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Tom Tugend

  • Israel bypassed in Oscars race

    26 minutes ago

    Israel is out, but a Polish Holocaust-related film is in, as movies from nine countries advanced on Nov. 19 in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

    “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” Israel’s entry, did not make the cut. The film depicts the five-year legal struggle...

  • Join globetrotter Bruce Feiler on a journey through Jerusalem

    2 days ago

    Every religion has its pilgrimage, and PBS’ “Sacred Journeys” provides a lively visual guide to six of the best-known destinations for the devout.

    On Dec. 23, series host Bruce Feiler visits Jerusalem, and while the date might indicate a link to Christmas, the focus is on Sukkot,...

  • ADL notes accomplishments, road ahead, at annual meeting

    November 12, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Some 300 lay and professional leaders from across the United States gathered Nov. 6-8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national meeting, which offered both good and bad news, as well as an upcoming changing of the organization’s guard.

    ...
  • Holocaust artworks live on at Downtown L.A. gallery

    November 5, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Bernard Zakheim’s agonizing and defiant Holocaust sculptures and paintings, many not seen for three decades, are now on display at the ARTpraisal Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

    Frequently described as the Jewish Diego Rivera, Zakheim studied under the Mexican master muralist,...

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  • Words as weapons in new film ‘Diplomacy’

    November 5, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    As American and Free French divisions closed in on Nazi-occupied Paris in late August 1944, Hitler issued a clear order to the commander of Wehrmacht troops in the French capital.

    Before evacuating the City of Light, the Führer told Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz to blow up such...

  • Controversies roil UCLA, Berkeley campuses

    October 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    “Leaked emails reveal partnership between Hillel, PR firm,” read the headline on a story that made the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Bruin, the lively UCLA student newspaper.

    The plotline for this story may seem a bit arcane for those not up-to-date on campus politics, but the...

  • Watchers of the sky

    October 20, 2014 | 8:41 am

  • Documentary gets inside head of Heinrich Himmler

    October 7, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    In 1941, Heinrich Himmler took time out from organizing the Final Solution to write to his 12-year-old daughter, Gudrun: “In life, one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted.”

    This fatherly advice illustrates one side of the SS Reichsfuehrer and the real architect of...

  • Affluence

    September 26, 2014 | 11:53 am

  • Musician Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin

    September 18, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    Onstage, he has been George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, and now, Hershey Felder is ready to tackle the most prolific American songwriter of them all — Irving Berlin.

    The multitalented Felder — pianist, actor, playwright, composer and producer — will introduce the world...

  • The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul

    September 18, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF), which annually gives viewers a close-up of the nation’s heartbeat beneath the glaring headlines, has been set for Oct. 23 through Nov. 6.

    A red carpet opening-night gala at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Oct. 23 will be followed a week later...

  • New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition

    September 17, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Ambitious girls looking for role models among successful and accomplished women of the past might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or social-justice champion Eleanor Roosevelt.

    And then there was Altina “Tina” Schinasi.

    Tina grew up in the opulent...

  • Hanging with the Beatles — in 1964

    August 20, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    It was 6 a.m. on Aug. 19, 1964, when the phone rang in the Studio City apartment of Ivor Davis, then a young West Coast correspondent for London’s Daily Express, circulation 4 million.

    On the other end of the line was the paper’s foreign editor, who told Davis to drive to Los...

  • Leonard Fein, progressive activist and writer, dead at 80

    August 14, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    Leonard Fein, a towering figure in Jewish progressive thought and action, died Aug. 14. He was 80.

     “Leibel” as he was universally addressed, was a prolific writer, a professor at Brandeis University and the creator of organizations and institutions that have left a lasting...

  • Foreign fighters in Israel: 2014 isn’t 1948

    July 25, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Reading about the mass outpouring of mourners at the funeral for Max Steinberg, the 24-year old Angeleno killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, I was struck by a routine mention toward the end of the report.

    It read, “U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro extended a message of support and...

  • Paul Mazursky, filmmaker, 84

    July 9, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, 84, 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 of pulmonary cardiac arrest.

    In his 17 films, released between the late...

  • Journalist Torgny Segerstedt speaks truth to Nazi power in Swedish film, ‘The Last Sentence’

    June 18, 2014 | 9:57 am

    The Swedish film “The Last Sentence” opens with a 1933 newsreel of Adolf Hitler strutting as Germany’s new chancellor and ends with 1945 footage of Russian troops closing in on the Führer’s bunker.

    During those 12 years, as Hitler first threatened and then swallowed one European...

  • Not a bad Oscar night for Jews

    March 3, 2014 | 12:16 am

  • German WW II film shows war is hell — win or lose

    February 26, 2014 | 5:21 pm

    The victors in any war write its history, so the saying goes. But what about the loser’s story?

    Germany was the loser in World War II, on the fighting front and the home front. Nowhere has this aspect of the war been told as graphically, accurately and powerfully as in the film...

  • L.A. youth become Israel’s brave lone soldiers

    February 26, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    “I want to give back, not just sit back,” Samuel “Shimmy” Kandel said. The 19-year-old Angeleno was explaining in a phone interview why he decided to interrupt his studies at Santa Monica College to serve as an American volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

    Danny Rubin...

  • Ambassador’s talk has unexpected fallout

    February 24, 2014 | 7:14 pm

  • ‘Omar’ in line for foreign language Oscar

    February 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    For cinema fans interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is a banner year, with Oscar submissions from both sides focused on the Israeli occupation.

    Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish...

  • You don’t want to rile these rabbis

    February 15, 2014 | 6:24 pm

  • You don’t want to rile these rabbis

    February 15, 2014 | 6:24 pm

  • Filming with Maximilian Schell

    February 2, 2014 | 12:50 pm

  • Jewish con men shine in Oscar nominations

    January 16, 2014 | 9:47 am

  • Israel out, Palestinians in Oscar race

    December 20, 2013 | 1:48 pm

  • Jewish/Israel-themed movies vie for Oscar

    December 16, 2013 | 1:23 pm

  • When Mandela and Sharansky met in LA

    December 6, 2013 | 12:35 am

  • Kabbalah Centre sued for $1 million

    December 5, 2013 | 12:32 am

    The Kabbalah Centre is being sued for over $1 million by former followers in two lawsuits alleging fraud and misuse of funds.

    Both suits were filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Nov. 27 and claimed that the Centre pressured the plaintiffs “to give money until it hurts,”...

  • Jewish scientists score Nobel Prizes

    October 9, 2013 | 2:20 pm

  • Award named for Nobel laureate

    October 3, 2013 | 3:20 pm

    The wheel of history has come full circle for Otto Meyerhof (1884-1951), a biochemist who was once the pride of Germany as a Nobel laureate, then a Jewish refugee, and now rehabilitated and honored by his native country.

    A particularly interested witness to this process is...

  • Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

    August 30, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

    Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the...

  • Young U.S. Jews feel closer to Israel, studies find

    August 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Young American Jews have closer ties to Israel than ever before, while Israelis who have moved to the United States are raising the Jewish consciousness of all Jews in the New World.

    Such upbeat conclusions may run counter to more prevalent pessimistic pronouncements, but they...

  • Tending tolerance in ‘The Gardener’

    August 1, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Movies from D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” to Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will” have stirred political passions and ruffled international diplomatic feathers, and now comes “The Gardener.”

    There are a number of ironies about this lyrical documentary. To start...

  • Drug dealer makes “Aliyah”

    June 30, 2013 | 9:55 am

  • L.A. elects first Jewish mayor

    May 22, 2013 | 8:16 am

  • Ventura Film Fest remembers Sally Davis, celebrity journalist

    March 1, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    The Ventura Jewish Film Festival, opening March 9, will range across the Jewish world, from Ireland to Israel, and, in time, from the 19th century to the present.

    Now marking its 10th anniversary, the festival has become a popular weekend destination for many Angelenos. This...

  • “The Flat” uncovers a relationship between a Nazi and a Jew

    October 17, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    The Israeli documentary “The Flat” begins in a Tel Aviv apartment, where half a dozen people are clearing out 70 years of clutter left behind by their grandmother, who has died recently at 98.

    After this deceptively low-key start, Arnon Goldfinger, the film’s director, writer and...

  • Tel Aviv University, UC Irvine collaborate

    October 11, 2012 | 11:06 am

    In 2025, more than 8 billion people are projected to inhabit our globe, linked by advanced communication devices and techniques.

    Israeli and American electrical engineers and computer scientists from Tel Aviv University (TAU), the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and...

  • American history at Skirball: ‘We the People …’

    October 3, 2012 | 4:53 pm

    As the citizens of the United States enter the home stretch of the quadrennial presidential elections, the Skirball Cultural Center is presenting four simultaneous exhibitions to show how the experiment in American democracy was born and how it is faring some 236 years later.

    The...

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