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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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  • Israeli prof accused of harassment returns to UCLA classroom, prompting protests

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — UCLA students vowed to resume their protests Wednesday against Gabriel Piterberg, an Israel-educated historian, over charges by two of his female students of repeated sexual harassment. Piterberg, a graduate of Tel Aviv University who served in the Israeli army, until now was more widely known as a fierce critic of Israel…

  • ‘La La Land’ composer, Jewish actors take prizes at Golden Globes

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Although many of the Jewish Golden Globes nominees went home empty handed, a few actors and filmmakers with Jewish ancestry — and one young director who might be classified as an “honorary” Jew — made it to the winner’s podium. Justin Hurwitz’s musical gifts contributed immeasurably to the success of “La La Land,”…

  • Obama signs bill honoring colorful Jewish Korean War hero

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Among his last official acts, outgoing President Barack Obama has signed a bill affixing the name of Tibor Rubin to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Long Beach, California. Rubin, a Hungarian-born child survivor of the Holocaust, had to wait 55 years until his valor in the Korean War was recognized with…

  • ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ writer inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — An American swimmer who took gold at the Rio Olympics this summer and the writer of the immortal baseball anthem “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” are among the new inductees to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel. Anthony Ervin, a native Californian now living in Florida, captured a…

  • No Oscar for Israeli award-winning entry

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s hopes for an Oscar as best foreign language film were dashed when “Sand Storm” failed to make the cut as the entries from 85 countries were narrowed to nine semifinalists. Noticeably, however, three of the nine movies on the shortlist, which was determined Thursday evening, deal with the Nazi era, indicating…

  • Star-studded gala raises $3.8 million for Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Encouraged by Hollywood royalty, 700 guests at the Ambassadors for Humanity gala contributed some $3.5 million for the far-reaching work of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Following the release of his Holocaust epic “Schindler’s List,” director Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation in 1994. A signature achievement of its…

  • Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a special treat in store for the centenarian. Douglas has been under strict medical orders to abstain from alcohol, but his cardiologist, Dr. P.K. Shah, promised the actor that if…

  • Israeli student documentary named to shortlist for Academy Awards

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s Oscar quest for 2017 got off to a hopeful start by placing on the first shortlist of documentary contenders released for the 89th Academy Awards. “The Mute’s House,” entered by the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem, made the list of 10 documentary short subjects, winnowed from 61…

  • Gordon Davidson, the ‘Moses’ of LA’s theater scene, is dead at 83

    LOS ANGELES (JTA)– Gordon Davidson, a Brooklyn-born director and producer who played a key role in transforming Los Angeles from a perceived theatrical backwater into a creative center for innovative and controversial plays, has died. Davidson died Sunday after collapsing at dinner in his Santa Monica, California, home. He was 83. As the founder of the Mark…

  • Israel’s Bedouin get their close-up in Oscar entry ‘Sand Storm’

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The movie “Sand Storm,” Israel’s entry for Academy Award consideration, has won prestigious awards and glowing reviews in its limited release by defying almost every rule of Hollywood success. There are no stunts, no good guys vs. bad guys shootouts and the erotic highlight consists of a young woman taking off the…