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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.


  • Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act to be law

    President Obama will sign the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act into law, joined by six members and three generations of the slain journalist’s family.

  • Ruth Nussbaum, Reform Zionist activist, dies

    Ruth Nussbaum, a former neighbor of Anne Frank’s family who later played a key role in the Reform movement’s embrace of Zionism, has died.

  • Beverly Hills street to honor Herzl

    A street in Beverly Hills will be renamed to honor Theodor Herzl.

  • Local council elects L.A. teen

    A 15-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl has become the youngest elected public representative in Los Angeles.

  • Counterdemonstrators beat neo-Nazis in L.A.

    Two neo-Nazis were beaten and others were pelted with eggs, rocks and bottles during a rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall.

  • 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.