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Pulitzer winner in prize form

By Stoddard Martin, May 9, 2014

Traditionally, poetry has given order to the wayward word. Rhyme, metre, regularity of stanza — all give shape to a story or lyrical idea. Prose might perambulate — its paragraphs of different sizes, its dialogue recording language as spoken, not the stuff of incantation.

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In LA, Passover comes with a different topping

By Suzanne Levy , April 14, 2014

Fancy a takeaway matzah pizza? A week off email? Or a Seder in the wilderness? American Jews are finding more ways this year to push the boundaries of Passover, propelled by a desire to make it more spiritually meaningful — or just easier to fit into a busy life.

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Hollywood’s record now, not in the 1930s, is what matters

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2013

It's a plot ready-made for a film classic, one Frank Capra himself could have written. Mr Smith goes to Berlin, perhaps. The major players in a certain industry have for decades cultivated an image of respectability, heroism, of being on the side of the little guy. But then one man exposes them as collaborators; villains working on the side of evil.

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Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939

By Nathan Abrams, May 17, 2013

The 1930s are fondly remembered as the beginning of a golden age for Hollywood. The studios were dominated by Jews who operated a highly sophisticated oligopoly - the "dream factory"- and churned out as many as a film a day.

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Youngest Jew saved by Schindler mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

The youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler has died at the age of 83.

In the 70 years since Leon Leyson was given a second chance by the heroic German businessman, he emigrated to America, served in the US army and carved out a career in teaching. Mr Leyson was married for 46 years and is survived by six grandchildren.

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Jewish singers Haim tipped as Sound of 2013

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2013

A trio of Jewish singers from Los Angeles is being tipped to dominate the 2013 music industry.

Sisters Danielle, Este and Alana, who together make up the soft rock group Haim – the band is named after their surname – topped the BBC's annual "Sound of" poll this week. Past winners of the award have included Jessie J and Adele.

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Stevie Wonder pulls out of Israel fundraiser after boycott pressure

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2012

Stevie Wonder has bowed to political pressure and pulled out of a fundraising concert in Los Angeles in support of the Israeli Defence Forces.

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Hotel did discriminate against Jews, jury finds

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

A jury has found that the Muslim owner of a fashionable hotel in California discriminated against a Jewish group.

The case came after an event in July 2010 was arranged at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica in aid of an Israeli charity that helps the children of fallen IDF soldiers to go to summer camps.

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Santa Monica: La Dolce Vita

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was 7.30am one December morning and I was stretching my limbs in the bright morning sun to the softly spoken instructions of yoga teacher Lauren Eckstrom from ESP Wellness Center. She gently coaxed out more length and deeper breaths until I could almost touch the bright blue skies.

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Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 3, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

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