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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.


  • Al Schwimmer, father of Israel’s Air Force, dies

    Al Schwimmer, a New York native whose actions were described by David Ben-Gurion as the Diaspora’s most important contribution to the survival of Israel, has died.

  • Reps. Berman, Sherman could face off after redistricting

    Influential Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman may face off in the 2012 elections based on an initial draft of California’s new political map.

  • L.A. Dodgers to sponsor Maccabiah baseball

    The Los Angeles Dodgers again will underwrite the baseball tournament at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, the Maccabiah Organizing Committee announced.

  • Producer Arthur Cohn honored by film academy

    Swiss producer Arthur Cohn, a six-time Oscar winner, was honored for his body of work by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Schwarzenegger steals show at L.A. Israel event

    Ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the show at the Israel Independence Day celebration in Los Angeles.

  • Fighters for Israel’s independence recall life-changing experience

    Americans and other volunteers reuning in Israel tell of their greatest experience in “My Brother’s Keeper,” a 40-minute documentary made by one of their own that also features historic newsreel footage and photos.

  • Rare Nazi propaganda film showcases Theresienstadt as ‘paradise’ for inmates

    Kurt Gerron saw a chance to resume his career when he signed on as director of “The Fuehrer Gives the Jews a City.” (Tom Tugend) LOS ANGELES (JTA) — "The Fuehrer Gives the Jews a City” may rank as the oddest film fragment in cinematic history. The 23 minutes of raw, unedited footage is all that…

  • Auschwitz bar mitzvah for 78-year-old Oscar-winner Branko Lustig

    Branko Lustig, 78, two-time Oscar winner for “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator,” will celebrate his bar mitzvah on May 2 at Auschwitz with 10,000 participants from the March of the Living.

  • Director Sidney Lumet dies at 86

    Director Sidney Lumet, who started his career as a child actor in the Yiddish theater and whose films examining social justice in America stand as hallmarks of his craft, has died.

  • Police eye suspect in Chabad House bomb attack

    Police are seeking a 60-year-old man who is suspected of being responsible for an explosion next to the Chabad House in Santa Monica, Calif.