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08/19/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Ilia Salita: Russian-speaking émigré community still can benefit from leaders from their ranks.

The Genesis Philanthropy Group, best known for the $1 million Genesis Grant awarded to a member of the Jewish community who has achieved international renown in his or her chosen field (ex-Mayor Bloomberg was the first recipient), recently announced the promotion of Ilia Salita, the organization’s North American executive director, to CEO. In his new position, Salita, a native of Russia, will lead the private foundation’s global initiative to “develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews.”

08/19/2014 | | Staff Writer | Lens
Douglas Guthrie/Hebrew University

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, made his first overseas trip as the state’s chief executive to Israel last week.

08/19/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Douglas M. Bloomfield

The first I’d ever heard of 137 E. Houston St., on the Lower East Side, was when I went to the Ellis Island website recently to search for information about my grandparents coming to America. It was the address listed for Sam Bloomfield, the first name on the manifest of the SS New York when it arrived at Ellis Island on Oct. 14, 1906, from Southampton, England. 

08/19/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Dancers on the beach in Haifa. Courtesy of Israel Tourism

I am going to Israel in November. It is a press trip I have been planning since last spring, and I am excited to check out what’s new in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and some spots up north.

08/15/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer
Danny Kaye congratulating Lauren Bacall on the first anniversary of her Broadway musical, Applause. Tim Boxer/JW

Lauren Bacall, a leading lady of Hollywood’s golden age died on August 12 at 89 in her home in New York. Although she lived in a decidedly gentile atmosphere she never forgot where she came from.

08/15/2014 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Long before I was a rabbi, during the Musaf services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I wondered how it came to pass that the Aleinu prayer became such a liturgical centerpiece of what are arguably the most important prayer services of the entire Jewish calendar year.

08/12/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Jonathan Fine: Most radical Islamic groups have roots in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Jonathan Fine is a researcher at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism in Israel and an expert on the Middle East and Israeli studies. He is a member of the International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community and the International Center for Study of Radicalization and Political Violence in Kings College, London. He is also the author of the book, “Religious Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: From Holy War to Terror.” The Jewish Week caught up with him for a conversation about ISIS and the radical Islamist group’s potential threat to Israel. This is an edited transcript.

08/12/2014 | | Staff Writer | Lens
Michael Datikash/JW

A group of local pro-Israel activists got together a few weeks ago and discovered they shared a distaste for the way Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, was being portrayed by much of the media in this country.

08/12/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel
View over Porto and the Douro River. Courtesy of Portugal Tourism

Question: Where is the largest and arguably the most impressive synagogue on the Iberian Peninsula?

Answer: Not where you’d think.

08/12/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Andrew Kane

It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.