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Rabbi Alyson Solomon: Living With the Volume Turned Up

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Alyson Solomon calls herself the “Courage Coach,” and her website offers “guided consultations that reconnect individuals with purpose, cause and inspiration.” Originally from Portland, Ore.,...

Vicki Juditz’s Journey to Judaism

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Vicki Juditz has performed her original stories at theaters and festivals across the country. In Los Angeles, she regularly performs at spoken-word events. Her story...

Bill Ratner: More Than Just a Familiar Voice

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You may not recognize his face, but you’ve surely heard his voice. From the voice of Flint in the TV cartoon “G.I. Joe,” to...

True Story Maven Donna Kanter

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Writer-producer-director Donna Kanter has 21 films and television series to her name. The daughter of the late writer, producer and director Hal Kanter, she...

Nell Scovell on Surviving the Hollywood Boys’ Club

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Nell Scovell is one of the few women who has managed to carve out a strong writing career in the male-dominated world of television....

Creativity in Two Shakes of a Goat’s Tail

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My writing had gotten stale. I needed a creative boost. I’d taken workshops over the years, but I always had the nagging feeling that...

Marking the Beat With Ari Melber

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He’s the attorney turned award-winning journalist who beams through your television screen on MSNBC five nights a week with his show, “The Beat with...

Aging in Prime Time

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Is television reflective of society? And if not, what can be done about it? These were just two of the questions posited at a recent...

Biography Lovingly Recalls Joan Rivers

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Long before Joan Alexandra Molinsky — better known as the legendary Joan Rivers — died in September 2014 at age 81, a week after...

Welcoming the World to Her Shabbat Dinners

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Miriam Gabay says she’s “not quite 100 percent Orthodox,” but she invites up to a dozen guests each week to her Miracle Mile-area Shabbat...

Kenny G’s Sax Appeal

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Saxophonist Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known by his stage name, Kenny G, rose to fame in the 1980s and ’90s, becoming one of the...

Mark Schiff: Thoughts From a Stand-Up Guy

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Standup comedian Mark Schiff has been a headliner at all the major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He has appeared on “The...

Film Says Israel Should Control Holy Sites

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In his new documentary, “Roadmap Jerusalem,” Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz argues that Israel should control access to all the religious sites in the nation’s capital. After...

Temple Beth Am Bids Farewell to Its Sanctuary

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How do you say goodbye to a room that holds 63 years of special memories for generations of families? The Temple Beth Am community gathered...

The Playwright and the Magician

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What do you get when a master writer meets a master magician? If it’s David Mamet and Ricky Jay, you get an evening of...

Elie Wiesel a Dissident? 

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When one thinks of the late Elie Wiesel, one envisions him as the embodiment of Jewish values and a central part of the Jewish...

B’nai Horin Celebrates 50 Years

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The second night of Passover was particularly special this year for members of B’nai Horin (Children of Freedom), who gathered for a seder that...

The People vs. Aaron

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You know the old story about parents leaving the house and then their kids going crazy by throwing wild parties and misbehaving? It also...

‘Second Seder Plate’ Puts Focus on Refugee Crisis

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As Jews sit down to Passover seders to retell the story of when our ancestors were slaves and refugees, Jewish World Watch (JWW), a...

Prison to Promised Land

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Morris “Moe” Treibitz is doing surprisingly well today, having survived homelessness, heroin addiction and a decade in prison for armed robbery. Sitting on the tree-enclosed...

Melanie Mayron: From ‘Thirtysomething’ to Sixtysomething

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Actress and director Melanie Mayron has managed to carve out a long career in Hollywood. Now 65 years old, she landed her first role...

Tales of Jewish Diversity

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At “United Colors of Jews — A Storytelling Event,” members of the community got an opportunity to share stories of their diverse backgrounds and...

Screenwriter Ed Solomon’s Excellent Adventure

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By the time Ed Solomon was 21, while he was still a student at UCLA, he was a staff writer on the ABC sitcom...

Land of Milk and Funny

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American Jews’ relationship to Israel can be complex and emotional, but in Avi Liberman’s case, it’s also humorous. Since 2001, Liberman has successfully arranged...

Phil Rosenthal’s 3 Desires: ‘See Everything, Do Everything, Eat Everything’

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Phil Rosenthal is best known as the creator, writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” starring Ray Romano....

Why Study Our History?

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Why in the world would anyone want to study Jewish history? This was the question addressed by David N. Myers at a Feb. 13...

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

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From the dawn of time — or at least for the past two centuries — it seems as if Jews have been obsessed with...

An Intimate Evening with David Broza: A Benefit for All Children in Israeli Hospitals

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In the middle of the night, in grave danger, Syrian mothers bring their critically ill and wounded children to the Israeli border. Once there,...

Satirical Songs Deliver Cutting Wit

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On a recent Sunday, I came to a crossroads in my life, where I was forced to make an important choice: either do my...

Relax, It’s Jewish Meditation!

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You’re not going to believe this: There are actually full-grown, college-educated Jewish human beings who are completely unaware of the existence of something called...
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