Uriel Heilman RSS

is JTA's senior writer and former managing editor. Follow him on Twitter at @urielheilman


  • Cleanliness at Zomick’s challah bakery

    After reports of failed inspections and vermin at New York’s popular challah baker, Zomick’s released another statement underscoring the commitment to cleanliness at the company.

  • After career in Congress, Peter Deutsch finds new life in Israel

    After leaving Washington, former six-term Democratic congressman Peter Deutsch assumed a radically different identity: Resident of Israel, father to an IDF combat soldier and champion of Jewish education (on the government’s dime).

  • Top 10 Tisha b’Av films

    If you’re looking for something more appropriate to watch on Tisha b’Av than “Orange is the New Black,” the JTA staff has come up with this top 10 list to help get you though the day commemorating Jewish tragedies.

  • Zomick’s Bakery responds: We’re clean!

    Zomick’s Bakery, a major challah supplier in the New York area, responds following reports that it failed 10 out of 17 recent health inspections.

  • RCA issues guidelines on sex abuse

    The Rabbinical Council of America issued new guidelines to prevent sexual abuse in synagogues and schools.

  • Rebuffing critics, Claims Conference reelects chairman and looks ahead

    The Claims Conference board’s decisions to renew the term of its embattled chairman and end investigation of how it missed an early opportunity to detect a massive fraud scheme are unlikely to placate critics. But there’s little they can do about it.

  • Claims Conf. report on bungled fraud episode in 2001 splits the organization

    The release of a highly anticipated ombudsman’s report about how the Claims Conference missed an opportunity in 2001 to detect a massive fraud scheme raises serious questions about governance at the Holocaust restitution organization.

  • What took the Egyptian Army so long?

    Even more surprising than the Egyptian Army’s decision to side with protesters against President Mohamed Morsi was the army’s capitulation to the president over the last year.

  • Jewish public schools? Hebrew charter franchises offer radically different models

    With Ben Gamla’s emphasis on fostering a Jewish environment versus the Hebrew Charter School Center’s focus on Hebrew disassociated from Judaism, the nation’s only two Hebrew charter school franchises offer divergent approaches to the rapidly growing charter movement.

  • Advocacy effort has Jewish schools reaping hundreds of millions in gov’t money

    Jewish day schools and yeshivas are organizing to become much more effective not only at accessing government money but in lobbying state government for more, corralling hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. How much more can Jewish schools get?