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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.


  • 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.

  • Calif. ballot proposal for divestment gathering signatures

    A proposed ballot initiative in California would force the state’s two public employee pension funds to withdraw investments from companies that “support Israeli settlement or supply military products to the government of Israel.”

  • Donors to call the shots in U.S.-Israeli science initiative

    A joint American and Israeli foundation, and a California university are teaming for a program enabling donors to support their special scientific interests.

  • Cantor documentary opens for one day at 500 theaters

    A new documentary chronicling the journey of a group of American cantors to Poland will be screened simultaneously in nearly 500 movie theaters.

  • R rating sticks for ‘A Film Unfinished’

    The Motion Picture Association of America upheld a previous decision of an R rating for the Warsaw Ghetto documentary because of “disturbing images of Holocaust atrocities, including graphic nudity,” the latter in a Nazi-coerced scene of young women in a mikveh.

  • On a Warsaw Ghetto film, an unwitting collaboration

    In “A Film Unfinished,” Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski combines actual and staged ghetto scenes shot in 1942 by a Nazi propaganda crew with the testimony of a Nazi cameraman and ghetto survivors.

  • Sociologist Glassner named Lewis & Clark provost

    Jewish sociologist Barry Glassner has been named president of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

  • Calif. Chabad synagogue vandalized

    A request by a Chabad synagogue in Southern California to double the number of worshipers allowed for Shabbat services was rejected two days after its building was defaced.