Jewish groups here expressed concern this week that Jim Winkler, a former leader of the United Methodist Church who has been an outspoken critic of Israel, advocated economic pressure against Israel and believes Israel is trying to “subjugate the Palestinian people,” has been elected president of the National Council of Churches effective Jan. 1.
The very first quote attributed to Abraham after his religious awakening was not a rabbinic discourse but a husband’s uneasy realization that his wife Sarah was so sexually electric that other men will stop at nothing, “they will kill me,” just to have Sarah for themselves. A few chapters later, the Messiah’s hardly hagiographical origins are presented through Judah’s sexual interlude with his own daughter-in-law whom he mistakes for a whore, while Joseph’s thoroughly chaste refusal to sleep with Potiphar’s wife (just about the only chaste moment in Genesis), earns...
In the festive, elegant setting of Sotheby’s, more than 300 people celebrated The Jewish Week at a Gala event Dec. 12 honoring community leader Jerry Levin and Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt.
When Ernie Fleischman was growing up in Germany in the 1930s, the plan was for him to attend the Realschule, the secondary education favored by pragmatic middle-class Jews because it prepared students for jobs in the sciences and skilled trades.