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  • ISRAEL AT 50 An American Jewish volunteer reflects on the last ‘good’ war

    LOS ANGELES, March 30 (JTA) — As the American Jewish community celebrates the 50th anniversary of Israel’s independence, those of us who went over to fight as volunteers in the fledgling country’s armed forces can look back with special pride and remembrance. We were privileged to take part not only in a momentous chapter of…

  • European insurance firms to expedite survivors’ claims

    LOS ANGELES, April 9 (JTA) — An international commission has been established to expedite the processing of insurance claims by Holocaust survivors and the heirs of victims. The agreement to set up the commission was signed Wednesday in New York. Signatories include the state insurance commissioners of New York and California, four major European insurance…

  • Spielberg may film U.S. pilots who helped Israel in 1948 war

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (JTA) — American volunteer pilots who played a key role in creating the Israeli air force may be the focus of a Steven Spielberg film. The director said he hit on the idea after sitting in the cockpit with an Israeli pilot on an El Al flight from New York to…

  • Synagogue arsons unsolved

    LOS ANGELES, March 3 (JTA) — The City of Los Angeles is offering a $20,000 reward for information regarding arson attacks at two Orthodox synagogues during Chanukah The fires damaged portions of Congregation Kehillas Yaacov and Congregation Shaarei Tefilah, which are located on the same block in the traditionally Jewish Fairfax district. In announcing the…

  • American, Israeli stars joining in televised jubilee extravaganza

    LOS ANGELES, March 31 (JTA) — Producer David Goldberg says, only half-jokingly, that putting on a binational, multimillion dollar, star-studded production means that he works 24 hours a day. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, he works on the American part of the show — and on the Israeli part from…

  • Controversy erupts over Swiss WWII labor camps

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (JTA) — Talk to Jews from Poland, Germany, Yugoslavia or Hungary who somehow escaped the Nazi dragnets and made it to safety in Switzerland, and they will assert, usually with considerable emotion, some or all of the following statements: * During World War II, Switzerland split up Jewish refugee families, putting…

  • Oscar nomination may boost Israeli’s career in Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES, March 3 (JTA) — Michele Ohayon was nursing her 2-month- old baby when the phone rang with the announcement that her film, “Colors Straight Up,” had been nominated for an Academy Award. At that early hour, 5:45 a.m., she immediately picked up the phone in her Hollywood home to call Jerusalem and break…

  • Non-Jewish actor to host television special on Israel

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (JTA) — Actor Kevin Costner will host a CBS television show celebrating Israel’s 50th anniversary. The starring role for Costner, who is not Jewish, will help the show appeal to a wider audience, according to the its organizers. The “America Salutes Israel at 50” extravaganza will be held at the 6,400-seat…

  • Media puts full-court press on Monica Lewinsky’s shul

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Sinai Temple is not adverse to publicity, but the Conservative synagogue in West Los Angeles would just as soon do without the onslaught of media inquiries that have kept its telephones ringing off the hook. The full-court press on the temple was applied by members of a media desperate…

  • American, Israeli stars come out to mark jubilee

    LOS ANGELES, April 20 (JTA) — The stars came out for Israel’s jubilee. A cast of 21 headliners, backed by hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians, put together “To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th,” a CBS-TV variety show that mixed historical reminiscences, American comedy and Israeli song and dance. The show, which was broadcast in…