When Suzanne Weiner-Zada was growing up in Hungary, her father, a wealthy lumber merchant, took out eight insurance policies with Assicurazioni Generali of Italy, one of the world's largest insurance companies, which operated extensively in the pre-World War II Jewish communities of...
May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Ramon Memorial Service Held
A state memorial service for Israel's first astronaut was held at an air force base near Ben-Gurion Airport. A plane carrying Col. Ilan Ramon's remains from the United States landed Monday and was taken to the base for the ceremony. Israeli President...
February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years' probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended.
The Jan. 21 sentencing...
December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm
I once appeared in court to ask that three additional defendants be held liable on a judgment.
The judge was skeptical -- until I showed him that the additional defendants had forged both a set of articles of incorporation and a doctor's business license.
The judge looked at the...
November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm
October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm
At a shabby, deserted golf course in an isolated area of Calabasas, a half-started construction site sits idle, and some 31 yeshiva bocherim learn Talmud at the makeshift campus of Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles.
Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman had opened the high school with nine students in...
February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Non-Orthodox Jews both inside and outside Israel are celebrating a historic court ruling recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions as valid and binding upon the Jewish state.
Given the complexity of Israeli society, however, Wednesday's ruling by Israel's High Court of Justice...
January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm
November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Anti-Arafat Complaint Filed in Belgium
A group of Israelis filed a complaint against Yasser Arafat in Belgium. The group, called the Terror Victims Association, said the complaint against Arafat and several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and the PLO,...
July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Israel-Bashing Feared at Racism Conference
Jewish groups and Israeli diplomats met in London last week to map out strategies for fighting Arab and Muslim efforts to hijack an upcoming international conference on racism that is shaping up as the biggest bash-Israel session ever....
May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...
April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm
April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pmAn Israeli court has convicted five people in the collapse of a bridge at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 that left four Australian athletes dead and scores of others injured.
Following a trial that lasted more than two years, at which more than 80 witnesses testified about the disaster...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmBack in 1991, David Brenner was king of the comedy mountain.
The comic had appeared well over 100 times on the "Tonight Show," which he often guest-hosted in the 1970's and '80's. He enjoyed lucrative Las Vegas appearances and was a perennial guest on TV shows like "Letterman."
September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pmSome advice for the new year: Don't get into trouble in New Jersey. The judges there are really tough.
How tough? Well, they've got Barry Fisher rattled, and that isn't easy. A Los Angeles human-rights lawyer, Fisher has tussled with some of the toughest of the tough. But those New...
July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Trafficking in Futility
I was caught in the cruel cogs of a heartless machine. I was stripped of my humanity and dignity. I was without representation or recourse.
I was in traffic court.
Before my little run-in...
July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Weighing a World Court
Some 5,000 diplomats, journalists and human rights activists from 150 countries are gathered in Rome this month to complete negotiations on a decades-long project that could be the fulfillment of an age-old Jewish...
July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Much of the school was outraged. All spring, Bauchman was subjected to ridicule and abuse from students -- and, allegedly, from the music teacher. Graduation day became an impromptu anti-Bauchman protest. Parents and students joined hands to sing the...
November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pmBeth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood, one of the most venerable and historical Jewish cemeteries in Southern California, is in danger of being abandoned and padlocked.
Beth Olam is the Jewish section of Hollywood Memorial Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Gower St. It is in bankruptcy and...