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Friday, July 3, 2020

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Naomi Pfefferman

1207 ARTICLES

‘Chosen’ Offers Lessons of Acceptance

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Chaim Potok’s beloved novel, “The Chosen,” the tale of two teenagers — one Chasidic, one Modern Orthodox...

Film Reveals Woman’s Struggles for Her Art

At one point in the 40-minute documentary “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” artist Mindy Alper rocks back and forth, her hands...

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One…

Sam Hoffman is perhaps best known for his popular video web series, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” which spotlights, well, old Jews telling jokes —...

Rena Hirsch: Her Life Is ‘Being of Service to God’

Rena Hirsch, who is participating in a chaplaincy internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has comforted stroke, heart attack and cancer patients, as well as...

Nancy Mishkin: A Cancer Survivor Leads the Way

In 2004, Nancy Mishkin, a professional sculptor and a philanthropist, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I was scared to death. I was certain I was...

Screenwriter Sees Biblical Parallel in ‘The Post’

For Joshua Singer, the Golden Globe-nominated co-screenwriter of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” there’s something biblical in the tale of how The Washington Post and...

Alex Borstein and Her ‘Maisel’ Character: ‘We’re Both Like Little Bulldogs’

Actress Alex Borstein plays Susie Myerson, a wannabe stand-up comedy manager on Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the most Jewish new show on TV....

Orthodox Teen Lifts Weights, Peers’ Hopes

In the documentary “Supergirl,” Naomi Kutin, a Modern Orthodox tween, grunts as she hoists a barbell almost three times her body weight. Her face...

With ‘Mrs. Maisel,’ Creator Goes Back in Time, Just for Laughs

When Amy Sherman-Palladino was growing up in Van Nuys, her father, the former Catskills comic Don Sherman, would hold court in the backyard with...

Latter Day Jew Wants Jews to Hear His Story of Love and Conversion

“I was raised Mormon, poor, in the Midwest; turned out kind of gay, got a little cancer, then converted to Judaism. Try putting all...

Q&A with Rob Reiner on LBJ, Trump and Meg Ryan’s Famous Scene

Director and political activist Rob Reiner, 70, is perhaps best known for his iconic films “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Princess Bride.” Before...

Ghinsberg’s ‘Jungle’ Adventure Finds Its Way From the Amazon to the Big Screen

One night during the 20 days Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg was lost in the Bolivian Amazon, he was wrapped tightly in his mosquito net...

‘Marshall’ Portrays Justice’s Early Work and a Golden Era of Black-Jewish Relations

In 1940, nearly three decades before he became the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was asked to serve...

CEO designs puppy adoption website that’s a breed apart

From 2004 to 2014, Greg Liberman helped Jewish couples come together as an executive and eventually the CEO of Spark Networks, parent company of...

Paul Rudnick’s humor lightens an otherwise serious ‘Big Night’

Playwright-author Paul Rudnick chatted breezily on the Culver City set of his new comic drama, “Big Night,” engaging in the kind of banter that...

Director Jeremy Kagan takes aim at effects of gun violence in ‘Shot’

When filmmaker Jeremy Kagan first watched the gangster-film classic “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967, he was taken not only with the brilliance of the...

Wandering Jew leads Glen Berger on path to ‘Underneath the Lintel’

Glen Berger’s 1999 play, “Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences,” began when “I was getting over a breakup, living with my...

Better brisket than bubbe’s? Eric Greenspan has new recipe

When chef Eric Greenspan was growing up in Fullerton and Calabasas, a fork-tender brisket always graced his family’s Rosh Hashanah dinner table. The recipe...

Film tells story of daring creators of ‘Curious George’

In June 1940, children’s book authors Hans and Margret Rey were alarmed by Nazi troops approaching Paris, blasting canon fire in the distance. Both...

Art, history converge in Grunwald archive

On an early May morning in the mid-1930s, Gestapo officials barged into Fred Grunwald’s apartment building near Düsseldorf, demanding of the landlady, “Where is...

L.A. icon Angelyne is the Jewish daughter of Holocaust survivors

Remember those billboards around Los Angeles in the 1990s sporting a bosomy blonde named Angelyne?  Back in the days before the Kardashians, she was...

‘Transparent’ season four: On to Israel

“I am going to Israel,” the transgender character Maura Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor, proclaims in the trailer for the fourth season of the Amazon...

‘Icarus’ director points camera at doping scientist, international intrigue

Before Bryan Fogel embarked upon his debut documentary, “Icarus,” which revolves around Russia’s Olympic doping program, he was “desperate to not be the ‘Jewtopia’...

‘Transparent’ Season 4: On to Israel

“I am going to Israel,” the transgender character Maura Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor, proclaims in the trailer for the fourth season of the...

Celebrities respond as Tamar Geller unleashes puppy love to train dogs

Israeli-born dog trainer Tamar Geller sat in her Bel Air living room surrounded by five well-mannered, tail-wagging canines, including Oliver, her golden retriever, who...

Miniseries adds Jewish context to Fitzgerald’s ‘Last Tycoon’

While F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t delve deeply into the Jewish identity of the young studio executive at the heart of his unfinished novel “The...

‘Menashe’ director takes unorthodox path for story of ultra-Orthodox single father

Filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein has shot documentaries throughout Asia and Africa, but in 2014 he aspired to explore a unique community closer to his...

Jewish roots, Chinese heritage merge in ‘King of the Yees’

Combine a director’s Jewish roots with a playwright’s Chinese heritage and the result is a quirky comic play that shows the two cultures have...

Documentary producer Sheila Nevins turns spotlight on herself in new book

More than 50 years ago, Sheila Nevins — who now is HBO’s esteemed president of documentary films — was nervous and thrilled when her...

Jacob Zelonky: Taking his talents to London

AGE: 18 HIGH SCHOOL: Van Nuys High School Performing Arts Magnet GOING TO: London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art Sitting at home in Sherman Oaks, Jacob...

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