Uriel Heilman RSS

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


  • For the record: Hitler did use chemical weapons, Chris Matthews

    Chris Matthews was dead wrong when he declared that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during World War II.

  • Facing Olympic hurdles, Israeli Bradley Chalupski still harbors skeleton hopes

    Skeleton racer Bradley Chalupski has been training for the Olympic Games since immigrating to Israel last year, but the qualifiers and the Israeli Olympic Committee still stand in his way.

  • As school crumbles, New Orleans Rabbi Uri Topolosky leaves city

    The only Jewish day school in New Orleans is down to 29 students, only about half of whom are Jewish. But the federation leader says the school’s struggles are not representative of the community’s overall health.

  • JTA 5773: Fighting over Jewish pluralism

    Jewish liberals seemed to have a good year in 5773, while Orthodox leaders and institutions found themselves on the defensive. But demographic trends suggest that the Jewish communities in the United States and Israel are growing less liberal.

  • Breaking Kosher: Is Los Pollos Hermanos certified?

    Jewish fans of “Breaking Bad,” fear not: There’s finally a Jewish angle to the show.

  • The war against intermarriage has been lost. Now what?

    Today, the very notion of fighting a battle against intermarriage in America seems as likely to succeed as a war against rain: It’s going to happen, like it or not. The question is how to react.

  • Aaron Panken, a pilot who will head Reform rabbinical school, eyes horizon

    If you want to lead a major Reform Jewish organization, here’s a piece of advice: Join the Westchester Reform Temple.

  • 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.