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Oldest Jewish Immigrant From Iran Arrives in L.A.

by Karmel Melamed

March 25, 2009 | 4:45 am

Heshmat Elyasian, nearly 103 years old, at Los Angeles International Airport, where she arrived with her son and his family. An Iranian Jewish client of HIAS, the international migration agency, Heshmat is the oldest refugee in HIAS records, which date back to 1909, and may be the oldest ever to arrive in the United States. Photo by HIAS

After living in Iran for more than a century, witnessing the rise and fall of three kings and the upheaval of an Islamic... read full article

  • Grandma Who?

    By Eileen Douglas

    March 25, 2009 | 4:41 am

    Growing up, I called my grandmother Grandma.

    We were Jewish, but also American. There was never any question but that my grandma would be Grandma. Even...

  • Never Too Old to Write a Letter ... of Torah

    By Lee Barnathan, Contributing Writer

    March 25, 2009 | 4:38 am

    The Jewish Home for the Aging has never had a Torah it could call its own. Since the home first opened in 1912, synagogues or individuals have donated...

  • Sun Blessing After 28 Years

    by Jane Ulman

    March 25, 2009 | 4:34 am

    April 8 marks the Blessing of the Sun.

    “The Blessing of the son?” asks my fourth-born, Danny, who coincidentally turns 18 on the same day.

    “That...

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  • Reunion Misgivings Give Way to Pride, Inspiration

    by Roberto Loiederman

    January 22, 2009 | 6:08 pm

    The e-mail was short and to the point: Several members of my 1952-1954 class at Garrison Junior High in northwest Baltimore — Class 215 — were holding...

  • ‘Original Grandparents’ Blog From Boyle Heights

    by Dikla Kadosh

    January 22, 2009 | 5:21 pm

    Barbara Cooper recalls being a snob when she was 14 years old. She and her family moved from New York to Los Angeles in the 1920s, and the predominantly...

  • Is It Smart to Teach Old Brains New Tricks?

    by Beth Baker

    January 22, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    Throw all the money you like at computer brainteasers. Just don’t bet the popular games will protect your gray matter any better than a host of other...

  • Active living is the key to successful aging

    By Judy Gruen

    December 18, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Dr. Roger Landry wishes senior citizens would stop acting their age. Landry, president of Masterpiece Living, LLC, a consulting firm for senior...

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