The single most serious threat to Jewish continuity in America is not intermarriage but Jewish illiteracy, according to Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic and author of the recent, highly acclaimed book, “Kaddish.”
What a difference a half-block makes. The staff of The Jewish Week — working well into the night — completed much of this week’s edition at The New York Times late Tuesday night after police ordered an evacuation of The Week’s Times Square offices following the collapse of a construction elevator and 20 floors of scaffolding at a skyscraper being built across the street.
Sometime during the late 1980s, my family’s Passover seder table found itself embroiled in revolution. The cause of revolution had arrived one seder night disguised as an innocent gift from my uncle. This uncle bore a bottle of wine that, upon closer inspection, became an object of considerable suspicion. This bottle of wine, marked kosher yet bright pink, simply did not look Jewish.
The New York Board of Rabbis has agreed to a union request to help resolve the 11-week-old strike and lockout of 340 cemetery workers at eight area Jewish cemeteries. At the same time, the rabbis said they hoped to resolve longstanding problems their congregants have encountered over the years at cemeteries.
A $17,000 grant to provide counseling and vocational training to women victims of domestic violence was one of two gifts awarded last week by the 3-year-old Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. The foundation, which itself just received a $500,000 grant from UJA-Federation to hire clerical staff and cover promotional expenses, also presented a $25,000 check to the New York Legal Assistance Group. The goal of both grants is to educate low-income Jewish women so they can become economically self-sufficient and reduce their dependence on welfare programs.
There will be more money for AIDS prevention, breast cancer counseling, domestic violence programming and to work with former Soviet immigrants, the executive vice president and CEO of the Federation Employment and Guidance Service revealed this week.
The FEGS executive, Al Miller, said the new money was realized after strong investments made it possible to use the earnings to pay employee pension premiums.
As a teenager, Leonard Glickman was an activist in the Soviet Jewry movement. That cause has become his life’s work. Since March he has overseen the resettlement here of Jews from the former Soviet Union in his capacity as executive vice president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
Glickman, 35, had served for seven years as executive assistant at the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. Later this month he will be moving from Washington to Millburn, N.J., with his wife, Sandi, and their three daughters.
The conversion issue has again surfaced in Israel, reigniting bitter animosities that were shelved during failed efforts to resolve the conflict. And unlike before, the non-Orthodox are blaming the Israeli government for the crisis.
Bruce Greenfield of North Bellmore, L.I., is celebrating his 25th year with the New York Metropolitan Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which covers the five boroughs of New York, Long Island and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties.
After surviving the Holocaust in a Nazi work camp, Marta Drucker Cornell returned to her hometown of Rakovnik, Czechoslovakia, to learn that her father, who was murdered in Auschwitz, had taken out a life insurance policy with Generalli Insurance Company.