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Who is Roger Diamond?

By David Suissa

February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

Put yourself in the shoes of this Jewish man. You're a lawyer representing the interests of a strip club called Skins, which has been in a long, drawn-out battle with the city and... read full article
  • Detail of the week

    By David Suissa

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In one of the oldest synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation Mogen David, located on the western edge of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, the rabbis have created their own version of "Saturday Night Live."

    During the winter months, from 7-8 p.m. every Saturday night, children and...

  • Rebbe Road

    By David Suissa

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If the great Maimonides ever came back to life and found himself in Los Angeles, chances are he'd look for a house on a small street called Detroit, between Oakwood Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, one block west of La Brea Avenue. There are no holier streets in Los Angeles.

    This little...

  • L.A. woman

    By David Suissa

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Ruthie Rotenberg couldn't make up her mind. She had to choose between two amazing jobs. One was connected to the future of Jewish education in America; the other could potentially re-energize the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    In the past, Ruthie would always seek the advice of her...

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  • Street fight

    By David Suissa

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The Brooklyn-born activist rose from his seat, walked slowly to the microphone, cleared his throat, and in front of a couple of hundred fellow activists assembled in an auditorium on a chilly Wednesday night, expressed his righteous indignation.

    "We are tired of being used as...

  • Rabbi Meir Abehsera: Remembering the possible Jew

    By David Suissa

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Meir Abehsera passed away in Jerusalem on June 6, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Claude, and seven children. This is a column that David Suissa wrote in 2008 about his relationship with Abehsera.


    You might call it the slap that launched a very interesting life.

    Meir...

  • Law and disorder

    By David Suissa

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Only in Los Angeles can you have a convention of Orthodox Jews where the keynote address is given by a woman named Bacon, the special guest speaker is a famous

    Hollywood film critic and the executive director begins his Shabbat sermon by talking about Christmas.

    I'm referring to the...

  • Charedi yuppies

    By David Suissa

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Moshe Shapoff was blown away by the look of the building. He was seeing it on a computer screen in three dimensions, and he couldn't believe the level of detail. It was a redesign of a residential building in Jerusalem, which the architect had made bigger, more modern and certainly...

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