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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.


  • 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.

  • Judea Pearl, father of slain WSJ reporter, is a leader in artificial intelligence

    Judea Pearl, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, is known as a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. A $75,000 prize from the Technion is just the latest plaudit to a distinguished scientific career.

  • Allen, Spielberg grab Golden Globe nominations

    Famed directors Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg led the list of Jewish nominees for Golden Globe Awards.