The Jw Q&a

11/26/2013 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Rabbi Perry Tirschwell became executive director of the National Council of Young Israel on Aug. 1 and vowed to revitalize the organization after an upheaval that saw a motion of no confidence in the leadership and threats by congregants to withhold donations.

11/19/2013 | | Contributing Editor | The JW Q&A

Believing that young people can benefit from President John F. Kennedy’s legacy of service and citizenship, Scott Reich, 30, an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in midtown, authored “The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation” (BenBella Books).

11/12/2013 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Yizhar Hess  has been executive director and CEO of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel since 2007 and is known as one of the Israel’s leading voices promoting Jewish pluralism.

11/05/2013 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Dina Kadisha Aspen, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker from an Iranian Jewish family, spent several weeks in Poland earlier this year documenting the post-Communism rebirth of Jewish life there. The result is “The Revival of Jewish Poland,” a 48-minute documentary, produced under the auspices of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Entwine young leadership program.

10/29/2013 | | Contributing Editor | The JW Q&A

From her days as Boston Teen Denise “Zazu” McDonough to her recurring appearance as Debbie Downer on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 until 2006, Rachel Dratch has amused millions. In 2012, after becoming pregnant by accident at nearly 44, she penned an autobiographical book, “Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle” (Gotham), about her journey from singlehood to motherhood and partnership with her baby’s father, John Wahl.

10/22/2013 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher division and spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Englewood, N.J., has had another, unofficial, title for two decades — “Bill Clinton’s rabbi.” Since the rabbi and the then-presidential candidate met in 1992, they have engaged in what the former president calls “a written dialogue,” an exchange of thoughts on religious and ethical issues.