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Tom Tugend, JTA

    Jewish character actor reflects on 102 years

    LOS ANGELES — When actor, painter and writer Nehemia Persoff, at times dubbed “the last survivor of Hollywood’s golden age,” was a three-year old growing up in...

    A painting of Joseph Pulitzer (Library of Congress)

    New documentary explores the man behind the Pulitzer Prize

    LOS ANGELES — It’s a story that would not sound too out of place in 2019: New York’s leading newspaper accuses the president of the US of corruption and the...

    Diane Kruger in a scene from 'In the Fade.' (Screenshot from YouTube)

    Jewish-themed movies among 2018 Oscar shortlist

    LOS ANGELES — With the Academy Awards on the horizon, there is no shortage of high-quality films to see in theaters and on the small screen. Here are five of

    The infamous 'Burning Pit' used by the Nazis to burn the remains of their Jewish victims in the Ponar forest near Vilnius. (Ezra Wolfinger/WGBH)

    Astonishing escape: Holocaust tunnel verified

    YOM HASHOAH 5777 LOS ANGELES — A one-hour TV program which aired this week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques....

    Kirk Douglas, right, with son Michael and grandson Dylan at Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah, May, 2014. (Infinity Kornfeld Studios)

    Kirk Douglas celebrates his centenary

    LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, Dec. 9, and there...

    Jalal Masarwa, left, and Lamis Ammar in a scene from 'Sand Storm.' (Vered Adir)

    ‘Sand Storm’ provides glimpse into Bedouin life

    LOS ANGELES — The movie “Sand Storm,” Israel’s entry for Academy Award consideration, has won prestigious awards and glowing reviews in its limited release by...

    1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

    A one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one...

    American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 war

    LOS ANGELES — In May, 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight...

    ‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

    LOS ANGELES — Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg isn’t bothered seeing his years of struggle and triumph portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold,” a new...

    Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and more

    This article was originally published in 1991. In the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s Feb. 27 death, the piece is republished with the permission of the author. LOS ANGELES —...