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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.


  • Gibson arrester can sue over incident

    The Jewish sheriff’s deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson can sue after allegedly being passed over for promotion over the incident, a judge ruled.

  • Danish Jewish film director behind Oscar-nominated movie an anomaly

    Danish Jewish film director Susanne Bier, whose Danish movie, “In a Better World,” is up for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, has been deeply affected by her religiously observant parents’ experiences under the Nazis.

  • End of the line for Holocaust-themed films?

    Despite the noticeable absence of current movies about Nazi crimes and World War II, and predictions of doom for some time, most international film industry veterans are saying that any obituary is premature.

  • Maria Altmann, who recovered Nazi-looted paintings, dies

    Maria Altmann, whose seven-year battle to recover her family’s Nazi-looted paintings riveted the art and legal worlds, has died.

  • Jewish film contenders garner Oscar nominations

    With “The King’s Speech” garnering 12 nods, royalty led the Oscar nomination parade, but Jewish contenders had their shining moments.

  • Pearl’s real murderer was 9/11 mastermind, probe says

    Four men were wrongfully convicted of the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl nine years ago, while the actual killer is the suspected mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks, a new investigation alleges.

  • Israeli film fails to reach Oscar semis

    Israel’s three-year streak of reaching the list of five finalists in the Oscar race for best foreign language film has ended.

  • Jewish talent takes home Golden Globes

    Jewish talent won some and lost some at the Golden Globe Award ceremonies, auguring a mixed outlook for the upcoming Oscar nominations.

  • Alleged Israeli mobsters indicted in Los Angeles

    Five alleged Israeli mob members pleaded not guilty to charges including murder in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles.

  • Debbie Friedman remembered at funeral in words and song

    Debbie Friedman was eulogized at her funeral by friends, rabbis and fellow musicians in words and through the songs she composed and sang.