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.
April 15, 2013 2:50pm
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…
April 15, 2013 2:21pm
Tablet reports that Rabbi Michael Broyde is out, at least for now, as a dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America, the religious court operated by the Rabbinical Council of America: “Rabbi Broyde has admitted to behavior that the Rabbinical Council finds extremely disturbing,” Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA, told Tablet. “We have determined…
April 15, 2013 5:17am
The new film “42″ chronicles and celebrates Jackie Robinson’s courage in integrating baseball. Less well known is Robinson’s off-the-field effort to combat prejudice of all stripes.
April 15, 2013 2:25am
Writing for Ha’aretz, Debra Nussbaum Cohen appears to have landed the first interview with Rabbi Michael Broyde, following The Jewish Channel’s expose revealing that the prominent ethics scholar had created a fake rabbinic persona that he used to praise his own work, debate others and infiltrate a rival rabbinic group. According to Nussbaum Cohen’s account,…
April 12, 2013 2:26pm
Yes, I know. I should have posted Monday. Tuesday at the latest. But don’t be so hard on me. Matt Weiner and Scott Hornbacher needed a double episode for the premier of Season 6 (“The Doorway”). Getting going takes time. The truth is, for most of the two hours, I wasn’t sure that your favorite…
April 11, 2013 11:35am
I have a few thoughts on Natan Sharansky’s much-heralded plan for resolving the dispute over prayer at the Western Wall. But first, a quick recap: As things currently stand, if you are facing the most famous/visited section of the Western Wall, you have the men-only section on the left and women-only section on the right….
March 25, 2013 6:15pm
When I read today about the death of former Times reporter and columnist Anthony Lewis, I remembered something he told me in an interview for the Forward published Dec. 14, 2001 (sorry, not available online): Given his preoccupation with civil liberties, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Lewis says he feels most Jewish…
March 25, 2013 1:19pm
Don’t expect Jewish hawks, conservatives and Republicans to start developing a strong case of Obama love. But several voices in these camps are praising the president’s recent trip to Israel. [[READMORE]] Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor at Commentary, says Obama did/said enough to silence any talk of his being anti-Israel: But one thing has undoubtedly…
March 22, 2013 11:32am
From the JTA wire: JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel does not owe its existence to the Holocaust but its existence prevents another one from happening, U.S. President Obama said on the third and final day of his first presidential visit to Israel. "Here we hope," Obama said on Friday at Yad Vashem’s Hall of the Children after touring…
March 21, 2013 2:25pm
With Passover just around the corner, The Daily Beast/Newsweek and the Forward have each come out with best-of-the-rabbis lists. Now an annual tradition, the DB/Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis list is about which rabbis wield the most influence — in the Jewish community and the wider world. This year’s addition was produced by former Forward online…