is JTA's managing editor, responsible for coordinating JTA's editorial team. He re-joined JTA in 2007 after a stint doing independent reporting in Israel and the Arab world. Before that, he served as New York bureau chief of the Jerusalem Post. An award-winning journalist, he has worked as a reporter for a variety of publications in the United States and in Israel.
August 22, 2012 2:21pm
Will the world be losing its only major friendly, pro-Israel media advocacy group? According to the Forward’s Nathan Guttman, The Israel Project (TIP) is close to announcing that its new CEO will be Josh Block, the former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). While AIPAC and TIP appear to share similar goals,…
August 21, 2012 2:41pm
Pamela Weisfeld, an Israeli immigrant from New Jersey who became the subject of a social media campaign after discovering last month that she had cancer, has died.
August 8, 2012 2:07pm
In the course of reporting out a story I wrote last week about the Siyum HaShas, the celebration of the completion of the page-a-day Talmud study known as the Daf Yomi, I had an illuminating conversation about Reform Judaism’s take on the Talmud with Rabbi Daniel Freelander, senior vice president of the Union for Reform…
August 7, 2012 9:24pm
Film critic Judith Crist, a one-time mainstay of the “Today” show and TV Guide, has died at 90.
August 7, 2012 4:57pm
Middle East expert Barry Rubin, a frequent source for journalists trying to sort through the muddle of this or that development in the Arab world, writes on his blog about dealing with the news that he has inoperable lung cancer. Nothing is stranger than having a normal life and then within a few hours knowing…
August 7, 2012 3:17pm
A few weeks ago, during a session in June at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, issued a call for a five year, $500-million-per-year investment in Jewish education. He then penned an Op-Ed in JTA outlining his vision for the $2.5 billion program, though it was short…
August 2, 2012 3:54pm
The sold-out crowd of 90,000 at the Siyum HaShas celebration at MetLife Stadium was almost exclusively Orthodox, but Daf Yomi Talmud study is beginning to spread beyond the movement and in unorthodox ways.
August 2, 2012 11:37am
Some 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the page-a-day Talmud cycle in the largest-ever Siyum HaShas.
August 1, 2012 11:29pm
More than 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the Siyum HaShas, celebrating the completion of the Daf Yomi page-a-day Talmud study cycle, Aug. 1, 2012. (Yisroel Golding/Siyumphotos) More than 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the Siyum HaShas, celebrating the completion of the Daf Yomi page-a-day Talmud study cycle,…
August 1, 2012 9:34pm
The Jewish Federations of North America umbrella group is denying a report in The Jewish Press that appears to question federation leaders’ Zionist bona fides. It all stems from a diatribe by longtime JFNA critic Richard Wexler, who suggested on his blog that JFNA officials have a problem with Zionism. It might have stayed there,…