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  • Sarah Loew: An optimistic vision

    By Ryan Torok

    January 3, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Sarah Loew didn’t just create the Loew Vision Rehabilitation Institute, which improves the lives of people with permanent vision loss — she is also a patient of the facility.

    Approximately 10 years ago, when she was a 24-year-old struggling actress living in Los Angeles, doctors...

  • Orna Eilon: Connecting for cultural continuity

    By Dikla Kadosh

    January 3, 2013 | 11:53 am

    For thousands of years, Jews have lived as minority populations in various regions worldwide, surviving largely through their strong commitment to community. 

    Orna Eilon is continuing that tradition through tireless work as the unpaid CEO of the MATI Israeli Community Center, in...

  • Frank Nikbakht: Unflinching voice for Jews in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 3, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Nearly 13 years ago, 13 Jews living in the Iranian city of Shiraz were arrested on trumped-up charges of spying for Israel and were facing execution by the clerics who ruled Iran. At the time, many of the leaders of Southern California’s Iranian-Jewish community asked their fellow...

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  • Ashton Rosin: Bearing witness on campus

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel was recently asked if he feared future generations might forget the Holocaust once the last surviving witnesses had perished, he answered that he had quelled his anxiety over this problem with a simple dictum: “To listen to a witness,”...

  • Joel Lipton: With a little help from his lens

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2013 | 11:16 am

    When Joel Lipton, who has been a professional photographer for almost 30 years, first started shooting events for Big Sunday, at the time a one-day, annual volunteer event, he initially had some second thoughts about just how much the clicks of his camera were helping. 

    “You...

  • Al Ashley: Strengthening day schools

    By Rachel Heller

    January 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

    When Al Ashley first began peeking inside Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools to review their business practices, it was partly for personal reasons: He wanted to make sure his three children would get a sound education.

    “I thought, hopefully, it would be a benefit to our children,...

  • Connie and Harvey Lapin: Two-person army for their son

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 3, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Just try asking Connie and Harvey Lapin to recap 44 years as parent activists in the world of autism. In hyperactive tag-team, the couple bursts forth with stories and ideas, only to interrupt themselves and one another with still more anecdotes, ideas and accomplishments.

    In the...

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