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is the online coordinator for JTA.


  • Yom Kippur War’s 40th anniversary

    This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. While the long-term consequences of the conflict are often overshadowed by those of the 1967 war, the Yom Kippur War has also had enduring impact.

  • Memories of Rosh Hashanah Past

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, was celebrated last week. And while many Jews engage in the traditional eating of apples and honey and repenting of past misdeeds in synagogue, the holiday also offers an object lesson in the varieties of Jewish religious celebration. For some, Rosh Hashanah is a travel opportunity. Perhaps the most…

  • The devastation of Hurricane Katrina

    Last week marked the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. The Jews of the Crescent City weren’t spared, losing several houses of worship and suffering a huge population drop that took years to recover.

  • Haredi rabbi: Fur is a ‘chillul hashem’

    Haredi Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Pappenheim surprises many by coming out against fur hats at an animals rights conference.

  • After 30 years, J. publisher says goodbye

    (J Weekly Nora Contini – Courtesy of J Weekly) It was in February 1984 that I interviewed for the position of business manager of the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. I knew the business of print journalism, but that wasnot what attracted me to the job. I was drawn in by the fact that it…

  • Jewish Book Festival lands Harvey Fierstein for keynote talk

    The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival has announced that Broadway legend and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will be the festival’s opening night keynote speaker on Sunday, Nov. 3 Read more here:

  • Top 10 Israeli apps that are revolutionizing your journeys

    (Abigail Klein Leichman – Jewish Times of South Jersey) Whether it’s a navigation aid you’re seeking, or a city bus or parking, these apps have you covered. One will check your tire pressure and another checks your breath to gauge if you’re too tipsy to drive – and it’ll even hail you a cab if…

  • Jews and civil rights

    The March on Washington, which marks its 50th anniversary next week, was a high point of Jewish involvement in the struggle for civil rights.

  • HBO documentary recounts life of legendary broadcaster Marty Glickman

    “Glickman” tells the story of how an athlete who missed out on the 1936 Olympics allegedly because of anti-Semitism went on to transform sports broadcasting during a period of cultural change in America.

  • Scandals in Jewish organizations

    Last week, the longtime CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, William Rapfogel was fired amid allegations of financial malfeasance. While certainly not an everyday occurrence, Jewish organizations are no strangers to scandal of varying kings.