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  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Getting ready for November’s elections

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 8, 2008 | 3:08 am

    More than 300 young professionals members of the local Iranian Jewish “30 Years After” organization gathered at a private residence in Beverly Hills late last month to encourage political activism in the community.

    Our blog’s podcast caught up with a number of young professionals at the event who shed light on how Southern California’s Iranian Jews will most likely be voting in the 2008 presidential race.

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • AUDIO: Al Jolson stars as ‘The Jazz Singer’—Lux Radio Theatre 1947

    By The Web Guy

    July 6, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    From The Radio Hall of Fame:

    “Lux…presents Hollywood!”

    These words introduced broadcast radio’s biggest and most important dramatic program. For two decades, The Lux Radio Theatre presented radio versions of movie attractions, current or coming, while the biggest names in...

  • AUDIO: Interview with author Rebecca Goldstein

    June 25, 2008 | 5:43 pm



    Eric Tomb talks with Rebecca Goldstein about her philosophical studies Betraying Spinoza: Ther Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity and Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Goedel and novels The Mind-Body Problem, Mazel and Properties of Light. He...

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  • AUDIO: The Jewish Bob Dylan (June 15, 1972)

    June 24, 2008 | 10:32 pm


    Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of...

  • Iranian Jews grapple with tragic death and violence in the community

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm


    Bianca Khalili's friends posted this tribute on YouTube


    On May 26, 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student Bianca Khalili fell to her death from the 15th floor of an apartment building in Century City.

    The girl's passing -- homicide has been ruled out by the police -- has...

  • Will ‘President Obama’ be good for Israel?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 8, 2008 | 1:01 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Although Israeli officialdom is not commenting on the possibility of a Barack Obama presidency, in private some officials in Jerusalem are expressing mixed feelings about the prospect.

    There are concerns in some government quarters that Obama (D-Ill.), the...

  • Shavuot 5768: Creative twists fill large field of holiday events

    By Amy Klein

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Three days before revelation, the ancient Jews prepared themselves to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai. Had they been around today, one might ask, would their ritual have taken place at a wine bar? Or by practicing yoga? Or staging a dramatic play?

    Those are some of the more...

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