Uriel Heilman RSS

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


  • Ryan Braun’s Jewiness

    Ryan Braun’s suspension from Major League Baseball for using performance-enhancing drugs apparently has riled up the Jew haters.

  • RIP Dannis Farina, aka Cousin Avi

    Once of Dennis Farina’s finest roles was as a foul-mouthed Orthodox Jewish jeweler in the 2000 film “Snatch.”

  • Rabbi vs. Helen Thomas

    Rabbi David Nesenoff, who recorded the late Helen Thomas saying the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine,” recalls his chance encounter with the veteran UPI reporter at the White House in 2010.

  • 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.