Uriel Heilman RSS

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


  • Acknowledging failure on sex allegations, Norman Lamm steps down from Y.U.

    In a letter announcing he is stepping down as Yeshiva University’s chancellor and rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Norman Lamm acknowledged his failure to respond adequately to allegations of sexual abuse against Y.U. rabbis in the 1980s.

  • Norman Lamm’s letter announcing departure from Yeshiva University

    Read the full letter.

  • For Hebrew charter school kids, religion comes after school

    Religious after-school programs geared toward kids from Hebrew-language charter schools have several advantages over Hebrew schools, advocates say: They’re daily, they don’t have to teach Hebrew and they don’t have to spend time on bar-mitzvah prep.

  • Battle heats up in Claims Conference brouhaha

    Claims Conference Chairman Julius Berman is facing growing calls from critics who say he is not going far enough to investigate how a pair of fraud inquires in 2001 failed to detect a multimillion dollar fraud scheme underway at the conference. The criticism ranges from accusations that the internal committee Berman appointed to look into…

  • Germany commits to additional $800 million for home care for Holocaust survivors

    The German government agreed to significantly expand its funding of home care for infirm Holocaust survivors and relax eligibility criteria for restitution programs to include Jews who spent time in so-called open ghettos.

  • NYT ❤ ‘Fill the Void’

    The New York Times can’t get enough of “Fill the Void,” the no-longer-new film by haredi Orthodox director Rama Burshtein. The paper has run nearly half a dozen stories featuring the film; the latest piece, by A.O. Scott, appeared Friday. So if you get that deja-vu feeling when you thumb through the paper, it’s not…

  • After botched probe, Claims Conference chairman Julius Berman addresses accountability

    Following the revelation that he oversaw a bungled 2001 probe of fraud allegations at the Claims Conference, chairman Julius Berman talked to JTA about whether he’ll resign, what role he played in 2001, and whether it might be time for an apology.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Top Claims Conference officials carried out own botched probe of 2001 fraud

    The Claims Conference has blamed a now-dead regional director for bungling an early warning about a massive fraud scheme. But a document obtained by JTA shows top officials at the organization launched their own probe that failed to detect the scheme.

  • Rick Hodes, Jewish doc in Ethiopia, speaks to Brandeis grads

    American Jewish medical wunderkind Rick Hodes delivers a commencement address at Brandeis University.

  • Making sense of the Claims Conference brouhaha

    The way the Claims Conference handled an early warning of a massive fraud scheme within the organization is important to understanding who bungled the warning and whether there was a cover-up attempt.