Jessica Feshbach : biography
Jessica Feshbach (also known as Jessica Feshbach Rodriguez) is an American official within the Scientology organization. The daughter of an influential family within Scientology which gave millions of dollars to the organization, she attended The Delphian School in Oregon which uses techniques developed by the movement's founder L. Ron Hubbard. Her father, Joseph Feshbach, was an investor in Palo Alto, California who was profiled in a 1991 article in Time magazine about Scientology.
Feshbach joined the Scientology division Sea Org in 1994, an elite group described by the organization as occupying "the most essential and trusted positions in the senior churches in the Scientology hierarchy". She was characterized in 2005 by MSNBC as a "Senior Scientologist", and by Fox News Channel as "a high-level Scientologist"; in 2006 MSNBC described her as "a high-level Scientology practitioner and member of the church's influential Feshbach family".
In April 2005, Feshbach was transferred from her duties within the Sea Org in order to serve as an assistant to Tom Cruise in the capacity of attending to Katie Holmes. In this role she traveled with Holmes during publicity for the actresses's film roles, sat in on interviews, and responded to questions about Holmes from journalists. The cinema production studio Warner Bros. made special accommodations for Feshbach to accompany Holmes during promotion of the film Batman Begins. The two became best friends, and Feshbach later attended the wedding of Holmes to Cruise in Italy in 2006. Feshbach with Cruise and Holmes was a guest of honor at a Scientology function the Patron Ball held at Saint Hill Manor, the organization's headquarters in Britain.
By 2009, Feshbach had become a spokesperson for the Scientology organization. In this role, she held a meeting along with representative Tommy Davis in 2009 in Burbank, California with Scientology member actor Larry Anderson, in order to address his grievances about the organization. Feshbach represented the organization to Florida newspaper the St. Petersburg Times in 2010, and commented on the expertise of her supervisor, Scientology's top leader David Miscavige. She was removed from Scientology's public presence sometime in 2011 and now works as a real estate agent in Austin, Texas, living with husband and former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis.http://tonyortega.org/2013/06/12/tommy-davis-and-jessica-feshbach-new-jobs-and-new-lives-for-scientologys-former-mouthpieces/#more-7534
In 1994, Feshbach joined the division of Scientology called the Sea Org, an elite unit within the organization. 3 News characterized the Sea Org as "Scientology's senior management". In their book Cults and New Religions, Douglas E. Cowan and David G. Bromley describe the Sea Org writing, "Described by the Church as 'a fraternal religious order,' members of the Sea Org 'occupy the most essential and trusted positions in the senior churches in the Scientology hierarchy'." Rolling Stone notes, "Sea Org members staff all of the senior ecclesiastic positions in the church hierarchy". In 2010, there were 5,000 members in the Sea Org. Feshbach commented to the Associated Press about her view of serving in the Sea Org, "When you sign up as a Sea Org member, you're signing up as a member of a religious order. You're a volunteer. You sign a contract that says, 'I'm not going to be paid minimum wage and I know that.'"
In 2005, MSNBC characterized Feshbach as a "Senior Scientologist", and Fox News Channel called her "a high-level Scientologist" within the organization. In 2006, MSNBC described Feshbach as, "a high-level Scientology practitioner and member of the church's influential Feshbach family". She completed Scientology courses including "Security Checker Internship," "False Purpose Rundown Auditorship" and "Clear Certainty".
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