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  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    2 weeks ago

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Rabbinic Leadership Institute graduates include Rabbis Denise Eger (second row, third from left), Ken Chasen (third row, third from right) and Stewart Vogel (front row, fourth from left). Rabbi Joshua Aaronson not pictured. Photo by Yonit Schiller

    Rabbis Joshua Aaronson of...

  • Israel and Nov. 29

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    “The Vote,” the best show in town, opened at 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 and, after 23 acts, closed down 60 minutes later.

    During that one hour, speakers, actors, musicians, singers and dancers commemorated the day, 65 years ago, when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to partition...

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  • Films of the Holocaust and non-Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Two documentary films, each touching the Holocaust era and celebrating the courage and devotion of non-Jews, are screening in Los Angeles.

    The first is about Leopold Engleitner, bright-eyed and lucid at 107, who spent 11 years in and out of prisons and Nazi concentration camps,...

  • ‘Incident at Vichy’ probes moral questions of ongoing relevance

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 25, 2012 | 11:26 am

    In 1964, the New York Herald Tribune asked playwright Arthur Miller to cover the war crimes trial in Germany of the Nazi officials who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

    While listening to the testimony of man’s inhumanity to man, Miller started writing “Incident at Vichy,” and...

  • Letters to the Editor: ‘Bully,’ Wall Street, Tom Tugend’s award

    March 28, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    Addressing the Bully Pulpit

    Thank you for bringing so much attention to the important issue of bullying (“The Battle to Get ‘Bully’ Seen by Those Who Need It Most,” March 23).

    When we talk about bullying, it’s not only about bystanders and targets. What is needed now is...

  • Award to recognize Jewish Journalist’s 50-year career

    By Ryan Torok

    March 14, 2012 | 6:29 pm

    The year was 1960. Tom Tugend, living in Israel and working as the temporary head of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s public relations department, had to make a choice: keep his job or return to Los Angeles to a UCLA job he’d had before moving to Israel. He went back to UCLA...

  • Judea Pearl, father of slain WSJ reporter, is a leader in artificial intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A man arrives at an airport for a flight, and as he goes through security the agent asks some questions.

    Did anyone help him pack his suitcase? What is the purpose of his trip? Is anyone accompanying him?

    During the conversation, the agent enters answers and facial reactions into a...

  • Holy land revealed

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

    One disappointed...

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer to mark belated Bar Mitzvah at Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    April 21, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Branko Lustig, 78, two-time Oscar-winner for “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator,” will celebrate his bar mitzvah on May 2 at Auschwitz, in front of Barrack 24.

    He missed his rite of passage as a 13-year-old because at the time, he was a prisoner in the very same barrack,...

  • Love on the fringe

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    Israel’s “The Matchmaker” headlines the sixth annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, taking place April 7-10. The opening night film, which was also spotlighted on the first night of Los Angeles’ 25th Israel Film Festival in October, has garnered two Ophirs — Israel’s...

  • Reflections on a Bar Mitzvah

    By Tom Tugend

    March 18, 2009 | 2:46 am

    The large California branch of the Tugend family flew to New York to celebrate the bar mitzvah of grandson Benjamin at a temple in suburban Larchmont, N.Y., last November, just before Thanksgiving.

    Ben’s older cousins in Van Nuys had marked their bar and bat mitzvahs years...

  • Israel and I: The first 60 years

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    By ship and plane, I've traveled to Israel 15 times over the last 60 years and, looking back, my relationship to the Jewish state has a certain Zelig-like quality.

    Zelig, you remember, was the Woody Allen character who popped up whenever and wherever some historic event was...

  • Maher and Snow spar at American Jewish University, Journal veteran Tugend praised as ‘Distinguished

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Maher, Snow Spar at American Jewish University

    Calling Bill Maher "politically incorrect" is too kind. Bitingly snide, bitterly sarcastic, at times crude, caustic and offensive, he is also horribly funny.

    Tony Snow declared himself "the sacrificial lamb" the moment he stepped on...

  • Rep. Berman in line to chair House foreign affairs panel

    By Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Howard L. Berman recalls that when he first ran for Congress in 1982, "one major reason was to strengthen our relationship with Israel and oppose the threat of radical Islam."

    Now the veteran legislator will be in an even stronger position to pursue his agenda as the likely...

  • PBS ‘Resurgence’ documentary explores reappearance of anti-Semitism

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," will discomfit viewers of all stripes.

    Airing Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. on KCET, the film will annoy those who believe that rising anti-Semitism is a myth fueled by Jewish paranoia and self-serving Jewish defense...

  • Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position; Survival of Jews in Iran is a paradox, pan

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, a key figure in Los Angeles civic and ecumenical relations for the last 16 years, has been appointed national director for interreligious affairs by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

    As director of...

  • Moves to reform Israel’s political system on the rise

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are Israelis constitutionally incapable of agreeing on a constitution to govern their country?
     
    Possibly.
     
    "Throughout Jewish history, we have always been a disputatious people, and in Israel, everyone thinks he or she is a prime minister. It's part of our nature," observed...
  • Scenes from 50 years of marriage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An acquaintance of mine, the late screenwriter Michael Blankfort, wrote a book with my favorite title, "I Didn't Know I Would Live So Long."
     
    If I were to write a sequel, it would be, "I Didn't Know I Would Be Married for 50 Years, and to the Same Woman."
     
    Well, Rachel and I are...
  • Defying Nazis?  Sure!  It’s all in a days work

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the books written on German militarism, "The Captain From Koepenick," by German playwright Carl Zuckmayer, is not only one of the great all-time satires, but penetrates to the heart of the matter more pointedly than a dozen treatises.
     
    The play premiered in 1930 and...
  • Jewish bond doesn’t draw all to Holiday observances

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They include a law professor, a newspaper editor, a computer scientist, an architect and a retired Army colonel.
     
    However diverse, they have one thing in common: They generally do not attend synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
     
    Yet they are neither self-denying...
  • Vietnamese Israeli family takes a long trip ‘home’

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 1977, an Israeli cargo ship nearing Japan spotted a leaking boat crammed with 66 Vietnamese men, women and children out of food and water.
     
    They were among the hundreds of thousands of "boat people," fleeing their war-ravaged country following the end of the Vietnam War. Despite...
  • Americans fighters in Israel get overdue thank you

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Grandfathers and grandmothers looked at the photos on the wall and saw themselves again as young, strapping soldiers, sailors and pilots, far from home and close to the face of history.
     
    They were the American and Canadian volunteers who had fought in Israel's War of Independence...
  • From Agony to Acceptance—Documentary Delves Into Intermarriage

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Holocaust survivor Leah Welbel learns that her American granddaughter is about to marry a Christian, she cries out, "When this happened in my old hometown, my family used to sit shiva. Here they expect me to open my arms. I can't do it."

    Leah's agony in the documentary, "Out...

  • Tinseltown Backs Terror Fight—Thanks to Israel Consul General Danoch

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Any Hollywood producer would give his right arm for the stars listed last week in a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times.

    Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Danny De Vito, William Hurt, James Woods, Gary Sinise, Millie Perkins and others....

  • Spielberg Gives $1 Million for Israel Relief

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When the Righteous Persons Foundation, created and financed by Steven Spielberg, announced earlier this month that it was giving $1 million for relief efforts in Israel, including $250,000 to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles crisis fund, the impact went beyond the...
  • Risks, Rewards of the Jewish Angle

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism has its risks, as veteran newsman Daniel Schorr has pointed out.

    Addressing a Jewish audience in Los Angeles some years ago, Schorr recounted that his first professional job, in the mid-1930s, was as a correspondent with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in his native...

  • Richard Wagner’s Day of Reckoning

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Was Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, a classical anti-Semite and proto-Nazi or has conventional assumption given him a bad rap?

    Who better to consider the question than Wagner himself, and he does on his last day on earth in 1883 in an apologia pro su vida addressed to the...

  • Quartet of Movies to Tell Pearl’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Filmmakers are currently wrestling with four different projects to document or dramatize the story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter beheaded by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in early 2002, leaving behind a pregnant wife.

    Pearl's life and tragic death would seem a...

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