Julie Wiener

Bayside Cemetery Suit Groundless, Says Shul

10/31/2007
Special To The Jewish Week
Responding to a federal class action lawsuit over its management of a large Queens cemetery, an Upper West Side congregation has filed papers asserting that the plaintiffs have no relationship with the synagogue or cemetery and can’t show that they have suffered any personal damage.

Noah Feldman And The Snub Factor

08/17/2007
Special To The Jewish Week
All month I’ve been debating whether or not to jump into the Noah Feldman frenzy.   Feldman, for those of you who have spent the past month under a rock, is the bete noire of Modern Orthodoxy: a yeshiva day school grad who recently published a New York Times Magazine article about how his alma mater has ostracized him for intermarrying.

Welcome to In the Mix

Since April 2006, "In the Mix" has appeared monthly in The Jewish Week. The first and only regular newspaper feature by, for and about intermarried Jews, "In the Mix" draws on journalist Julie Wiener's own experiences raising a Jewish family together with her lapsed Catholic husband, but the column also incorporates extensive interviews, reporting and research from the field. It has addressed everything from conflicts over circumcision, to Julie's mother-in-law's Catholic funeral to an ongoing interfaith divorce battle.

Generation Patrilineal

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

Joelle Asaro Berman was born to an Italian-American mother and a Jewish father in 1983, the very same year that Reform rabbis voted to recognize as Jewish the children of such unions, provided they made “appropriate and timely public and formal acts of identification with the Jewish faith and people.”

Tutoring Trend Tests Jewish Values

Privatized learning seen as threat to communalism.

12/23/2009
Associate Editor

Several times a year, Jo Kay, the director of the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s education school, finds herself in a tricky position.

She has to decide how best to respond to unaffiliated families who — seeking an alternative to synagogue Hebrew schools — ask her if she can help them find a private tutor.

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Orthodox Come To Rubashkin’s Defense

As liberal groups hope bank fraud conviction leads to better business practices, Orthodox ones question zeal of prosecution.

11/18/2009
Associate Editor

Sholom Rubashkin, the manager of the now-infamous Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa, has only completed one of two federal trials, and already — barring a successful appeal — he is looking at a life in prison.

The prospect of such severe punishment — for a man who many credit with making affordable kosher food available in previously underserved markets and for contributing generously to tzedakah, particularly to the Chabad community — has some Orthodox Jews complaining that the kosher meat tycoon is more victim than criminal.

At the same time, liberal Jewish groups that have been critical of the company’s practices — particularly its alleged mistreatment of workers — are hoping the conviction prompts better business practices in the kosher industry and Jewish nonprofit sector.

No Peace Of Mind

02/14/2003
Staff Writers
Bella Zuzel is Sabbath observant but plans to break tradition to march in Saturday's rally against the war in Iraq. "For me this is pikuach nefesh, with many lives at stake," she said, referring to the Jewish provision allowing one to break Jewish law in order to save a life.

Safran Foer’s ‘Literary’ Haggadah

10/29/2009
Assistant editor

Although best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s just-released book, “Eating Animals,” makes a strong argument for vegetarianism, his work-in-progress, a new Haggadah, will not have a vegetarian — or indeed, any — theme other than the pursuit of literary excellence.

On Smorgasbord Judaism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s understandable that people who are concerned about the future of Jewish life tend to be passionate and emphatic when discussing intermarriage.

 

But often, when expressing their legitimate concern about this topic people can go over the top.

 

‘Kiddie Korner’ Tackles Adult-Size Day Care Need

Licensed Jewish day care centers, especially ones that take tots under 2, are shockingly rare.

10/29/2009

Little Wylie Berman, heeding nature’s call, was christening (so to speak) Kiddie Korner’s new changing table. Hands — and tush —on.

September’s dedication ceremony for the new Chabad day care center in Brooklyn Heights had just ended, the ribbon duly cut by local Rep. Yvette Clarke, and the doors opened to the parents and their children who were to populate it.

Gonzo Berman, 11-month-old Wylie’s dad who handled the diapering, pronounced the infant room’s table good.

At a new Chabad day care facility, teacher Menucha Aron kneads “challah” with toddlers
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