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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.


  • ‘The Artist’ salvages Jewish pride at Oscars

    Jewish director Michel Hazanavicius won top honors at the Oscars for “The Artist,” while Israel’s entry in the awards, “Footnote” by Joseph Cedar, lost to an Iranian film.

  • Israeli, Iranian filmmakers participate together in pre-Oscar panel

    The Israeli and Iranian filmmakers whose movies are vying against each other for an Oscar sat together on a panel discussion.

  • With another film in Oscar contention, Israeli cinema shows it can compete

    Israeli films once lacked the luster and high production values necessary to compete internationally. But with a string of prizes from international festivals, and a regular presence at the Academy Awards, those days are clearly over.

  • Larry Greenfield tapped to lead JINSA

    Larry Greenfield, a longtime Republican Jewish activist, was named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington.

  • Clooney to chase Nazis in new film

    George Clooney is expected to star in a film about U.S. and British art experts who tracked down Nazi-looted artworks, mainly from Jewish owners.

  • Israel’s ‘Footnote,’ Allen and Spielberg get Oscar nods

    The Israeli film “Footnote” and veteran Jewish filmmakers Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg are up for Academy Awards.

  • Israeli Oscar entry ‘Footnote’ qualifies for shortlist

    “Footnote,” Israel’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, has qualified for the shortlist of nine semifinalists.

  • Israel again going to the Oscars gate with a Joseph Cedar entry

    “Footnote” is director Joseph Cedar’s fourth film to represent Israel at the Academy Awards. Some of his major competitors in the foreign-language category are a Holocaust-themed film from Poland, “In Darkness,” and the apparent favorite, Iran’s “A Separation.”

  • Spielberg, Allen garner Golden Globes

    Famed Jewish filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen picked up Golden Globe Awards, but not the most prestigious ones.

  • Judge who ruled Holocaust a fact dies

    Thomas Johnson, a California judge who ruled that the Holocaust was “a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute,” has died.