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  • Harold Ramis, dead at 69

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The Chicago Tribue has reported that Harold Ramis died at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday.

    The cause of death was "complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels," the Tribune said. 

    He was 69-years-old.

    Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, provided the cause and time of the comedy filmmaker's death, the newspaper reports.

  • Survivor, 110, dies as film on her life vies for Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2014 | 1:05 am

    Alice Herz-Sommer, at 110 the oldest known Holocaust survivor, died Sunday (2/23) in London, after starring in a documentary on her life up for a possible Oscar win on March 2.

    Her death in a London hospital after a brief illness was confirmed by her grandson, Ariel Sommer, who... read on

  • L.A. Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander splits $1 million prize

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    UPDATE [Feb. 21, 11 a.m.]: The Dan David Prize will be presented to Friedlander during a ceremony at Tel Aviv University on May 18.

    UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a $1 million award with Polish... read on

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  • Tom Friedman: B.D.S. ignores Israel’s “complexities”

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's latest op-ed spotlights the efforts of Hossam Haick. The Israeli-Arab professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will be leading a MOOC (massive open online course) on nanotechnology. Because the course will be available in... read on

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman was honest and unmerciful

    By Ryan Torok

    February 2, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2. He was 46.

    When the news of his sudden, tragic death broke, I was speechless.

    Hoffman was more than a film actor. He was also a theater actor and director. He was a father. He leaves behind three children.

    But, if I may, I’d... read on

  • A Seal of Purity

    by Revital Belz

    January 31, 2014 | 9:20 am

    By the time my husband was twelve years old all four of his grandparents had passed away. When he shared this with me my heart cried out for him. I never merited to meet my grandfathers, but my two grandmothers have been and continue to be two of the most influential women in my... read on

  • Gov. Jerry Brown: ‘California and Israel can lead together…’

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Governor Jerry Brown, appearing as keynote speaker at an American-Jewish Committee-Los Angeles event on Wed., Jan. 29, highlighted the potential for future environmentally-focused partnerships between California and the Jewish State.

    “We’re going to make another initiative, on... read on

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