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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.


  • Jewish filmmakers do well in Golden Globe nominations

    Jewish actors, directors and screenwriters have garnered prominent nominations for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards — a promising augury for the upcoming Oscar picks.

  • Jewish Sports Hall of Fame calls 7

    A 19th century bare-knuckles pugilist and a pioneer women’s judo champion are among seven elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Theological expert: Lord’s Prayer ‘totally Jewish’

    The Lord’s Prayer, widely considered to undergird the foundation of Christianity, “is utterly, totally, fully Jewish — there’s nothing in it that is particularly Christian,” a theological expert said.

  • Godard won’t come to L.A. to pick up Oscar

    Film director Jean-Luc Godard will not appear in person to accept an honorary Oscar that some have urged be withdrawn because of views deemed anti-Semitic.

  • New design for tolerance museum unveiled

    Architectural designs for a scaled-back Museum of Tolerance in the center of Jerusalem were unveiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

  • Holocaust museum opens in L.A.

    Los Angeles is the site of the United States’ newest Holocaust Museum.

  • Israeli, Egyptian communities in L.A. come together

    Israel’s consul general welcomed his new Egyptian counterpart during a ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall.

  • UCLA opens endowed Israel studies center

    UCLA formally inaugurated its endowed Center for Israel Studies, the first of its kind on the West Coast.

  • Schwarzenegger vetoes railroad disclosure bill

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill requiring companies bidding on the state’s high-speed rail contract to disclose their roles in transporting Jews to Nazi concentration camps.

  • Jewish officer who arrested a drunk Gibson sues department over harassment

    The Jewish sheriff’s deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson for drunken driving is suing his department for harassment since the July 2006 incident.