Jewish Journal

Remembering Rabbi Berg

By Tom Teicholz

October 9, 2013 | 1:26 pm

The Kabbalah Centre’s Rabbi Philip Berg with wife Karen. Photo courtesy of the Kabbalah Centre Web site

The death on Sept. 16 of Rabbi Philip Berg, 86, who founded the Kabbalah Centre with his second wife, Karen, did not come as a surprise. Rav Berg, as he was known at the center, had... read full article

  • Son of ‘Pacific Standard Time’

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2013 | 11:31 am

    It’s back! 

    Remember long ago in those dark days of 2011, when “Pacific Standard Time,” the Getty-sponsored initiative, got more than 60 cultural organizations throughout Southern California to shine a light on the impact of Los Angeles’ art scene between 1945 and 1980? Well,...

  • From the ‘Heart’

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 18, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Sons of famous fathers rarely eclipse their parent. Although there are some notable exceptions (JFK and Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes come to mind), the singularity of purpose, the ruthlessness that lead to lasting renown, as well as the perks and vicissitudes that come with fame,...

  • Michael Chabon’s search for authentic expression

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2013 | 6:29 am

    A writer walks into a room full of rabbis. This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. In the words of Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose,” “It’s the emes.” The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) held the Reform movement’s annual rabbinical convention March...

  • Culture with a side of popcorn

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 11, 2012 | 11:45 am

    When the hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” comes to Broadway this spring, I’ll be able to say I saw the London production. I also saw the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of “Don Giovanni” with the Polish tenor Mariusz Kwiecien. As for bragging rights, it’s hard to...

  • Art and fashion find their nexus in a Los Angeles creative couple

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 1, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Cubes of color intersected by bands, which the viewer can manipulate into arrangements within a grid framing the work; watercolors of narrow striations, punctuated by colors and shapes, transform abstraction from cool cerebral to emotional landscapes. Clothing made in Los Angeles but...

  • Future shock: Albert Brooks predicts ‘2030’ America

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 10, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    “2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America” (St. Martin’s Press) is Albert Brooks’ novel (in all senses of the word) take on our not-so-distant future. Anyone familiar with Brooks’ films, such as “Defending Your Life” or “Modern Romance,” will not be surprised...

  • Wiesenthal doc looks at Churchill’s legacy of defiance

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 3, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    Who do we have to thank for Hitler’s eventual defeat? What was World War II’s turning point? Who, by his actions during the war, inspired Chaim Weizmann and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s early leaders? The answer, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s stirring new...

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