Jewish Journal

Best Jewish Pic: 103 Year Old Iranian Woman Rescued

By Rob Eshman

February 2, 2009 | 8:23 pm

Heshmat Elyasian

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. (HIAS)

  • Orthodox rabbi explains why he defied peers to participate in Obama prayer service

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 2, 2009 | 4:07 pm

    Rabbi Haskell Lookstein received a standing ovation for his sermon a few weeks ago, when he explained to his congregation why his decision to participate in the National Prayer Service following Barack Obama’s inauguration was the right thing to do as an Orthodox rabbi – contrary... read on

  • Synagogue Attack in Venzuela

    By Rob Eshman

    February 1, 2009 | 5:28 pm

    The Spanish language report below provides breaking news on the Caracas synagogue attack.  According to the report, 15 unknown men broke into the main Caracas shul on Friday night, Jan. 31.  They spent 5 hours there, muzzled 2 guards, destroyed the offices and the areas where Torahs... read on

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