Tom Tugend RSS

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.


  • Suspect arrested in California synagogue shooting

    Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of two worshipers at a southern California synagogue.

  • Shoah week on PBS

    The Public Broadcasting Service will offer U.S. television viewers a concentrated history lesson during Holocaust Remembrance Week, with seven films and documentaries on Jewish death and defiance in the past and on the genocides of the present.

  • Waxman relates health care reform to seder

    A Jewish lawmaker and key mover in the passage of the health care reform bill said it was appropriate the measure passed in the House of Representatives a week before Passover.

  • Neighbors drop lawsuit against Wiesenthal Center

    A group of neighbors has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the expansion of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

  • Looking at why Israel can’t win an Oscar

    Why can’t an Israeli film win an Oscar? One theory holds that Israeli filmmakers are too innovative and edgy.

  • ‘Ajami’ passed over at Oscars, ‘Jew Hunter’ wins

    Israel’s half-century jinx at the Oscars continued and three Jewish-themed films were passed over, but “The Jew Hunter” took home an award.

  • Israeli film, Jewish-themed films up for Oscars

    Three Jewish-themed films and an Israeli film are in the running for Academy Awards.

  • Hier: Downscaled Jerusalem tolerance museum to open

    A Museum of Tolerance will open in the heart of Jerusalem within four years, though at half the size and cost previously planned.

  • Israeli film makes Oscar semifinals

    Israel’s entry in the Oscars has made the first cut.

  • Waltz takes Golden Globe for ‘Basterds’

    Christoph Waltz won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role as a suave and sadistic Nazi colonel in “Inglourious Basterds.”