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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.


  • Norman Corwin, ‘radio’s poet laureate,’ dies at 101

    Norman Corwin, whose soaring plays gave luster to the golden age of radio in the 1930s and 1940s, has died at 101.

  • Buyer of Einstein letter came late to bidding

    The “anonymous” buyer of a historic letter written by Albert Einstein — E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg, president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust — entered the bidding a day before it closed.

  • Einstein letter sells for $14,000

    A letter written by Albert Einstein to a Jewish New York businessman was sold at auction for nearly $14,000.

  • ‘Bernie Madoff of Beverly Hills’ gets 7-year prison sentence

    Ezri Namvar, a businessman and philanthropist in the Los Angeles Iranian-Jewish community, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for stealing $21 million from four clients.

  • Letter conjures up encounters with Hitler

    For JTA’s Tom Tugend, the 1919 letter with Hitler’s slanted signature brings back memories of growing up as a Jewish boy in Berlin and twice encountering the Fuehrer.

  • Hitler letter offers first glimpse of anti-Semitic passions

    A two-page letter by Adolf Hitler from 1919 — the first written political statement of the future Fuehrer — will be shown to the public for the first time by the Simon Wiesenthal Center at its Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

  • UCLA faculty member decries $10 million Milken gift

    A faculty member has demanded that the law school at the University of California, Los Angeles reject a $10 million gift from the brother of an infamous junk-bond trader.

  • Zuckerberg, Bibi head list of Top 50 Jews

    Mark Zuckerberg and Benjamin Netanyahu head The Jerusalem Post’s second annual list of the world’s 50 Top Jews.

  • Fifty years later, Kirk Douglas wins tribute for breaking Hollywood blacklist

    Ask Kirk Douglas for the proudest accomplishment in his 94 years and the iconic actor cites his actions in breaking the infamous Hollywood blacklist. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will honor his deed with its Freedom of Expression Award.

  • Unusual alliance of lawmakers forges bill to cut Lebanon aid

    A Jewish congressman and three Lebanese-American colleagues are co-sponsoring a bill to eliminate U.S. aid to Lebanon if Hezbollah stays in the ruling government.