Jewish Journal

Indie goes Jewish…Vol. 1

By Ryan Torok

February 4, 2014 | 3:43 pm

1. Vampire Weekend's "Ya Hey"
This song, which was titled to sound like Yahweh, draws on the book of Exodus, in which Moses asks God to tell him His name.
"Through the fire, through the... read on

  • Reflections on Christmas

    By Ryan Torok

    December 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    The barista working the Groundworks coffee shop in Santa Monica is a 20 something-year-old, with brown, curly hair, casual, skateboard-y clothes and black-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses. He is explaining to one of his customers, who is a tall and dark, handsome European, how his Jewish... read on

  • Meet Adam: Jewish paparazzi

    By Ryan Torok

    December 28, 2011 | 12:38 am

    Adam’s paparazzi, and he’s photographed the likes of Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson and the Kardashians. He works for a small agency that buys his photographs and distributes them to publications like People magazine. I met him in Beverly Hills, where he was “roaming” – a... read on

  • Elaine and Lee—on democratic empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Last weekend, I met Elaine and Lee, an older retired couple, in a Starbucks in the Santa Monica area. They were talking about Robert Reich, the former U.S. labor secretary to President Bill Clinton.

    I saw Reich speak not too long ago at an Occupy L.A. event, so I decided to strike... read on

  • Christopher Hitchens, the man who was interested in everything

    By Ryan Torok

    December 16, 2011 | 10:54 am

    I woke up this morning to a text message from my father: “Christopher Hitchens died.”

    The writer and public intellectual died on Dec. 15 at the age of 62 from esophageal cancer. Hitchens was 38-years-old when he found out that he was Jewish. 

    “He had an output to equal what... read on

  • Meet Eli Lipmen

    By Ryan Torok

    October 19, 2011 | 5:22 am

    Eli Lipmen, communications strategist for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles, was raised in Bermuda, the island and British colony in the Atlantic Ocean.

    “I used to wear Bermuda shorts,” said Lipmen, 28, in an interview, wearing a business suit—proper attire... read on

  • Getting deep at Occupy L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    October 15, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Yesterday, I was at Occupy L.A., asking people what that they were doing there, why’d they come – and I got the predictable responses: corporate greed, the income gap between the rich and the poor, rising unemployment, the endless, fruitless bickering between the right and left.... read on

  • Brain Cancer Survivor-Turned-Poet Judi Kaufman

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2011 | 3:04 am

    Brain cancer survivor Judi Kaufman has suffered through three brain tumors – yes, three. Her first diagnosis, back in 1997, was that she’d suffered a stroke, but the neuro-oncology department at UCLA identified it as a tumor, which might have saved her life.

    That’s why... read on

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Ryan Torok is a staff writer and community reporter at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where he has spent the past four years covering everything from social justice...

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