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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.


  • Two films to portray Avner book ‘The Prime Ministers’

    Two American producer-directors, on opposite coasts, are in the process of turning Yehuda Avner’s book “The Prime Ministers” into separate films.

  • Rare collection of Nazi documents donated to L.A. Holocaust museum

    A rare collection of stamps, letters, ID cards and other documents of the Nazi era was donated to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

  • ‘Funny Girl’ revival is canceled

    Fanny Brice would have blown her top at the news: The revival of “Funny Girl,” based on the life of the old trooper, was canceled.

  • Gil Cates, acclaimed producer and director, dies at 77

    Gilbert (“Gil”) Cates, a multifaceted theater, film and television producer and director, as well as a university dean, has died.

  • 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.