Julie Wiener

A Match Made In ... Queens

Novel fundraising approach enables Orthodox day school to thrive.

02/11/2010
Associate Editor

Alan Steinberg likes to call it the “miracle on Grand Central Parkway.”
Last summer, Yeshiva Har Torah, where Steinberg serves as executive vice president, was, like many other Jewish day schools, scrambling to raise funds to compensate for its widening, $400,000 budget gap.

Lucky for them, a donor approached, offering to match all funds raised in the school’s “Mind the Gap” campaign. But there was a catch: every Har Torah family would have to make some sort of contribution, and within 30 days.

Yeshiva Har Torah’s parents rallied together to donate $200,000 to the school, matched by an anonymous donor.

Fresh Debate Over New National Charter School Movement

Steinhardt-backed group looks to seed 20 new schools, while other charter supporters call vision 'misguided.'

02/03/2010
Associate Editor

The race to establish a national Hebrew charter schools movement has officially begun, igniting a growing, and fierce, debate about the vision and purpose of schools that could potentially revolutionize the American Jewish education landscape.

Principal Maureen Campbell with students at Brooklyn's Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

At Limmud NY, Too Much Of A Good Thing

01/26/2010
Associate Editor

Last week, after years of contemplating it but being stymied by various logistical challenges, I finally made it, with my two daughters in tow, to Limmud NY.

On the ride there Friday, as our bus ascended the curving mountain road to the Catskills hotel where this Jewish learning festival/conference would be held, 3-year-old Sophie sent me into a fit of soul-searching that would throw me off for the entire weekend.

At Limmud NY, Too Much Of A Good Thing

01/28/2010
Associate Editor

Last week, after years of contemplating it but being stymied by various logistical challenges, I finally made it, with my two daughters in tow, to Limmud NY.
On the ride there Friday, as our bus ascended the curving mountain road to the Catskills hotel where this Jewish learning festival/conference would be held, 3-year-old Sophie sent me into a fit of soul-searching that would throw me off for the entire weekend.

Orthodox Group Pushing Ethical Kosher Guidelines

In wake of Agriprocessors, RCA targets ‘wrongdoing.’

01/28/2010
Associate Editor

A few months after the Conservative movement unveiled a first draft of its “Magen Tzedek” standards for evaluating whether kosher food companies comply with Jewish ethical teachings, a centrist Orthodox group has issued its own “principles and ethical guidelines” for the kosher food industry.

Todah ‘Rabba?’

01/28/2010

The Orthodox world is one letter — the letter “i” — away from calling a woman rabbi.
Sara Hurwitz, who has for almost a year filled rabbinic roles at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale alongside the Orthodox shul’s longtime rabbi, Avi Weiss, recently took on the new title “rabba” (pronounced ra-BAH).

Sara Hurwitz: From “maharat” to “rabba.”

Food For Thought

Staff Writer
04/03/2009

A longtime professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, David Kraemer regularly ventures a few blocks north of the campus to shop at the Harlem Fairway.

At this New York foodie mecca, the mostly vegetarian Kraemer, who is the primary cook of his family, indulges his zeal for all things culinary while rustling up ingredients for Shabbat dinner.

Jewish Learning, Limmud Style

On Jan. 15, more than 700 Jews from a mix of backgrounds will head to the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson for four days of lectures, text-study sessions, performances and workshops at the sixth annual Limmud NY Conference.

01/14/2010
Staff Writer

On Jan. 15, more than 700 Jews from a mix of backgrounds will head to the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson for four days of lectures, text-study sessions, performances and workshops at the sixth annual Limmud NY Conference. Inspired by the Limmud Conference in England — which has been around for more than 25 years — Limmud NY has spawned an entire network, with Limmud (Hebrew for “learning”) conferences now in six U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Orleans.

 Sissy Block: Limmud introduces Jews from the various branches to each other. Mark Sutton

Food For Thought

Chatting with David Kraemer, the scholarly author of ‘Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages.’

04/03/2009
A longtime professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, David Kraemer regularly ventures a few blocks north of the campus to shop at the Harlem Fairway. At this New York foodie mecca, the mostly vegetarian Kraemer, who is the primary cook of his family, indulges his zeal for all things culinary while rustling up ingredients for Shabbat dinner.
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