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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.


  • 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.

  • Jewish filmmakers do well in Golden Globe nominations

    Jewish actors, directors and screenwriters have garnered prominent nominations for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards — a promising augury for the upcoming Oscar picks.

  • Jewish Sports Hall of Fame calls 7

    A 19th century bare-knuckles pugilist and a pioneer women’s judo champion are among seven elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Theological expert: Lord’s Prayer ‘totally Jewish’

    The Lord’s Prayer, widely considered to undergird the foundation of Christianity, “is utterly, totally, fully Jewish — there’s nothing in it that is particularly Christian,” a theological expert said.