwarz wants to remind audiences of cinema's earlier pleasures with the documentary "Spine...
  • Let kids rule the land

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Kids get a bum rap. They can't vote, they can't drive, they can't call up and order things off the TV without a parent's permission and they have no say in the way their schools are run. But all is not lost. They can influence how their families handle the growing global warming...
  • The Rose Parade’s miracle rider

    By Lee Barnathan

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    To most, Marisa Wax looks and acts like a typical 12-year-old; even her pediatrician, Stephen Watson of Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, admits that when he sees Marisa, he sometimes forgets that she has been poked, prodded, X-rayed, cut into and sewn up again more times than...
  • Virgins welcome at ‘Hebrew Horror’ night

    By Adam Wills

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inspired by this week's Jewish pastime of movies and Chinese food, the Los Angeles "Rocky Horror Picture Show" cast Sins o' the Flesh is hosting an inaugural Jewish-themed send-up of the midnight cult classic at the Landmark Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 22....

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