Human Interest

Direct Approach

10/19/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Luba Gendelman, Jewish activist in her native Ukraine and Hebrew-school teacher in Brooklyn, had a simple reason for joining a leadership training program offered by the American Jewish Committee two years ago. “I didn’t know anything about the American Jewish community,” she says.

Jewish Jocks, From A To Z

01/29/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The Super Bowl, this Sunday’s National Football League championship game, isn’t the only notable sports event to take place on a Feb. 3 — there was also the 26 points scored by Phil Rabin of the Kingston Colonials against the Brooklyn Jewels in a 1937 American Basketball League game, and the Buffalo Bisons’ Max Kaminsky’s 1943 appearance in the first American Hockey League All-Star Game.

Rites Of Triumph (part 1)

08/21/2001 - 20:00
Staff Writer
First came the dogs. At 5, two years after he was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, Spenser Scharfman had developed a love for animals, and he told his parents he wanted a pet. “When you’re 7, we’ll get you a dog,” they told him. “We had no idea what that meant,” Stewart Scharfman says — they didn’t think Spenser would survive two more years.

Between A Hug And A Snub

08/02/2007 - 20:00
Associate Editor

When Noah Feldman, the new bete noir of Jewish life, arrives at Harvard next month for the start of classes, here’s how one Orthodox rabbi on campus will greet him: with a big hug.

Nobel Causes

10/22/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A refugee from Nazi Europe and a Long Island pharmacologist who began his career during the Depression received good news from Stockholm last week — announcements that they had won Nobel Prizes. Viennese-born Walter Kohn, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, received the 1998 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He shares the award and a $978,000 prize with John Pople of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.


This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.”


Summer Of Their Content

09/07/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
For some students, summer vacation isn’t a vacation from studying or from community service. While many high school and college students spend June through August making money or working on their tans, others use the time giving their time. This summer there were members of the American Jewish Society for Service who built Habitat for Humanity houses in Wyoming, and volunteers from Yeshiva and University Students for the Spiritual Revival of Soviet Jewry group who tutored at Jewish camps in the former Soviet Union.

Going Through Hoops

01/21/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Even by Tamir Goodman’s standards it has been an unusual two weeks. There’s the all-day studies at a Baltimore yeshiva, some basketball after school, homework and Gemara review — and the interviews with CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN and all the local TV stations. Goodman, a 17-year-old bochur, is becoming a basketball star.

‘Precious Human Being’

10/07/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It was another in the endless series of calls that Ted Arison received, asking for a handout. The person on the phone a few years ago wanted a sizable sum, as he had in the past. Mr. Arison gave the full amount. “Why don’t you simply say, ‘No! That’s enough!’?” Maks Birnbach asked his old friend. “He could not say no,” Birnbach says of Mr. Arison, who died last week of a heart attack in his Tel Aviv home.

Bridges To The 21st Century

04/30/1998 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Repairing A House Divided Called too pluralistic by the right and too Jewish by the left, Rabbi Mordechai Gafni carries on his crusade to get the secular and religious talking to one another. Steve Lipman Staff Writer
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