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is JTA's Los Angeles correspondent. A veteran journalist, he also writes for the Jerusalem Post, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and the London Jewish Chronicle.

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  • A one-man tribute to Leonard Bernstein comes to the stage

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – There is a remarkable moment in “Maestro,” Hershey Felder’s one-man show about Leonard Bernstein, when the late famed conductor-composer is shown in an old film clip on a giant screen and the two perform a seamless piano duet from Richard Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde.” The tour de force characterizes the fusion between Bernstein,…

  • USC Chabad center robbed of electronics, 3 sets of tefillin

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A burglar stole electronics, three sets of tefillin and other valuables from the Chabad house at the University of Southern California. The burglar, whose image was caught on a security camera, entered the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center near the central Los Angeles campus shortly after midnight on July 13, according to police….

  • Aerospace pioneer Simon Ramo dies at 103

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Aerospace pioneer Simon Ramo, father of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile system and son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, has died at 103. Ramo died June 27 of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, California. Ramo was a key player in the development of America’s military technology over the…

  • Muhammad Ali pleaded for Daniel Pearl’s life

    LOS ANGLES (JTA) — When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by Islamic extremists in January 2002, the most famous American Muslim of the day, Muhammad Ali, pleaded publicly for his release and life. “I appeal to you to show Daniel Pearl compassion and kindness,” Ali implored Pearl’s abductors, who would behead the…

  • No bidders for ‘anti-Semitic’ Taft letter opposing Brandeis nomination

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A letter from former President William Howard Taft attacking the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court in thinly veiled anti-Semitic terms may be of historic value, but apparently not $15,000 worth. That sum was the opening bid set by the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles for…

  • Walter Kohn, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, dies at 93

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) –Nobel Prize winner Walter Kohn, who fled Nazi-ruled Austria one month before the start of World War II, has died. Kohn died on April 19 at his home in Santa Barbara. He was 93. Kohn received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which he shared with British-born scientist John Pople. His research,…

  • Florida-born attorney Sam Grundwerg named Israel’s consul general in LA

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Sam Grundwerg, an attorney originally from Florida, was named to run Israel’s consulate in Los Angeles. Grundwerg joined the executive staff of the World Jewish Congress in 2010 and serves as director of the organization’s Israel branch. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced his appointment as consul general Thursday. Grundwerg is married and…

  • Philanthropist Bram Goldsmith, former UJA chair, dies at 93

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Bram Goldsmith, a banking executive who left a deep imprint on Los Angeles and its Jewish community, has died. Goldsmith, a former national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, died Sunday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 93. City National Bank, which he served 20 years as chief executive and…

  • ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘Amy’ and ‘Spotlight’ win Oscars

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A Hungarian Holocaust drama, a documentary about a sultry Jewish rock star who died too young and a film about an investigation of church sex abuse led by a Jewish newspaper editor won Academy Awards. “Son of Saul,” the Hungarian Holocaust drama from first-time feature director Laszlo Nemes, won the Oscar…

  • Veteran JTA correspondent Tom Tugend honored by France for WWII service