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  • Help Rebecca Spence write a novel

    I worked with Rebecca Spence way back when at the Forward. Now, lucky me/us/you, she’s started freelancing for JTA. She’s also raising money — to help her pay the bills as she writes a semi-historical novel inspired by her Sephardic Israeli grandmother’s story. Click here for more info on the project (and a video).

  • Oldest survivor dies

    Reuters reports that Leopold Engleitner, reportedly the oldest known survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, has died. He was 107. Engleitner, a conscientious objector whose life was documented in the book and film “Unbroken Will”, was imprisoned in the Buchenwald, Niederhagen and Ravensbrueck camps between 1939 and 1943. He refused to renounce his Jehovah’s Witness…

  • Reading the Bibi leaves

    Prime Minister Netayahu has already declared his support for a two-state solution and for years has been urging the Palestinians to come back to the negotiating table. But his left-wing and centrist critics don’t buy it. They say that Bibi’s real plan is to stall indefinitely while avoiding blame for, well, stalling indefinitely. It’s like…

  • Bloomberg gets frisky with NYT

    I’m willing to wager that if you polled American Jews on who they would like to be their mayor, Michael Bloomberg would be at the top of the list. Ask them which newspaper most reflects their world view and sensibilities, and I’d bet on The New York Times ranking first. Well, the two are crossing…

  • Dr. Ruth: No advice for Hannah Horvath

    The latest addition to my list of failed brilliant ideas… I saw on 6nobacon that Dr. Ruth and Lena Dunham are both being honored this week by Planned Parenthood. So I marched into the JTA bullpen area, Michael Scott-style, and declared that we must get Dr. Ruth on the phone and record her dishing sex tips…

  • Another reason to go to Ken’s Diner: The owners will save your life

    Until this week, Ken and Daniel Hechtman were best know for owning Ken’s Diner, a kosher establishment in Skokie, Ill. Then on their way home Sunday night they encountered an accident and pulled folks out of the burning wreckage. I guess it would be a little gauche for them to do it themselves, but someone…

  • A call for civil marriage in Israel

    Ben Sales filed a story last week about various religious pluralism issues still on the burner. Right on cue… Susie Gelman, a co-owner of the Washington Jewish Week and immediate past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, is calling for the introduction of civil marriage in Israel. Just a few weeks ago, Gelman…

  • Will.i.am channels JTA.am.i

     In case you missed it, here was my take on the Justin Bieber-Anne Frank flap: The guy is a mega-famous teen hearthrob. He’s in a city with more than 200 places to legally purchase and smoke marijuana. And he chooses to spend an hour learning about Anne Frank. And now he’s getting the business? He…

  • Oklahoma pol finds out on fly ‘Jewing down’ isn’t kosher

     Just watch! (And the if you somehow need more, read the AP report here.)

  • Running rabbi recounts chaos, vows to run Boston Marathon again

    The Jewish Exponent has a profile on Rabbi Benjamin David, religious leader of Adath Emanu-El in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and co-founder of Running Rabbis, who ran the Boston Marathon on Monday. [[READMORE]] “People were running toward the scene and away from the scene,” David said. “Police were scrambling. The hardest part is that no one…