The Jw Q&a

06/03/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

The youngest of the Jewish youth movements in the United States affiliated with a major denomination of Judaism, NCSY turns 60 this year. Founded by the Orthodox Union in 1954 as the National Conference of Synagogue Youth, it has connected more than 250,000 Jewish teens with Jewish life, and helped pioneer activities that introduce Judaism outside of a synagogue setting.

The Jewish Week recently spoke, via email, with Rabbi Micah Greenland, the new international director of NCSY, who was a member of the organization during his youth and lives in his native Chicago. The conversation has been edited.

05/27/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Betty Ehrenberg, chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the representative Jewish group that deals with other world religious bodies, was in Israel this week for the two-day visit there of Pope Francis.

05/20/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Allen I. Fagin, a prominent attorney and former chairman of the Proskauer Rose law firm here, was appointed executive vice president and chief professional officer of the Orthodox Union in April after spending more than 20 years as an unpaid officer of the organization. He is the first person without rabbinic ordination to assume the role.

05/13/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Moshe Feiglin is a deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset, which joined a member of the Likud Party in January 2013. At the last election for his party’s head, he ran second to Benjamin Netanyahu. Feiglin, 51, is also president of Manhigut Yehudit (The 
Jewish Leadership Movement), which is the largest faction inside Likud. During his first year in office, he was the only coalition member to vote to end the Oslo “land for peace” process and to oppose the budget in order to prevent the release of Arab terrorists as part of a deal that restarted Palestinian peace talks. Feiglin was in New York last week. This is an edited transcript.

05/06/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | The JW Q&A

John Turturro has portrayed a number of memorable Jewish characters. In his latest film, “Fading Gigolo,” which he wrote, directed and stars in, he plays a male prostitute named Fioravante, who pretends to be a Sephardic Jew. He sat down to talk about what it was like to direct Woody Allen, whether Liev Schreiber’s payes in the film were real and how a French actress and singer who isn’t Jewish nailed the role of a chasidic Jew. This is an edited transcript.

04/29/2014 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Rabbi Marc Schneier, spiritual leader of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, was in Israel for Passover when he was invited to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.