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Tom Tugend

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    October 17, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Any mother, Jewish or otherwise, would kvell over the accomplishments of her three sons, although at the moment she might wish that the youngest one weren’t constantly in the news.
     
    That would be Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...
  • The Israel Film Festival reveals the heart of Israel to L.A.

    October 14, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF) will bring the real heartbeat of the Jewish state — often smothered under bellicose headlines — to Los Angeles through 28 feature and documentary films. The festival screens Oct. 23 through Nov. 6 at five different venues.

    Kicking off the series is...

  • Israel film academy favors women’s themes

    October 7, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    The Israel Academy of Film has picked the country’s best movies of the year, and the winner is the female sensibility.

    For many years, the Israel Academy’s choice of best feature film — and, therefore, the country’s entry for Oscar honors — has leaned toward macho soldiers and...

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  • Memories of Ravensbrück

    August 14, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    By the time she turned 8 and arrived in a cattle car at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women and children, Eva Katz had survived forced labor in a brick factory and heard the rifle shots that killed her mother.

    At the camp, Eva, along with several other women, was put in...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • Swastika painter gets three years in jail

    July 14, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    A 49-year old man has been sentenced to three years in jail for painting a swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish-owned plumbing supply store in Van Nuys. 

    Amos Hason, who reportedly claimed to be Jewish in an earlier lawsuit, was found guilty on July 11 on three counts...

  • Filmmaker Paul Mazursky dies at 84

    July 3, 2014 | 9:59 am

    Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, whose perceptive social satires explored the nascent sexual revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s and created complex Jewish characters, died June 30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    The cause of his death at 84 was pulmonary cardiac arrest.

    In 17 films,...

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