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is JTA's former managing editor. He is now director of business development at 70 Faces Media. Follow him on Twitter at @urielheilman.


  • For Jewish Mormons, hybrid identity seen as no contradiction

    SALT LAKE CITY (JTA) – Phyllis Miller’s experience growing up in Southern California wasn’t much different from that of many American Jews. The product of an intermarriage — her mother wasn’t Jewish but later converted — Miller’s family attended synagogue occasionally, kept the kids home from school on the High Holidays and ate matzah on Passover….

  • A Jewish skier’s picks: Prayer, kosher food and divine snow

    Jewish skiers now can find American mountains that serve kosher food, offer daily prayers and let you ski into a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Based on this reporter’s legwork, here are some destinations that Jews should consider checking out — even if just for the divine snow. Whenever possible: Ski Utah. Park City: After Vail Resorts bought Park City Mountain Resort and linked…

  • At kosher ski restaurant in Park City, an avalanche of challenges

    PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Laurent Masliah likes wine as much as the next Frenchman. But that’s not why he bought up every last bottle of kosher wine in the state of Utah and is desperately angling for more. Masliah is the general manager of Prime at Canyons, the nation’s only kosher slope-side restaurant. It’s located…

  • At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required

    PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing. Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley resort, the service is situated at about 8,800 feet above sea level, and it’s the nation’s…

  • Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

    (JTA) – In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites. Until now, Israeli mikvahs have denied access for conversion immersions to Reform and Conservative converts. Israel’s mikvahs are run by Israel’s Religious Services Ministry, which operates in lock-step with the Orthodox-dominated Israeli Rabbinate….

  • Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire primary, makes Jewish history

    (JTA) – Bernie Sanders made history Tuesday night when he became the first Jewish candidate in U.S. history to win a presidential primary election. With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, the Independent senator from Vermont trounced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary 60-38 percent. Sanders, a secular Jew and self-described…

  • Once Orthodox, eclectic rabbi finds Conservative home in New Hampshire

    David Senter is a rarity: an Orthodox rabbi from a “black hat” background who left Orthodoxy and now occupies a Conservative pulpit.

  • Who are the Jews of New Hampshire?

    The state, which is one of America’s oldest and whitest, has an estimated 10,000 Jews. Some longtime Jewish residents say they still feel like outsiders.

  • New Hampshire Jews trust Bernie Sanders, but voting all over the map

    With more Independent voters than either registered Democrats or Republicans, the state’s presidential primaries tend to be unpredictable.

  • At Sundance, ‘The Settlers’ trains lens on movement’s extremist fringe

    Filmmaker Shimon Dotan tells the story of the West Bank settlement enterprise through the eyes of its most radical supporters.