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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Roberto Loiederman

106 ARTICLES

Tuskegee Airmen, Tree of Life Rabbi Honored As Wiesenthal Center Releases Medal of Valor Films

In March, when Los Angeles’s cultural institutions went into lockdown, The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Richard Trank and his colleagues pondered how the center could...

The Moment My Life Changed

During Bob Porter’s funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, as the rabbi talked about the man’s family and his virtues, I recalled how Bob...

Sephardic Jews Are Fighting for Their History to be Represented

In 1952, on South La Brea Avenue, a restaurant called Robaire’s opened for business. It had stereotypical Parisian décor, a fantasized French atmosphere and...

VBS Hosts Times Columnist’s Talk on Homelessness

After Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez talked about homelessness at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) on Jan. 22, several people approached him, wanting to...

Film About Porto’s Jewish Community Raises Questions About Its Funding

You may not have heard of Artur Carlos de Barros Basto, but when you watch “Sefarad,” a new 90-minute feature produced by the small...

Shoah Survivors Featured in David Kassan Paintings at USC

Surrounded by painter David Kassan’s moving and painstakingly detailed portraits of Holocaust survivors, Executive Director of USC Museums Selma Holo quoted novelist Hermann Hesse:...

‘Hippie Woman Wild’ Memoir Takes Jewish Women’s Theatre

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as part of a scattershot back-to-the-land movement, hundreds of communes cropped up throughout the U.S. Young men...

Music of Two Jewish Émigrés Performed at Colburn School

In his book about 20th-century symphonic music, “The Rest Is Noise,” Alex Ross writes that in the early 1900s, young European artists were determined...

New Chamber Group Performs Piece Influenced by Shoah Experience

The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO) has announced the creation of a new musical group, the Contemporary Adventure Ensemble (CAE), which brings some of...

‘Defiant Requiem’: They Sang to the Nazis What They Could Not Say

In 1943-44, at Terézin, a hybrid ghetto/concentration camp in the Czech Republic, 150 Jewish prisoners, led by a remarkable conductor, sang Verdi’s “Requiem” as...

LAMOTH Focuses on Conflicts’ Violence Against Women

A new exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) urges the visitor to think of war, genocide and mass atrocities in...

Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing, 25 Years (and No Convictions) Later

At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a suicide bomber in a Renault van detonated more than 600 pounds of...

‘Songstruck’ Leaves Audience Awestruck

On a recent rainy Saturday night, facing a full house in the roomy sanctuary at West Hills Shomrei Torah Synagogue, Jackie Rafii, the shul’s...

Toledo’s Ancient Jewish Quarter Stirs Old Anxieties

In the southwestern part of the walled city of Toledo, Spain, three large symbols are painted in the middle of the narrow street: a...

Berlin-Based Klezmer Musician Heads to Pico Union Project

“Nightmare visions you can dance to.”  That’s what Ron Kadish, Daniel Kahn’s publicist, says about “The Butcher’s Share,” a new album by the klezmer group...

New Album Brings Reggae to Jewish Songs and Prayers

How about something different this year for Hanukkah? How about some reggae? That’s what you’ll get with “Festival of Lights,” the creation of David Solid...

Remembering a Forgotten Comic Who Died Young

San Francisco. 1966. I’m in the audience watching The Committee, a cutting-edge improv group known for its stinging social and political satire. The emcee introduces...

Joel’s Rules for Living

I consider myself a Joel-ite, as do a few of my friends. Or is it Joel-ian? If the Joel cult grows, I suppose we’ll...

Darshan’s ‘Raza’: An Innovative Musical Adaptation of Kabbalat Shabbat

What happens when two Jewish musicians shaped by different life experiences come together to create a 21st-century take on Kabbalat Shabbat? The result is “Raza,”...

Israeli Troubadour Is All About Harmony

Don’t call Gabriel Meyer Halevy’s 90-minute gatherings — filled with spiritual music and storytelling — performances. He prefers “prayer-formances.” A committed Israeli social activist in...

Hebrew Literary Journal in Danger of Shutting Down

In his office on the third floor of UCLA’s Humanities Building, professor Lev Hakak proudly displays copies of Hador (“The Generation”), believed to be...

At Valley Beth Shalom, a Sephardic Service With a Twist

It was Friday night at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) when Rabbi Ed Feinstein explained the difference between how Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews pray. “Sephardim...

Remembering a ‘Forgotten Kingdom’

“Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” sounds like the name of a sword-and-sorcery television show. The truth, though, is that it’s a theatrical musical presentation that...

Viver Brasil show marks 20 years of Afro-Brazilian dance

The Afro-Brazilian dance company Viver Brasil premiered a dance-and-music performance called “Revealed” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last year — not inside the hall,...

Anita Brenner: A bridge to mexican art, culture

Anita Brenner might be the most noteworthy 20th-century cultural figure you’ve never heard of but that’s about to change. An exhibition about her, “Another...

Getty features Jewish photographers in Argentina exhibition

During her long life, Grete Stern was recognized as an influential force in 20th century photography, not just in Argentina — where she lived...

Organizers hope solidarity march starts annual interfaith tradition

Just as Jim Kaufman, emeritus rabbi at Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, started to speak at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church...

Odessa/Havana ensemble returns to Skirball with new vocalist

Remembered for its spellbinding performance at the Skirball Cultural Center 10 years ago, David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana ensemble will return with its blend of Jewish...

Chloé Pourmorady Ensemble to visit Skirball

Of the countless folded paper wishes and hopes stuck between the massive stones of Jerusalem’s Western Wall — ostensibly, mail for HaShem — Chloé...

Chabad Pesach concert with a Latin flavor

The Spanish word for a musical or theatrical performance is espectáculo. With its suggestion of spectacle, it’s an apt description of the show to...

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ViacomCBS Drops Nick Cannon Over ‘Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories’

ViacomCBS announced on July 14 that it is ceasing its relationship with actor Nick Cannon for spreading “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” In its statement, Viacom said...

Dutch Government Threatens to Fine Store Selling Wine From Hebron Labeled as Made in Israel

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Dutch government inspectors said they would fine a store selling wine from the West Bank city of Hebron that is labeled...

Chabad of Poway Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot during the Chabad of Poway attack in 2019, pleaded guilty on July 14 to what federal authorities called...

Missouri Gov. Signs Anti-BDS Bill Into Law

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill into law on July 13 barring the state government from providing contracts to companies that...

Ilhan Omar Endorsed by Nancy Pelosi as Opponent Raises Millions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, lent her considerable weight to the reelection bid of Rep. Ilhan...
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