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  • 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

  • Continuing Viral Success, Scott Gairdner Impersonates Jesse Eisenberg

    By Ryan Torok

    June 17, 2011 | 11:59 am

    Like a lot of comedians, Scott Gairdner, who has achieved online celebrity via YouTube and comedy sites, is self-conscious—and he admits it.

    “The internet is great for someone like me, who is far too nervous to get ahead by working the standup scene or something like that,”... read on

  • Commentary Magazine’s “Why Jews Laugh at Themselves”

    By Ryan Torok

    June 5, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    Over the weekend, I stumbled onto “Why Jews Laugh at Themselves,” an article written by Hillel Halkin that was published in Commentary Magazine in 2006. (Unless you purchase the article for $4.95, you can only read the abstract.)

    In the Commentary article, Halkin, who has also... read on

  • Mark LeVine: on plane to Egypt, all journalists pretending not to be…

    By Ryan Torok

    March 3, 2011 | 2:29 am

    Before speaking at the Levantine Cultural Center on Wednesday night, Mark LeVine, a history professor at UC Irvine and the author of “Heavy Metal Islam,” discussed the unusual plane ride to Egypt during the revolution there. Watch below for segment from the interview.

    The event, a... read on

  • Yorke’s Vocals Shine on New Radiohead Album “King of Limbs”

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2011 | 3:38 am

    Who would’ve thought? The new Radiohead album, “King of Limbs,” released on February 18 as a digital download, is a singer-songwriter record.

    Aside from the sultry lead single “Lotus Flower,” the strongest tracks are the slowest ones: “Codex,” which is mostly singer... 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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