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Jewish genetic testing offered

By Jared Sichel

9 hours ago

Photo via shutterstock.com

Tammy Rubin wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of getting blood drawn by a phlebotomist. At least there was apple juice — and the prospect of life-changing knowledge — afterward.

The UCLA... read full article

  • Local mom-athoner pounds pavement for a cure

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    Shannon Griefer ran a 135-mile ultramarathon in Death Valley in the middle of July, across the scorching hot terrain in the glow of the fiery sun. 

    And on April 13, she was slated to run 135 miles, this time to benefit reserch into a condition she was diagnosed with in 2005:...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared in a panel discussion on “Israel, America and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014” on March 19 at Sinai Temple.

    During the event, Ross expressed pessimism about the prospect of U.S. Secretary of...

  • Exceptional minds

    by Leila Miller

    2 weeks ago

    "American Hustle” racked up 10 Oscar nominations this year — all with the help of four young adults on the autism spectrum.

    The group provided technical expertise — color correction and the visual effects technique known as rotoscoping — for the film, thanks to skills they...

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  • One man’s mission to end modern slavery

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Aaron Cohen resists the label “slave hunter.” It smacks of Civil War-era racism, the name used for people who tracked down runaway slaves and returned them to their owners. They were the bad guys in a very dark time, as Cohen wrote in his 2009 memoir, “Slave Hunter: One Man’s...

  • Rabbis’ mass head-shaving inspired by ‘Superman Sam’ raises nearly $600K

    by Julie Wiener

    3 weeks ago

    This week, 73 North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.

    As part of a campaign that raised more than $570,000 for pediatric cancer research, approximately 60 male and female rabbis voluntarily shaved their heads on Tuesday night...

  • Conversion: George Guzman

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    3 weeks ago

    George Guzman, 45, grew up in a Catholic home in Corona, Calif., and though he served as an altar boy at his local church, he never felt connected with the religion. In 1995, he turned his back on Catholicism forever.

    It happened when Guzman, who now lives in Long Beach and works...

  • Many doubt report on Iranian-Jewish captives

    By Karmel Melamed

    3 weeks ago

    Los Angeles-area Iranian-Jewish activists are expressing doubt about a recent report from the Israeli intelligence agency that a group of Jews fleeing Iran during the 1990s were, in fact, kidnapped and then murdered.

    On March 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office...

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