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  • 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…

  • Two more incidents add to series of anti-Semitic crimes in California

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (JTA) — California is again the scene of high-profile hate crimes. Police in San Jose arrested three suspects for hurling a Molotov cocktail Monday morning at the home of a judge they mistakenly thought to be Jewish. Police arrested two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man on suspicion of committing a…

  • First Israeli astronaut will take Jewish artifacts along for the ride

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (JTA) — When Israel’s first astronaut boards a U.S. space shuttle in about a year, he will carry with him artifacts that “emphasize the unity of the people of Israel and the Jewish communities abroad.” Col. Ilan Ramon isn’t yet ready to reveal precisely what “things” he will take along, but…

  • Boy injured in Los Angeles attack to stay in hospital another 2 weeks

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (JTA) — The youngest and most gravely wounded of the five victims shot at the Los Angeles Jewish community center earlier this month will remain in the hospital for at least another two weeks, longer than doctors had estimated. Bullets from alleged gunman Buford O’Neal Furrow Jr. shattered 5-year-old Benjamin Kadish’s…

  • Scene of L.A. shooting rampage filled with young campers again

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (JTA) — The North Valley Jewish Community Center reopened Monday with nearly full attendance, six days after a shooting rampage shocked the nation and wounded three children, a teen-age camp counselor and a receptionist. One hundred and twenty-eight out of 130 campers and 37 out of 40 preschoolers showed up at…

  • 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…

  • Father recounts prayers, long drive to pick up son from shooting scene

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 (JTA) — Prayer is part of the daily routine for Richard Macales. But when he thought his young son might be in danger from a gunman at his Jewish day camp, Macales’ prayers took on a new urgency. And they were answered. Macales was working in his office in the University…

  • Germany probes online booksellers for offering ‘Mein Kampf,’ ‘Protocols

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (JTA) — Germany is investigating whether the two largest Internet booksellers are illegally shipping Nazi and racist literature to customers in Germany. A spokesman for the German Justice Ministry confirmed it is looking into a complaint by the Simon Wiesenthal Center that one of its German researchers had successfully ordered Adolf…