Steve Lipman

A Holocaust Survivor’s Bond With Troubled Teens

Documentary on Fanya Gottesfeld Heller focuses on the relationships she developed speaking in
inner-city schools about her wartime experience.

06/08/2010
Staff Writer

The first time Holocaust survivor Fanya Gottesfeld Heller told her story at Pacific High School, an alternative public school in downtown Brooklyn, she jumped every time a school bell sounded. The students, mostly black and Latino, all from low-income and troubled homes, noticed.

And all understood. Some 70 years after she came under Nazi rule as a young teen in her native Ukraine, and some 50 years after she immigrated to the United States, part of her is still that frightened adolescent.

Pacific High School students gather with Heller. Narell Hunt, third from left, holds her 4-year-old daughter, Nia.

TKO For Future Rabbi

06/08/2010
Staff Writer

Maybe he’ll fare better in yeshiva than in the ring.

Yuri Foreman, boxer and aspiring rabbi, lost his first bout on Saturday night, the first defense of his World Boxing Association super welterweight title. Wearing a black brace on his right knee, a result of a previous injury, he slipped on the wet canvas in the seventh round and twisted the knee. Foreman fought on in pain, hobbled and limping, until the fight was stopped on a technical knockout in the ninth round.

Photos By JTA

The Feast Of Weeks – A Week Late

06/01/2010

For most of the Jewish world, Shavuot, the Jewish feast of weeks, was observed about two weeks ago, on May 19 and 20.

For some residents of Israel, Shavuot came this week, on May 30.

The few thousand members of the Black Hebrews community in Dimona and surrounding Negev towns celebrated Shavuot on Sunday with singing and dancing.

Photo By Maya Barkai

Appreciation: Rabbi David Forman - An Orthodox Reform Jew

Although best known for founding the left-wing Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi David Forman defied ideological pigeonholing.

05/12/2010
Staff Writer

Over lunch several years ago, across a table at a Manhattan kosher restaurant from a middle-aged rabbi with a graying beard, large knit kipa and critical opinions about the spiritual life of most American Jews, I told my guest to ‘fess up.

“You can tell me the truth,” I said to Rabbi David Forman. “You’re really an Orthodox rabbi.”

Rabbi David Forman

Travel As A Religious Act

Turning a trip into a pilgrimage.

Staff Writer
05/12/2010

Insistence on following my own instincts nearly got me kicked out of my hotel in Israel several years ago.

Nashville Jews Respond To Flood

Largely unscathed by this week’s disaster,
the community assists displaced residents.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Nashville, largely unscathed by this week’s flooding of the Cumberland River banks, is assisting displaced members of the Jewish and wider community, Jewish leaders report.

A woman wades through floodwaters in downtown Nashville. Getty Images

Nashville Jews Respond To Flood

Largely unscathed by this week’s disaster, the community assists displaced residents.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

The Jewish community of Nashville, largely unscathed by this week’s flooding of the Cumberland River banks, is assisting displaced members of the Jewish and wider community, Jewish leaders report.

Dolan Steers Clear Of Troubling Issues

In shul visit, he praises state of Jewish-Catholic relations, sidesteps Pius canonization.

04/27/2010
Staff Writer

A year after he became head of New York City’s Roman Catholic community, Archbishop Timothy Dolan visited a prominent Manhattan synagogue last Thursday, praising the state of Jewish-Catholic relations and calling for increased dialogue between Jews and Catholics.
 

Archbishop Dolan, right, with Park East’s Rabbi Arthur Schneier, visited shul two year after Pope Benedict appeared there.

The Bonfire This Time

04/27/2010

 
In Israel, Lag b’Omer — the holiday that occurs this year on Saturday night and Sunday — has many traditions.
 
It’s a day off from school.
 
It’s a time when many 3-year-old boys get their first haircut and adult couples get married.
 
It’s a nationwide celebration of bonfires and picnics, especially a days-long Woodstock-type gathering for an estimated half-million people at Meron, a town in the northern Galilee.
 

Photo by Getty Images

Archbishop Dolan, In Shul Visit, Steers Clear Of Pius, Other Thorny Issues

04/23/2010
Staff Writer

A year after he became head of New York City’s Roman Catholic community, Archbishop Timothy Dolan visited a prominent Manhattan synagogue Thursday, praising the state of Jewish-Catholic relations and calling for increased dialogue between Jews and Catholics.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, right, with Park Avenue Synagogue Rabbi Arthur Schneier. The archbishop spoke at the shul last week.
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