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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 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.

  • 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.