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  • New faces, new era

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 28, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    When voters in and around Los Angeles head to the polls on June 3, they will confront a buffet of candidates running for a wide array of powerful positions. A handful of Jewish candidates are among the hopefuls — including Ben Allen, the candidate for California’s state Senate...

  • The Undefeated Maya Angelou

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 28, 2014 | 7:51 am

    There are women in this world who become our collective mothers and heroes through unyielding kindness, female loving energy, sharp intellect, precise pen, and vulnerable hearts.

    No word can describe my love for Maya Angelou and what she meant to our world, only the fluttering in...

  • Obligation to Society

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 23, 2014 | 11:13 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am a Dinosaur. I have been looking at myself for many years now and, as of late, I realize how much my upbringing affects me. I have been looking at the world through both new and old eyes. I use the latest technology and cherish old ways of living. I am...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

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  • Left dripping at the mikveh

    May 21, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    What is your most powerful Jewish memory? Your bubbe’s creased hands as she covered her eyes before the flickering Shabbat candles? The sharp bite of maror and the sweet taste of grape juice at your parents’ seder table? Your first kiss at summer camp?

    These moments form...

  • Sons of Abraham: Talking Faith, Family and Friendship in the 21st Century

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 21, 2014 | 10:53 am

    A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”

    Actually, it’s a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the Accidental Talmudist. And the Christian, Jason...

  • What’s a boycott worth?

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 12:17 am

    If you walk up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hills Hotel on a Friday evening or Saturday morning, at the left side of the lobby, inside the Sunset Room, you’ll find an Orthodox Jewish prayer service.

    You’ll see the standard mechitzah dividing male and female worshippers,...

  • Don’t Forget Women’s Stroke Risk

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 19, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    Cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in women.  Heart attacks account for 24% and strokes 7% of all deaths.  Among minority women, these numbers are even higher.  The challenge remains that doctors traditionally have not identified women at high risk...

  • UCLA student court hears case against students who accepted Israel trips

    By Jared Sichel

    May 15, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campaign against UCLA’s pro-Israel movement became even more heated last week as the school’s undergraduate judicial board heard arguments in a case brought by SJP against two members of UCLA’s student government who had taken sponsored...

  • Magic Johnson: Donald Sterling won’t harm black-Jewish relations

    May 15, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Magic Johnson said Donald Sterling’s diminishing his charitable efforts in the African-American community would not harm relations between the Jewish and black communities.

    “One thing great about the African-American and Jewish communities is that they have worked well together...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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