Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Damage-Control Mode For Embattled Kosher Meat Giant

06/25/2008
Staff Writer
Fearing an onslaught of protestors, kosher meat giant Agriprocessors hastily changed a meeting planned for Tuesday afternoon in Midtown into a conference call. Agriprocessors’ attorney, Nathan Lewin, and the company’s newly hired compliance officer, former U.S. attorney Jim Martin, spoke to about 20 listeners who had been invited to participate. They included “distributors and community leaders,” said Juda Engelmayer, senior vice president of the public relations firm 5WPR, which was recently hired by the embattled kosher meat giant.

How Effective Is Virtual Activism?

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
My son, Aryeh, is 14 and like most kids his age, he finds Facebook vital to his existence. The social networking part is great — he is in near-constant touch with friends and relatives from both near and far, who constantly update each other on seemingly every aspect of their lives. But Facebook also provides something else for this high school student whose consciousness is blossoming — an opportunity to learn about and be involved with dozens of social justice and political causes.

Finding Their Voice

12/06/2002
Staff Writer
Just last week, in a pricey Chelsea accessories boutique, Danielia Roberts encountered an attitude that she finds herself getting used to. As she purchased some candleholders, it somehow came up that the sales clerk was Jewish.

Tel Aviv, We Have Liftoff

09/13/2002
Staff Writer
Growing up in Beersheva, Ilan Ramon didn't dream, as little boys in America did in the 1950s and 1960s, of being an astronaut. After all, no Israeli had ever been launched into space. He dreamt of flying, though, and soon learned to soar over his tiny country as a much-decorated Air Force pilot. Now Ramon, 48, will do what he dared not even dream: He will travel into space.

Hope In A Honey Jar

09/13/2002
Staff Writer
Soon after 9-11 last year I went to the grocery store around the corner from my house in Brooklyn to stock up on a few things. The Orthodox Muslim cashier, her face surrounded by a white scarf, dropped the change into my hand from a distance and without looking at me directly. I wondered if it was because I was Jewish.

12-Step Spirituality After 9-11

09/04/2002
Staff Writer
People flocked to religious services and other forms of psycho-spiritual support in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But several months later, it was widely reported that synagogue and church attendance had dropped down nearly to pre-9-11 levels. But among Jewish alcoholics and drug addicts, synagogue and 12-step meeting attendance remained much higher months after the terrorist attacks than it was before.

Harnessing The Growing Wealth Of Women

06/11/2008
Staff Writer
Alisa Levin was busy — as an attorney, as a mother and as a volunteer. In addition to facilitating multimillion-dollar “workout” and bankruptcy deals, she chaired the board of the private school her two children attended in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Though disinterested in mainstream Jewish philanthropy, several years ago she was asked to give a talk to the Women’s Executive Circle, a group within UJA-Federation of New York for female chief execs and managing directors, who give annual gifts of at least $6,000 in their own names.

The New Gen-X Judaism

08/02/2002
Staff Writer
Tamara Charm had a watershed experience when she chanted the Torah portion at Yom Kippur services last year at Drisha, the women's Torah learning academy, for a congregation of both women and men. "It was incredible to daven in a way which conformed to traditional halacha but felt like the women's section was participating as well as the men's," said Charm, 29. "It was very spiritual."

Freshman Facts

07/26/2002
Staff Writer
As teens across the country prepare to leave home for the start of college next month, a new nationwide study of freshmen reveals that Jewish students, more than their non-Jewish peers, would rather paint than pray. The study, "America's Jewish Freshmen: Current Characteristics and Recent Trends Among Students Entering College," showed significant differences in the attitudes and goals of Jews and non-Jews when it comes to spirituality, interest in the arts and culture, self-image: and time spent partying.

Dream Job

07/26/2002
Staff Writer
People always ask Ayelet Cohen why she, as a straight rabbi with every option, wants to work at a gay and lesbian synagogue. In response, she smiles and shares some of the reasons that working at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah is her dream job.
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