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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.


  • 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.

  • Arab women driving Mideast protests, Arab journalist says

    The protests sweeping the Middle East have been driven by a second revolution — the empowerment of Arab women — an Arab journalist told JTA.

  • Charlie Sheen says he’s Jewish and proud

    Actor Charlie Sheen, who has been accused of anti-Semitism, claims that he is Jewish and proud of it.

  • Jewish talent shines at 2011 Academy Awards

    A minyan of Jewish talent garnered coveted Oscar statuettes at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony.