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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.


  • 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.

  • Study: Russian areas not ruled by Nazis doing better even now

    Areas of Russia that were not under Nazi rule are faring better economically even today than areas that were occupied, according to a new study.

  • Calif. bill aims to expose French railroad’s Nazi ties

    France’s railroad system will have to fully disclose its role in transporting Jews to Nazi concentration camps to get part of a lucrative contract to build a California rail line.

  • ‘The Man Who Saved Tel Aviv’ to get his due in D.C.

    Lou Lenart, 89, to be recognized at parade for his flying exploits as a U.S. Marine and pioneer in the Israel Air Force.

  • Jewish couple to give away 75 percent of wealth

    Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have pledged to distribute 75 percent of their total wealth, currently standing at $5.7 billion, “during and/or after our lifetimes.”

  • In the shadow of Nazi classic ‘Jew Suess': Director’s kin speak their minds

    The 1940 anti-Semitic classic “Jew Suess” guaranteed German director Veit Harlan’s position as a favorite of Joseph Goebbels. Seventy years later, his relatives are divided about his legacy and their relationship to Harlan.

  • Obama signs Daniel Pearl press act

    President Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, joined by six family members of the Wall Street Journal reporter slain by Islamic extremists.