The Jw Q&a

01/27/2016 - 09:36 | | Culture Editor | The JW Q&A

Ted Merwin, The Jewish Week’s longtime theater critic, was just awarded a National Jewish Book Award in the category of Education and Jewish Identity for his new book, “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli” (NYU Press). Extensively researched, the book delves into deli culture, history and its layered connection to Jewish identity, seasoned with humor. Merwin, who is associate professor of religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., is founding director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. He grew up in Great Neck, L.I., where he spent many Sunday evenings procuring turkey and roast beef for his family from a nearby delicatessen, where he first observed the “intricate, elegant choreography to the movements of the counterman as he sliced up the meat.” We interviewed him via email.

01/19/2016 - 11:50 | | The JW Q&A

Last month, rumors flooded the Internet that former Israeli President Shimon Peres was dead. True to form, the man who tirelessly trumpets his country’s high-tech sector took to Facebook to clear the air.

01/06/2016 - 10:48 | | The JW Q&A

Charles Asher Small is founder and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). He is also a fellow at Stanford University and a professor at the Moshe Dayan Centre at Tel Aviv University.

12/29/2015 - 11:11 | | The JW Q&A

Brandeis University announced last week that its next president will be Ronald Liebowitz, the former president of Middlebury College. Liebowitz, a professor of geography, served as Middlebury’s provost for seven years. He replaces Frederick Lawrence, who served from 2011 until this past spring.

Though he won’t start until next July, Liebowitz shared some of his ideas about the challenges he faces in an interview with JTA. A condensed version of the conversation follows:

12/22/2015 - 12:23 | | staff writer | The JW Q&A

David Bernstein takes over next month as president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the voice of the Jewish federations’ 125 Jewish community relations councils on domestic and international issues, and which represents 14 national organizations.

A longtime Jewish advocacy professional, Bernstein was president of Culture Solutions LLC, which helps Jewish federations and national foundations become more effective, and served as executive director of The David Project, which helps to improve Israel’s image on campuses. In addition, he handled community and government relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. This is an edited transcript of an interview with him.

12/15/2015 (All day) | | Culture Editor | The JW Q&A

As much of the city will be marking the festive end of 2015, the Lower East Side will be alive with Yiddish culture, with a new festival of Yiddish language, music, dance, theater, art and foodways. Yiddish New York, which runs from Dec. 24 to 30, includes workshops, concerts, lectures, dance parties, a visual art exhibition, walking tours in English and a nature tour in Yiddish, and programs for kids and teens, in a variety of venues below 14th Street. The festival is an unusual partnership between the Center for Traditional Music & Dance, the 14th Street Y, Town & Village Synagogue, YIVO, Workmen’s Circle, the Stanton Street Shul and other organizations.