Media

Michael Witman, 32

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/04/2013

Staying calm in a crisis.

Mike Witman doesn’t like to use the word “I.”

During Hurricane Sandy, when the North Shore of Long Island was plunged into darkness, Witman, who is director of education at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, had a vision: the Temple would serve as a shelter, office building and day care for families who were without power.

Michael Witman

Doni Joszef, 30

Contributing editor / blueprint editor
06/04/2013

www.deficitofattention.com
@DoniJoszef
Fighting the bullies.

He says he’s never seen “Welcome Back Kotter,” but Doni Joszef is a 2013 version of Gabe Kotter, the beloved high school teacher from the 1970s sitcom who returned to his old high school stomping grounds.

Doni Joszef

Keeping A Wary Eye On Palestinian Media

The incitement is reminiscent of a run-up to war.

09/13/2011
Associate Editor

Campaigning recently in Queens, Bob Turner, the Republican candidate for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, demanded that the Obama administration “stop paying the salaries of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons.”

More than 5,500 terrorists are getting higher salaries (3,200 shekels per month, about $800) in prison than even the Palestinian civil servants are earning (2,800 shekels, about $700), according to reports, with the money coming, in part, from American foreign aid.

Itamar Marcus, director of PMW, has noticed a demonization of not only Israel but Jews in the official Palestinian media

Keeping A Wary Eye On Palestinian Media

The incitement is reminiscent of a run-up to war.

08/30/2011
Associate Editor

 

Campaigning in Queens, Bob Turner, the Republican candidate for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, demanded that the Obama administration “stop paying the salaries of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons.”

More than 5,500 terrorists are getting higher salaries (NIS 3,200 per month) in prison than even the Palestinian civil servants are earning (NIS 2,800), according to reports, with the money coming, in part, from American foreign aid.

Itamar Marcus, founder of Palestinian Media Watch. Michael Datikash

Mixed Media: Never Forget What Was Never Reported

Ethics fellowship at Auschwitz highlights failings of media — and others — in stopping the Shoah.

06/07/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Auschwitz, Poland — The philosopher Theodor Adorno famously said, “After Auschwitz, there can be no poetry.” While visiting the site of the notorious death camp last week, I could see the truth of Adorno’s words. There is no beauty in the barracks, the barbed wire and the crematoria. I saw no poetry in the mounds of hair and glasses and shoes on display.

Mixed Media: Lessons In Unplugging

Twenty years later, a book sparks an exchange between author and reader.

05/31/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Writing a book, I recently told a friend, is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You never know who might find it, read it and think of it.

It’s been 20 years since I wrote my first book, “The Search for God at Harvard,” and I still occasionally get notes about it from unexpected places. Sometimes I learn more from my correspondents than I ever put in that original bottle.

Being Alexander Machkevitch: Jewish Billionaire From Nowhere With Big Plans

04/12/2011
Editor And Publisher

Alexander Machkevitch, 57, is a Jewish billionaire little known in America, and from a country virtually unknown in the West — Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim republic of the former Soviet Union. He was in the U.S. last week, seeking a higher profile in announcing his plan to launch an international news network that would rival Al Jazeera and “deliver true information all over the world.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Russian Billionaire Plans ‘Jewish al-Jazeera’

04/07/2011

(JTA) -- A Russian Jewish billionaire plans to create an international news network that will present "real information" about Israel.

Alexander Mashkevich on Wednesday announced his intention to found a Jewish Al-Jazeera during an address at the Keren Hayasod – United Israel Appeal conference in Washington D.C.

Mashkevich told The Associated Press Wednesday that he had not yet decided what the for-profit venture would be called or where it would be based, but he ruled out Kazakhstan, the country where he made his billions.

Media Watch: The Lara Logan Cover-Up?

Were her attackers shouting ‘Jew, Jew,’ or not?

02/22/2011
Associate Editor

‘You almost never hear the word ‘Israel,’” wrote Thomas Friedman in The New York Times (Feb. 8) of the recent Cairo demonstrations.

CBS correspondent Lara Logan.

N.Y. Times Apologizes for Pro-Palestinian Writer

02/10/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The New York Times apologized for allowing a writer who has attended pro-Palestinian rallies to co-author a story claiming that Jewish criticism of Israel has grown in the San Francisco region.

The Feb. 3 article, headlined "A Jewish Group Makes Waves, Locally and Abroad," covered tensions among Jews in the area. It focused particularly on Jewish Voice for Peace, which is noncommittal on whether Israel should become a binational state.

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