06/11/2014 | | Associate Editor | The JW Q&A

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban captivity, in exchange for the U.S. release of five Taliban terrorists, led to inevitable comparisons with Israel’s release of 1,027 prisoners in exchange for the liberation of Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit after five years in Hamas captivity. The Jewish Week spoke by telephone with Amos Guiora, professor of law at the University of Utah, and a former judge advocate general in the Israel Defense Forces.

06/10/2014 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Many weeks during the year, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein finds himself in rural, impoverished areas of the former Soviet Union, delivering food packages and good cheer to aging members of the Jewish community.

06/10/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | All She Wrote

My daughter Talia, who is 12, beams at me, a devilish smile spreading across her face. “Don’t worry, Joel,” she tells her 9-year-old brother, “girls are supposed to be skinny.”

06/10/2014 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Fiesole, Italy, is a gloriously romantic spot. High on the hazy hills overlooking Florence, it’s the sort of over-the-top setting you associate with Merchant-Ivory movies about British girls falling in love under the Tuscan sun. Everything and everyone seems beautiful, bathed in golden light.

06/03/2014 | | Editor And Publisher | Lens

Two North American-born professors living in Jerusalem agreed, sadly, that anti-Semitism is still a major factor in the wildly disproportionate and negative actions and attitudes toward the Jewish state on the international scene.

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.