Human Interest

The Oren-At-Brandeis Controversy: Two Views

05/18/2010

Israeli Ambassador Wrong For Commencement.

Rebecca Blady And Hillel Buechler
Special to the Jewish Week

Perfidious Son: Aaron David Miller Rejects the Peace Process

05/17/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

The Ethics of Innovation

05/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Faster! Bigger! Newer! More in touch! The innovative sector of Jewish life is thriving as never before through grassroots movements, including hip prayer groups, Jewish farming, and religious community organizing that are emerging to meet an expanding range of Jewish needs. While I consider myself a social entrepreneur within this trend and am excited by its progress and creativity, I can’t help but raise ethical concerns and questions about this progress. Why do so many innovators find it necessary to disparage the larger Jewish establishments?

Shmuly Yanklowitz

Bright Flight

Israel’s brain power is increasingly global and mobile, and the country is moving to keep academics at home.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

T el Aviv — Israeli Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz announced recently that the country was unintentionally subsidizing the entire Western world to the tune of some $3 billion with its exported brain power. 

“We have one tremendous resource and that’s our human capital,” Hershkowitz told a recent conference on education, basing his estimate on the amount Israel invests in training its academics, thousands of whom are working abroad. “But we are bearing witness to brain drain abroad.” 

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Summer’s Best

A roundup of some of the top events in the coming season.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

 Want to taste some of the world’s best olive oils, sample the best new wines from the Golan or watch the final episode of Israel’s version of “American Idol” live? Those are some of the highlights of this summer’s tourist season in Israel.

In addition, travel agents and hotel concierges will undoubtedly steer tourists towards the country’s “Top 10” attractions.

Inbal Hotel chef Itzik Barak will take part in olive oil competition.

This Factory Sparkles

Touring jewelry and clothing designer
Michal Negrin’s empire in Bat Yam.

Special To The Jewish Week
05/12/2010

 I n 1982, when I was 10 years old, I saw an animateD FILM,
“The Secret of NIMH,” in which a secondary character, a crow named Jeremy, seeks to impress his female counterpart by giving her jewelry. “Gimme the sparkly,” he beseeches of the main character, a mouse named Mrs. Brisby. “I gotta have the sparkly! Girls can’t resist sparklies!”

A necklace Negrin designed for a show in Spain, above. Below, Neshama Shapiro, 8, models a Negrin hair accessory.

Kagan’s Nomination And What It Means

Religion not seen as key dividing line in country.

05/12/2010
Washington Correspondent

 The argument that anti-Semitism still stifles Jewish achievement in modern America will be a little harder to make if President Barack Obama’s second Supreme Court nomination passes muster with the Senate.

If Kagan is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have six Catholics and three Jews. Getty Images

Israel Parade Recruits Israelis

05/11/2010

The organizers of the annual Salute to Israel Parade are hoping that there will be an unusual sight at the event next week: lots of Israelis.

Michael Miller, executive vice president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the parade’s “parent” organization, says a special pitch is being made this year to attract as spectators more of the estimated 200,000 Israelis who live in the New York area to the five-hour, almost-mile-long march along Fifth Avenue.

Vroom at the parade: The annual Salute to Israel march on Fifth Avenue, which includes people on foot and motorcycles.

Yad Vashem To Honor Australian Woman Posthumously

05/11/2010

(JTA) —  An Australian woman is being honored posthumously by Yad Vashem for saving the life of a Jewish doctor during the Holocaust.

Irena Szumska-Ingram saved Bernard Hellreich from near certain death in the Polish town of Tarnow. The 20-year-old hid Bernard in her tiny apartment and then moved him to another secure home away from the clutches of the Nazis when the danger increased.

Long-Ago Issues

05/11/2010

The article on Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s meeting with Jewish leaders (“Dolan Steers Clear Of Troubling Issues,” April 30) raised the question why Dolan didn’t discuss the Inquisition or the Crusades.

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