Aaron Schrank

Religion and Diaspora Reporter

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I help Angelenos understand the role religion plays in their daily lives and the lives of their neighbors, in a region that has long been a safe haven for oppressed religious and ethnic communities worldwide.

Stories by Aaron Schrank

Why was an acclaimed Spanish dancer en route to LA denied entry to US?

The Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles had to cancel performances by an acclaimed Spanish dancer this month after the performers were barred from entering the United States. Barcelona-based performance artist Marta Carrasco was set for an 11-day run at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. But the dancer and three colleagues were stopped last week after they landed in Seattle, before they could board their connecting flight to Los Angeles.

A New California Law Will Allow More Victims Of Childhood Sexual Abuse To Sue

The law suspends the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases for a three-year period starting in January.

Silverlake Independent JCC Blends Old And New Traditions In Yom Kippur Prayer Service

The fourth annual Yom Kippur service at the Jewish Community Center was led by Deanna Neil, the founder of ‘Pop-Up Shul.’

LA's Kurdish Community Condemns Trump's Syria Troop Withdrawal

The Turkish military is preparing to invade Northern Syria, following President Trump’s announcement he would pull U.S. troops from the region. Critics say the policy change would mean the U.S. abandoning Kurdish allies who have been leading the fight against ISIS.

Orange County High Schools Respond To Hate

In November, several members of Garden Grove's Pacifica High School boys' water polo team played a Nazi-era marching song through speakers at an off-campus event, hoisting their right arms in 'Sieg Heil' salutes. It wasn't the first Orange County high school to make headlines recently for hateful student behavior - or the last.

SoCal Catholics Walk 50 Miles To Celebrate Annual Immigrant Mass

The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles held a special mass this weekend, in solidarity with the immigrant community. The 8th annual service took place Saturday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown L.A. But a group of Catholics from Orange County began a 3-day, 52-mile walking pilgrimage there Thursday morning.

SoCal Kashmiris Worry After India Strips Region's Autonomy

When India gained independence from Great Britain in 1947 and split into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, caught-in-the-middle Kashmir chose to join India, under the condition that Kashmiris could keep governing themselves. Kashmir’s autonomy was enshrined in the Indian Constitution, until earlier this month, when the Indian government scrapped that provision.

Confession Exemption Bill Is Pulled After Outcry

Catholics said a bill that would have required priests to report child sex abuse revealed in the confessional booth violates sacred church canon.

For Some Near Epicenter Of Strong SoCal Quakes It's Time To Move Away -- For Good

This woman has lived in the region for 66 years, but she doesn't feel safe at home after two huge earthquakes.

Who’s Visiting Immigrant Detainees At The Adelanto Detention Center?

California’s largest immigrant detention center is out of sight, out of mind for most angelenos, but not all.

La Luz Del Mundo Members Offer Prayers For Leader Charged With Sex Crimes

Since Naason Joaquin Garcia was arrested last week and charged with human trafficking and other crimes, many members in La Luz Del Mundo have been quick to support him.

LA's Armenian Americans Search For Identity

Southern California has the largest Armenian population outside of Armenia or Moscow. Now, a century after the genocide, younger Armenians are working to connect with their cultural identities in new ways.

New musical brings a message of religious tolerance to the LA stage

A longtime interfaith activist is using musical theater to bring her message to a mainstream audience.

LA’s overseas Indians pitch in for Modi

Tens of thousands of Narendra Modi supporters have mobilized at local Hindu temples in Norwalk and Anaheim.

Armenian church leaders play key role in Genocide Remembrance Day

Armenians across Los Angeles marked the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with marches and vigils.