A Year in Review

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Forget the Pew naysayers: A new, big-tent kind of Jewish community is being forged.

Special To The Jewish Week

The year gone by was a very good one for the Jewish people — and an even better one for the Jewish Message.

Joshua Hammerman

Cultural Story of the Year:

Zuckerman Silenced


It came as a shock to fans and critics alike when Philip Roth, at the age of 80, announced he would henceforth cease and desist from the writing of fiction. After all, how could a writer who, for more than 50 years, had devoted his life to producing page after page of novels and stories that have never ceased to astonish — no one could break taboos and raise a ruckus like Roth; few could match his engagement with the Jewish experience in America or his dark wisdom in grappling with prejudice — wake up one morning and unplug the writing function from his computer as well as from his brain? 

Roth calls it quits at 80. Photo courtesy Reuters

Scandal of the Year:

Met Council’s Golden Boy Takes a Fall


A Year in Review 2013

Biggest Stories of the Year


2013: Identity Crises Galore

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Pew and Part-time Judaism

Stories to Watch in 2014

A Year

Year Of Crisis, Year Of Shame

Special to The Jewish Week

 Did anything good happen in 2009? It’s hard to find the silver lining in this year of crisis and shame for the Jewish world — as hard as finding a likable character in “A Serious Man,” a film whose dark Joban overtones of unjust absurdity fit the zeitgeist perfectly. Hope was most definitely last year’s poster. We’ve had worse years, to be sure, but rarely have we suffered so much from wounds that were primarily self-inflicted.

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