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  • Alleged murderer admits to synagogue arsons

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (JTA) — A man charged with killing a gay couple in California has admitted to planning the arson attacks on three northern California synagogues last summer and to personally torching the largest one. Benjamin Matthew Williams told reporters during a jailhouse interview that as many as eight other white supremacists joined…

  • ADL not amused by SNL satire

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League is not amused by a “Saturday Night Live” satire in which cast members, posing as pop stars, said that Jews own all the banks and that Christians have forgiven them for “killing our Lord.” But NBC, after flip-flopping over whether it will air the sketch again…

  • Kirk Douglas becomes a man

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 (JTA) — Hollywood luminaries crammed the 200-seat chapel at Sinai Temple here as Kirk Douglas was called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah reading and speech. “Today, I am a man,” intoned the 83-year old actor Thursday in the prescribed fashion, adding, from the perspective of a long and rich…

  • A controversial Jewish-Muslim pact

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (JTA) — Some two dozen prominent Jews and Muslims here have approved a code of ethics that denounces all terrorism and hate crimes, promotes civil dialogue and urges an end to stereotyping and incitement. The agreement, approved before banks of television cameras at Los Angeles’ City Hall on Monday, was hailed…

  • Elie Wiesel’s new memoir

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 (JTA) — Elie Wiesel’s second memoir differs from his first both in time and in approach. In “All the Rivers Run to the Sea,” the first volume, which started with his birth and closed in 1969 with the author as a 40-year old bridegroom, Wiesel narrated “mostly that which I see…

  • Spielberg to make Holocaust testimony accessible

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (JTA) – In a huge tent on the Universal Studios lot, crammed with advanced computer gear and large television screens, Steven Spielberg unveiled his high-tech master plan to transmit and preserve the living testimony of Holocaust survivors. Hollywood’s most successful filmmaker paused briefly last week to review the work of the…

  • Jewish filmmaker gets rock-star reception in China

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (JTA) — Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has recently covered a lot of territory. During the last week in October, the Chinese government and film industry feted the winner of five Oscars and producer of “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” and “Central Station” at his…

  • First lady stumps for hate crimes law

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (JTA) — In a visit to the Jewish community center where five people were shot earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton has praised survivors of a shooting spree and their families for refusing “to allow the forces of hatred to win.” During a two-hour visit to the North Valley Jewish Community…

  • More anti-Semitic incidents reported even as community rallies against hate

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (JTA) — Even as more than 1,000 people of all faiths and colors rallied here against hate crimes this week, a Hollywood synagogue was defaced with a swastika and threatening calls were placed to a Jewish center in Palo Alto, Calif. Attorney General Janet Reno and California Gov. Gray Davis were…

  • Suspect in JCC rampage has history of involvement in racist organizations

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 (JTA) — When Buford O”Neal Furrow walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center and opened fire Tuesday, he reportedly wanted his action to serve as “a wake-up call to America to kill Jews.” A source said the white supremacist, suspected in a shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community…