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


  • Amid $6M deficit, Detroit-area JCC may close

    With the extent of the community center’s financial problems now clear, the local federation is recommending that the 59-year-old institution shut its doors.

  • JTA’s top 10 stories of the year

    Re-read (or read for the first time) JTA’s top 10 most-read stories of 2014.

  • USY and the interdating ban reexamined

    JTA’s story on the easing of USY’s interdating ban generated a firestorm. But if the Conservative movement is looking for a cause for concern, there’s something else it should be worried about.

  • O.U. boosting effort to bring gov’t funding into Jewish schools

    “The real solution to the tuition crisis lies in using our political power and our advocacy efforts to increase state and local government funding for yeshivot and day schools,” O.U. leader Allen Fagin said.

  • A Foxman’s bashert and a chance subway meeting

    In The New York Times’ Vows column, the ADL’s Abraham Foxman kvells about the recent wedding of his son, Ariel, to a Cuban-American man who converted to Judaism.

  • A kosher surprise at San Diego’s Grand Del Mar

    A simple gesture at breakfast underscored the quality of the service at this Mediterranean-style resort hotel in San Diego.

  • For poker champ Ari Engel, kipah works to his advantage

    Winning one recent tournament, this son of an Orthodox rabbi took home $136,500. Engel estimates that he has grossed $5 million playing poker over the last decade.

  • USY drops ban on interdating

    At its annual conference, the Conservative movement’s youth group voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews. USY also decided against requiring the board to be Shabbat observant.

  • For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

    For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither forgotten nor forgiven.

  • Causing stir, prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

    Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewish Children.” But something changed his mind.