U.C. Berkeley has announced the opening of a new Center for Jewish Studies, JWeekly has reported. The literary scholar Robert Alter is set as the Center's founding director, and the University has allocated $1 million to jumpstart the program.
Baltimore — United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism was marking its 100th birthday, but while recent survey findings about the movement were sobering, the spirit of the convention itself, dubbed “The Conversation of the Century,” was upbeat in focusing more on the future than the past.
Mayim Bialik is that rare combination: a celebrity with serious Jewish street cred. An Emmy-nominated actress who’s passionately, publicly Jewish, she dishes on the challenges of Shabbat observance as a blogger for a parenting website. She’s even got yichus, or lineage, counting among her ancestors canonical poet Hayim Bialik.