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is JTA’s CEO and editor in chief, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency’s operations, including editorial, business, marketing and fundraising. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward newspaper and the founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward Web site. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia.

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  • 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…

  • Mass General doctor: Israelis helped us set up disaster team

    Alastair Conn, the chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, told reporters Monday that the hospital received training from an Israeli team two years ago. “About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in…

  • ADL to Israel Broadcasting Authority: Let them wear Galliano!

    We reported last week that the Israel Broadcasting Authority barred Israel’s contestant in the international Eurovision music contest from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano. Now the ADL’s Abe Foxman says he’s "outraged" at the decision. Galliano lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior two years ago after being arrested for…

  • RCA: Broyde taking leave of absence from group

    The Rabbinical Council of America just issued this statement: [[READMORE]] Rabbi Michael Broyde has acknowledged behavior which the Rabbinical Council of America finds deeply troubling.  As announced by the Beth Din of America, he will, properly, immediately cease to serve as a dayan on the RCA’s affiliated rabbinical court and be placed on indefinite leave. …

  • Stop picking on The Bieber

    The Anne Frank House is defending Justin Bieber from all those who are criticizing him for writing in the guest book that he hoped the teen diarist would have "been a Belieber." Here’s its Facebook post on the matter: "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We…