Last week, New Republic contributing editor, Yossi Klein Halevi, came to town. I was surprised to see other La Cañadans in the crowd when Halevi spoke at Valley Beth Shalom synagogue in Encino, but on further reflection, my reaction was misplaced. La Cañada Flintridgians are a well-read and inquisitive group. Plus, the event was free.
I went to the event with a friend from Pasadena.
To get to Encino, we took the 210 to the 118 to the 405and avoided the traffic on the 2 to the 134 to the 101, as depicted on my Sprint Centro real time Google Map.
When we arrived, the parking lots were full, the auditorium was full, but we found seats in the back.
There are times when a world class speaker comes to town and the audience just says, "Wow." Yossi Klein Halevi is that kind of guy.