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Israel Advocacy Calls For Embracing Complexity

02/19/2015
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People like to say that living in New York transforms us into creatures who are cut from the toughest cloth, but I have Israel to thank for my most fortifying experiences. I’ve lived and worked there during a time of war, have felt and seen rockets explode overhead, have hiked through miles of hidden villages and have gotten thoroughly lost in the crevices of her old cities. The most transformative night I’ve had in the country, however, happened not at the Kotel or Masada, but on a still December evening in an unassuming village near Dimona.

NYU Dorm Changes Worry Observant Jews

04/15/2013
Associate Editor

For the sake of promoting “diversity,” New York University housing policies will no longer allow incoming freshman to choose a roommate based on religious compatibility, raising concern and anxiety among Sabbath observant students. Roommate assignments, said NYU, will be primarily based “on geographic diversity" rather than personal choice. Upperclassman, however, may choose to have roommates of the opposite sex, even if they share a religion.

NYU: Religious issues an opportunity for personal growth. NYU Photo.

Sticking It Out In Israel

American Jewish students express commitment to staying put, while NYU suspends its Tel Aviv program.

11/20/2012
Staff Writer

Mitchell Nathanson’s calls to Israel increased when Ahmed al-Jabari died in Gaza.

Nathanson, an attorney from West Hempstead, L.I., whose daughter and step-daughter are spending this year in separate post-high school intensive Torah study seminary programs in Israel, realized that Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza would intensify after the Israeli Army last week assassinated al-Jabari, Hamas’ military commander.

Students Jordana White, Marissa Young, Saskia Freud and Aleeza Shumacher at Western Wall.

Survey: Male Jewish Professionals Out-earn Women

Average salary reported was $66,000, with gender wage gap evident at every age.

11/14/2012
Staff Writer

A wide gender gap in pay between man and women working as professionals in the Jewish communal field exists across every age group, according to a new survey whose findings were released this week.

“Men still ‘out-earn’ women by $8,681,” the authors of the survey reported in a press release. The full results will appear in the next issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, in early 2013.

How Jason Met Robyn

01/04/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The father, Dr. David Kreiner, married a nurse. Their son, Dr. Jason Kreiner, married another physician.  Rites have changed in 37 years.

“I knew I’d marry someone who is hard-working,” says Jason. And indeed Robyn Epstein was working hard when the two met.  In the fall of 2006, Robyn was beginning her first year at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and Jason was a second-year student.

Jason Kreiner and Robyn Epstein

When Technology & Shabbat Collide, Give the Benefit of the Doubt

This past Sunday, the president of New York University issued a mass e-mail apology to students and staff. The day after Yom Kippur might sound like a sensible day for issuing apologies, but the question is whether John Sexton actually needed to make a Mea Culpa.

CLIP: Leading Young Jews Into the Professional World

07/19/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

As an incoming sophomore at Brandeis University, an editor for a campus newspaper, a prospective business, psychology, undecided major and an active Jewish student on campus, my professional, extracurricular and Jewish worlds rarely overlap. But this summer, as one of 41 Jewish college students in the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), I am challenging myself to ask, “Why not?”

Robyn Spector
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