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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.


  • 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

  • 2 shorts up for Oscars look at Claude Lanzmann, Palestinian nuns

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Sunday evening, Jewish Oscar watchers viewers might keep an eye on two short films vying for the golden trophy in two of the lesser-watched categories. “Ave Maria” (Hail Mary), from Palestinian filmmaker Basil Khalil, is among the five Oscar finalists in the live action short film category. “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres…

  • LA Jews honor ex-diplomat who saved 10,000 from Holocaust

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Los Angeles Jews are celebrating the life and moral courage of a devout Catholic with the world premiere of an oratorio and an exhibit honoring the late diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes. In 1940, Mendes, who was serving as Portugal’s consul general in Bordeaux, France, saved the lives of some 10,000…

  • Grandson of Vilna rabbis awarded prestigious science award

    Solomon Wolf Golomb of the University of Southern California has been named recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his work in mathematics formulas.

  • Anti-BDS bill introduced in California legislature

    The measure forbids the state government from contracting with companies “engaging in boycotts based on race, color, religion, gender or nationality.”

  • Two Holocaust-themed films make the Oscar cut

    So much for “Holocaust fatigue.” Two of the nine semifinalists for best foreign film deal with the Nazi genocide and its aftermath.

  • Holocaust film ‘Son of Saul’ nominated for Golden Globe

    In the Hungarian film, the main character is a member of the Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau forced to cremate bodies of fellow prisoners gassed by the SS.