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  • Four rules of Israel engagement

    May 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    This past March, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a strategic partnership agreement, they weren’t just aiming to facilitate collaboration between Israeli industries and Californian counterparts. They were strengthening the robust...

  • Is Your School Too Persian?  Is Beverly Hills Too Jewish?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 14, 2014 | 7:09 am

    There is an open wound that is infecting all Jews in Los Angeles.  While across the street UCLA students are battling rampant anti-Semitism, at many of our temples and schools, we are facing anti-Persian bigotry.  "This school is way too Persian. I wouldn't send my kids there." ...

  • Twenty-One Topics Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Discuss with You!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    1. I just signed up for Obamacare. Can you write off the $2000 deductible? Can you accept insurance only?

    2. I did a Google search and I strongly disagree with your treatment.

    3. I subscribe to a letter that comes from Harvard which says Statins are poison. Can you read it and...

  • Mom, It’s Not My Fault!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 11, 2014 | 7:16 am

    When I was a child, my mother would invite over some thirty people and cook for fifty.  Five minutes before the guests' arrival, panic would set in, and she would instruct me not to eat any food until they left, lest the feast come short.  After the grand departure, she would over...

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  • Don’t think outside the box!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 7, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    “Think outside the box” we hear repeatedly. Often the wit of a sharp phrase destroys years of conventional wisdom.  Recently, my brother popped the question.  Looking over the glorious proposal album, I noticed the all important ring inside the box.  All things vital are guarded...

  • Vermont Avenue communities on display in Santa Monica

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 7, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Nearly every day for a year and a half, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg woke up at 7 a.m. and traveled along one of Los Angeles’ longest streets, Vermont Avenue. She’d snap photos of the people on the street, capturing scenes from the various distinct neighborhoods. These photos are on...

  • Magbit Foundation Awards Rabbi David Wolpe with Humanitarian Award

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 2, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Out of a dark and narrow place, I reached out to Rabbi Wolpe.  It was the Passover day he delivered his famous sermon questioning the historical accuracy of The Exodus.  I sent him a long email, fully expecting to be ignored.  Instead, I received a thoughtful and kind response from...

  • When Will Morality Win?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the Ukraine, the Donald Sterling Fiasco, etc. We are living in a time that is rife with Moral Issues and we seem to be making Free-Will IMMORAL choices rather than Free-Will MORAL choices. What is happening? I don’t claim to have THE...

  • The Taboo of Mental Illness.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 30, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    I received a panic call from Jim, who had been a patient for over ten years.  His five year old daughter had passed out.  Amanda was rushed to the ICU for new onset diabetes.  After stabilization, she was transferred by helicopter to a university hospital for an insulin pump...

  • Man Mammograms for Jews, A Breathless News Release You’ll Never Read

    By Pini Herman

    April 30, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research just released a finding that Korean women have the lowest rate of recent mammograms. The press release neglected to mention that those same women are likely to have the lowest rates of breast cancer deaths in the U.S.

    Not so with Ashkenazi...

  • It’s time to clean up L.A. garment industry’s dirty secret

    April 30, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Last year’s disastrous Rana Plaza collapse and a series of deadly factory fires resulted in much ink being spilled about how to improve conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. But, much closer to home, we have our own dirty garment secret.

    There are some 5,000 garment...

  • Sterling: Upholding the Los Angeles cultural status quo

    April 29, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Late in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction, Marsellus Wallace—a criminal boss played by Ving Rhames—banishes prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) from Southern California. “You lost all your L.A. privileges,” Rhames says with lethal menace, and Willis quickly leaves...

  • A Decisive Tension

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 25, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been thinking about how we live in the tension of the both/and rather than the either/or. Both/And is the state of recognizing the total reality, a way to see the whole picture of living. Either/or is the state of right/wrong, and, in my opinion, a...

  • Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    By Tera Greene

    April 25, 2014 | 1:18 am

    Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    TONIGHT!
    APRIL 25th
    Los Angeles, CA
     

    ~~
    I was able to get Co-Founder of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC (PEWO), Somerset Waters, to take a moment out of his very busy schedule to discuss more about PEWO.
    Check out...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 23, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg is not optimistic that Iran will abandon its nuclear program. 

    During an April 1 community event with Rabbi David Wolpe titled “Are the United States and Israel on a Collision Course Over Iran?” the national correspondent at The Atlantic and...

  • Einstein in L.A.

    April 21, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    When Albert and Elsa Einstein first visited in January 1931, the Jews of Los Angeles were besotted.

    A hundred women and men, representatives of almost every Jewish organization in the city, gathered hastily to plan an event to honor of the couple.  They rented the most lavish...

  • Community of Healing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 18, 2014 | 9:25 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Each month we receive the Catholic Agitator, the newspaper from The Catholic Worker, an organization started by Dorothy Day. The main articles always deal with some principle of being loyal to God or, in my words, Being on God's Side. This month was about...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 16, 2014 | 9:56 pm

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 14, 2014 | 8:02 am

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 11, 2014 | 11:39 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I...

  • Passover: Using Our Time Wisely.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 10, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Time.  Time is all we have.  It is running out.  The desert sands drop a grain at a time through the narrowness of the hour glass.

    “Why, as the inventors of the world’s first fast food, Matza, do we eat it during the longest meal of the year, the Seder?”

    As refugees to the...

  • Don’t Passover the Moment

    By Chava Tombosky

    April 9, 2014 | 4:04 pm

    There are so many mundane tasks that can consume us on an every day basis. Between answering emails, calling the plumber for that leak in the bathroom, folding laundry, rushing to drop off carpool, rushing to pick up carpool, organizing the garage for the umpteenth time, meeting...

  • Urban farm is a little piece of paradise for local couple

    April 9, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    Larraine and Clive Segil don’t have to go far to get fresh eggs. They head out their kitchen door, up a few steps, past the Alpine and pygmy goats, to the chicken coop, where some 30 chickens and 20 quail produce a bounty of eggs in pastel colors you never see in your neighborhood...

  • Let my people go ... to Hancock Park

    April 9, 2014 | 11:34 am

    With an entire kosher section stocked with Passover foods in the Ralphs market on La Brea Avenue and Third Street, one might think that Hancock Park always has been a very Jewish neighborhood.

    The presence in the area of Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Congregation Etz Chaim, plus minyans...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    April 7, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • A Father’s Last Wish

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 4, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one.

    Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old man...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 31, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • Moving and Shaking: Ted Sarandos honored, Persian New Year and Righteous Conversations Project PSAs

    By Ryan Torok

    March 28, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Entertainment industry titans gathered to honor the man of the moment, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance dinner on March 18. The event raised $1.6 million.

    Sarandos, who is responsible for Netflix hits “House of...

  • Science and Mysticism.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 26, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    In my second year of Medical School, during cadaveric dissections, I was struck by how limited our brains are.  We tease apart the dead to unravel the mysteries of life.  How odd!  Friends are shocked to see a physician with background in microbiology drawn to mysticism.  Trying to...

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