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  • Serbian Jewish activists horrified by the war, stress common history

    LOS ANGELES, May 12 (JTA) — When Dusica Savic Benghiat makes her daily phone call to her mother in Belgrade, she can frequently hear the air raid sirens as a backdrop to the 78-year-old woman’s increasingly discouraged voice. “My mother tells me she doesn’t care anymore. She just stays in bed. If the bombs miss…

  • Relationship rabbi’ finds Oxford suitors for Roseanne’s daughters

    LOS ANGELES, May 10 (JTA) — The good news is that Roseanne may have finally found three nice Jewish boys as suitors for her three daughters. The bad news is that the boys live in England and the girls in Los Angeles. American television viewers can watch the long-distance romance with an all-Jewish cast unfold…

  • Rabbi returns from Yugoslavia with ambivalence about bombing

    LOS ANGELES, May 4 (JTA) — When Rabbi Steven Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday along with other members of Jesse Jackson’s mission to Belgrade that freed three U.S. soldiers, he passed on a message to President Clinton. It came from Aca Singer, the 70-year-old head of the Yugoslav Jewish community, who…

  • California pressures insurers to settle Holocaust-era claims

    LOS ANGELES, May 2 (JTA) — California’s top officials, legislators and private organizations are throwing their collective weight behind a series of measures aimed at pressuring European insurance companies into settling claims from the Holocaust era. The charge is being led by Gov. Gray Davis and state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush. Speaking at a news…

  • Roseanne recruits ‘Kosher Sex’ rabbi to find daughters’ matches

    LOS ANGELES, April 29 (JTA) — When two world-class self-promoters such as Roseanne and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the author of “Kosher Sex,” play off each other, expect a really great match. The match, in this case, is planned for the TV host’s three single daughters and “three strapping British lads” of the Jewish faith, to…

  • Ehud Barak attends fund-raiser at home of Israeli Hollywood mogul

    LOS ANGELES, March 28 (JTA) — Ehud Barak, head of Israel’s Labor Party, paid a quick, unannounced visit to Los Angeles last week to attend a private fund-raiser hosted by an Israeli television and movie mogul. Described in a recent article as a billionaire and “the biggest Israeli player in Hollywood,” Haim Saban invited a…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Last Oscar night of the century has numerous Jewish moments

    LOS ANGELES, March 22 (JTA) — Oscar didn’t quite wear a yarmulka, but rarely have Jewish talent and Jewish themes received as much recognition as at the last Academy Awards of this century. “Life Is Beautiful,” the tragicomic fable set partially in a concentration camp, earned best actor and best foreign film Oscars for its…

  • Best-selling Jewish writer suing makers of ‘Shakespeare in Love

    LOS ANGELES, March 22 (JTA) — The makers of the Oscar-winning “Shakespeare in Love” have been served with a lawsuit by mystery writer Faye Kellerman, who charges that the film’s story was derived from her 1989 novel “The Quality of Mercy.” The suit, filed in U.S. District Court five days before Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony,…

  • Los Angeles AJCongress chapter secedes over ideology and finances

    LOS ANGELES, March 16 (JTA) — The southern California chapter of the American Jewish Congress has split from the national organization and closed its Los Angeles office, citing long-standing differences over ideology, financial responsibility and personal leadership styles. Present and past officers of the Pacific Southwest region of the AJCongress made the decision public at…

  • Iranian Jews open first center at former ‘Temple to the Stars

    LOS ANGELES, March 15 (JTA) — Once proudly known as the “Temple to the Stars,” Hollywood Temple Beth El has been purchased by the Iranian Jewish community as its first regional center. The transfer of ownership reflects the generational, geographical and ethnic changes in the constantly evolving state of Los Angeles Jewry. Beth El, founded…