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  • Best Jewish Pic: 103 Year Old Iranian Woman Rescued

    By Rob Eshman

    February 2, 2009 | 8:23 pm

    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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  • Teresa Strasser Shines…and Bows to Robin Quivers

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    Teresa Strasser loves her husband, her job, writing, recovery and Robin Quivers.  That’s the gist of what she tells LAist.com in a full-length interview today.

    Strasser is the co-host of the morning drive time Adam Carolla Show on KLSX-FM 97.1.  She’s also an on-air personality for... read on

  • Who should replace John Fishel?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 28, 2009 | 3:39 pm

    Who do you think should replace John Fishel?

    The president and CEO of the Jewish Federation holds one of the most powerful and important roles in the Jewish community.  The Federation president oversees the largest budget and staff of any Los Angeles Jewish institution and has the... read on

  • Dangerous memes: When ideas can kill [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    January 4, 2009 | 3:51 am

    Philosopher Daniel Dennett says ideas can live and evolve just like living organisms—for better or for worse.  (Dennett is the author of one of my favorite books “Conciousness Explained.”)

    These living, evolving ideas are called memes.

    Some memes turn into dangerous ideological... read on

  • Hamas hate at two Irvine synagogues, picketers on Wilshire [VIDEO]

    By Tom Tugend

    January 2, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    Police in Irvine are investigating as hate crimes the posting of anti-Israel and pro-Hamas posters at two synagogues.

    Three letter-sized, hand-written signs were discovered Tuesday (12/30) at Beth Jacob, an Orthodox congregation. One poster proclaimed “Gaza—The
    New Shoah” and a... read on

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