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  • Israeli-born man helped connect gay murder suspects to shul arsons

    LOS ANGELES, July 20 (JTA) — An Israeli-born business executive has unwittingly supplied a piece of evidence linking two brothers to the fire-bombings at three California synagogues last month. Following the arsons on the synagogues in Sacramento, Calif., on June 18, Michael Zwebner offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction…

  • While Iranians take to the streets, quiet diplomacy for Jews resumes

    LOS ANGELES, July 15 (JTA) — While Iranians are preoccupied with massive protests and counterdemonstrations in Tehran, the case of 13 Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel may be on hold, say Iranian Jewish activists here. Whether that bodes ill or well for the prisoners is an open question, interpreted in different ways…

  • Synagogue arson suspects kept ‘hit list’ of Sacramento-area Jews

    LOS ANGELES, July 12 — Two men linked to last month’s arson attacks on three Sacramento synagogues kept a possible “hit list” of 32 Sacramento-area residents, most of them Jewish, an investigator said. The list was found during a search of the home of two brothers arrested as suspects in the killing of a gay…

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE Dinner before the Yom Kippur fast: Hosting an important, difficult meal

    NEW YORK, July 7 (JTA) — While preparing for Yom Kippur, many people focus on buying break-the-fast foods, not realizing that partaking in the meal preceding the holiday is a mitzvah. Yet anyone who has hosted this occasion, squeezed between workday and holiday, knows it is fraught with logistical problems. Known as the seudah mafseket,…

  • Shoah scholar to use ‘genius grant’ to finish his volume on the war years

    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (JTA) — Saul Friedlander, survivor and chronicler of the Holocaust, plans to use his $375,000 “genius grant” to complete the second volume of his life’s crowning work: “Nazi Germany and the Jews.” The 66-year-old scholar was named last week as a recipient of the award, given annually by the John D….

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Evil goes on display after original Nuremberg Laws are rediscovered

    LOS ANGELES, June 27 (JTA) — After resting 50 years in the vault of a small California library — its existence unknown even to Holocaust scholars — the original manuscript of Germany’s Nazi-era Nuremberg Laws will go on display this week at a Jewish museum in Los Angeles. The Skirball Cultural Center was expected to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Iranian Jews in the United States change tactics, raise their voices

    LOS ANGELES, June 22 (JTA) — The plight of 13 Jews in Iran who could face execution as alleged “Zionist spies” has marked a turning point in the Iranian Jewish community in the United States. They will no longer keep silent. “From now on, you’ll see more activism and involvement,” said George Haroonian, a spokesman…

  • California leaders unite against hate after arsons at 3 synagogues

    LOS ANGELES, June 22 (JTA) — Under a giant banner reading “Sacramento United Against Hate,” some 4,000 citizens of all faiths and colors have dedicated themselves to the fight against bigotry as their answer to arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues. More than 2,500 people crammed into the Community Center Theater on Monday night, while…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Iranian Jews in the United States change tactics, raise their voices

    LOS ANGELES, June 21 (JTA) — The plight of 13 Jews in Iran who could face execution as alleged “Zionist spies” has marked a turning point in the Iranian Jewish community in the United States. They will no longer keep silent. “From now on, you’ll see more activism and involvement,” said George Haroonian, a spokesman…

  • Federal agents comb for clues in arson attacks on 3 synagogues

    LOS ANGELES, June 20 (JTA) — More than 100 federal agents are searching for clues in last Friday’s arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, considered one of the worst anti-Semitic hate crimes of the past 20 years. The predawn attacks targeted Congregation B’nai Israel and Congregation Beth Shalom, both Reform temples, and the Kenesset Israel…