CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1998
Ventura * The Ventura County Jewish Council--Temple Beth Torah in Ventura will observe the Jewish High Holidays in a series of services. The two most significant days of the season are Rosh Hashana--the Jewish new year--observed Sunday through Tuesday, and Yom Kippur--the Day of Atonement--which begins Sept. 29. The first Rosh Hashana service begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. At 10 a.m.
September 9, 2001 |
Jews in Germany. The image that comes to mind is of yellow stars and concentration camps, of exile and slaughter. For the 12 years of Nazi rule, to be a Jew in Germany was to be a victim. But Jewish history here spans 2,000 years, most of it peaceful and productive, and the full story is one that a new museum attempts to capture in both its pain and its glory.
October 30, 1998 |
The Italian film "Life Is Beautiful," a tragicomic fable set partly in a concentration camp, has revived the decades-old debate on the latitude allowed the creative artist in depicting the ultimate horror of the Holocaust. Particularly in the Jewish community, which holds the Nazi murder of the 6 million deeply in its collective memory, any perceived trivialization of the Holocaust in literature or film quickly inflames profound sensitivities and never-healed scars.
February 9, 1995 |
You wouldn't expect to find a camera crew in this man's Marina del Rey home. Generally unassuming, he now squirms under the light. The interviewer, an intense-looking woman in her 40s, leans forward, eyes narrowed. As the man speaks, his face is framed tight by the videographer. The questions are probing, relentless. At one point his voice catches and he breaks down, releasing a torrent of tears. "I can't go on," he pleads. "Shut it off."
April 30, 2011 |
Mazel tov to the bar mitzvah boy -- 65 years late. Branko Lustig has two Oscars and a slew of film and television production credits, among them "Schindler's List" and "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down" and the TV miniseries "War and Remembrance. " He also has a number, A3317, from his years as a young Croatian Jew imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. He is now, as well, the possessor of a tallit, the prayer shawl given to boys to mark their bar mitzvahs. Lustig was presented with his this month at Universal Studios, as a prelude to the rest of the ceremony, which is set for May 2 at a place he knows all too well: Barrack 24 at Auschwitz, one of the two camps Lustig survived.
April 30, 2000 |
Documentaries or documentariezzzzzz? A speech-making TV executive in another city tells me that he begins his public talks by asking how many in the audience favor having more documentaries on the air. Nearly every hand shoots up. Then he asks how many can name the last documentary they've watched. No hands. Rim shot. This unscientific polling persuades him that, to most Americans, documentaries make better lip service than viewing.
November 15, 2005 |
IT was probably the detailed discussion about the energy uses of cow manure that really threw me. Normally when I sit in on meetings at production companies, the talk is all about outrageous actor salary demands, insane shooting schedules and botched script development. But at Participant Productions, the self-absorption of the movie business feels as far away as a distant moon of Jupiter.
March 8, 1998 |
Howard Hersh Felder is just 29 years old, but a conversation with him is like a visit with an older, wiser relative you don't see very often. A great-uncle, maybe. Or a grandmother. Someone who's lived so long that there are few things left that don't remind the person of a story.