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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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  • 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

  • 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.