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The Internet's Effect on Jewish Newspapers

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) likes to think of itself as the the Jewish AP. The JTA is a non-profit news service that disseminates the happenings in the Jewish world as soon as they happen. Ideally, they try to scoop all the other news agencies and print media.

JTA Publisher Ami Eden

Report from Middle America: who cares about foreign policy?

During 12 days away from the news – in the middle of Iowa, if you can believe that - I was reminded of the curious bubble that those of us who live and work in the midst of the American Jewish world inhabit.

In that time, I didn't hear Israel, the Middle East or Iran raised a single time –unless I raised it.

James Ponet, The Rabbi Of The Hour

 So finally the great secrets of the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky wedding have been revealed: Rabbi James Ponet (pronounced Po-NET, not Po-NAY), the director of Yale University's Slifka Center for Jewish Life, co-officiated with Methodist minister Rev. William Shillady in a ceremony that included elements from both religious traditions.

As any Google News search will attest, much has already been (and will be) detailed about the wedding. A lengthier, more thoughtful column from yours truly is in the works, so please stay tuned! 

Hot and Bothered in the City of David

The thing about living in Jerusalem is you can't take a step without bumping into a pregnant woman.

You can't take a step without bumping into anyone, period, but when you're in the unfortunate position of wondering if you're ever going to have children yourself and you are constantly having to offer up your seat on the bus for the umpteenth pregnant and married "woman" – and by woman, I mean barely out of her teens, well, you start to look around for a way to just end it all.

But that's just the heat talking.

iPhone App Features Talking Points on Intermarriage

NOTE: The following is a post about an iPhone application that provides suggestions for what parents should say to their children to prevent them from intermarrying. It is not a product review of the application, but rather a news story. Neither the blogger nor The New York Jewish Week endorses this iPhone application. We realize the controversial nature of this application and hope you will leave your opinion in the comments section.

Application Presents Resource for Parents Who Don't Want Their Children to Intermarry

The Secret Behind Never Being Single Again

Visualization is my new thing.

As in, The Secret, which I just discovered. I know, I know, ‘tis a lot like saying, “Hey! I just saw a great movie. Forest Gump! Heard of it?”

Which is another way of saying, I’ve got my finger on the pulse, people!

The Call Of The Highway

As mentioned earlier, this is the first summer in five that my family hasn't spent under the starry skies of the Catskills, and for me that means about six to eight hours a week back in my life that were often spent on the Cross Bronx Expressway, the New York Thruway, Rt. 17, and various other roadways with which I experimented. At 250 miles round trip, I estimate that I logged in the neigborhood of 10,000 miles in four summers making the trip to the blessed land of bungalows.

Does Amar'e Stoudemire Being Jewish Matter?

A shock of virtual enthusiasm ripped through the Web this week when Amar'e Stoudemire, the $100-million basketball star who recently signed with the Knicks, announced that he's Jewish.  “I am proud to be a Hebrew and embrace my Jewish background,” he told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, shortly after arriving in Israel. 

It was his first time in the country, which he was visiting to learn more about his Jewish heritage. But it is still unclear what exactly brought about his newfound interest. Ha'aretz reported that the trip was prompted by him recently learning that his mother was Jewish, but The Jerusalem Post quotes him as saying "I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother."

Too Much Intermarriage Talk Even For Me

Whew! The Washington Post’s On Faith blog has invited an exhausting 16 (and no space for yours truly?!) panelists to weigh in on interfaith marriage: thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral. OK, the questions are actually a little more thoughtful:

New Media Conference: One-Man Effort Outpaces Organized Jewish Community

Attention Jewish organizations looking to learn more about social media (and who isn’t?): be sure Dave Weinberg is on your radar.

The 28-year-old resident of Silver Spring, Md. single-handedly conceived of and put together an impressive conference in New York yesterday, billed as The Future of Jewish Non-Profit Summit, and attended by about 100 people in person -- and many more on Twitter and Facebook.

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