New York

Do Kids Of Interfaith Families Choose Judaism?

05/03/2001 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Two new surveys are shedding light on the religious lives of interfaith families and their children, but what kind of light depends on which side of the intermarriage debate you’re on. An American Jewish Committee-sponsored survey found that the great majority of mixed-married households that identify as Jewish incorporate substantial Christian celebrations into their family lives, compared to only a tiny proportion of inmarried families.

Taxing Situation For Teaneck Yeshiva

10/07/1999 - 20:00
Associate Editor

To walk through certain Teaneck neighborhoods on Shabbat is to think that everyone is Orthodox. Nary a car disturbs the serenity of curving, tree-lined streets and private homes. Synagogues are standing-room only.

Surprise JTS Choice Signals New Openness

04/13/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Arnold M. Eisen has 15 months before he starts his new job as chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, but even on the day the appointment was announced, he was making significant changes at the Conservative movement’s flagship institution.

Between Torah And Democracy

02/20/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Setting the agenda for the third International Conference of Edah, a proudly Modern Orthodox group, Rabbi Saul Berman stressed to the 1,000 or so participants that “we are integrated fundamentalists” with a vital role to play, asserting that it is possible to believe in the absolute authority of one’s religion while also embracing diversity and tolerance.

Culture Clash Over Brit Ritual

02/02/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Undergirding the current standoff between the fervently Orthodox community and the New York City Department of Health over a controversial circumcision practice appears to be a gulf of cultural difference and a fundamental misunderstanding of the disease at issue. That is one of the conclusions drawn from voluminous correspondence between members of the haredi community and city health officials obtained by The Jewish Week through a Freedom of Information Law request filed in October.

Fighting The Odds

07/27/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Last month, Barbara Pfeiffer had surgery to remove both her breasts. A year ago, she had a total hysterectomy, removing her uterus and ovaries. The 46-year-old has never been diagnosed with cancer. She had these healthy body parts surgically removed because she has a strong family history of cancer and a genetic mutation making it overwhelmingly likely that she would develop breast or ovarian cancer in her lifetime.

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue: The Risks And Rewards

07/16/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Burton Visotzky, professor of Midrash and interreligious studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was on foreign but familiar ground recently. A veteran of interfaith discussions with Muslims around the world, he was among three rabbis — the others were Jack Moline of Alexandria, Va., and Gerald Serotta of Chevy Chase. Md. — who took part in a panel discussion at the Islamic Society of North America’s 46th convention in Washington, D.C.

JTS Facing Serious Financial Problems

12/16/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Faculty members at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conservative movement’s flagship institution, are reeling over the sudden announcement that the school faces serious financial problems, ones they believe could harm the future academic reputation of the institution. At a Nov. 3 faculty meeting convened by Chancellor Ismar Schorsch, the teaching staff learned that JTS has implemented a hiring freeze and is selling a parcel of land it purchased four years ago intending to build graduate housing.

Reunion Row Redux

01/15/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The Yeshivah of Flatbush refused to allow a gay alumnus to bring his partner to his 10th anniversary class reunion, which was held late last month, and the decision is spurring a wave of criticism from current and former students at the Brooklyn school. Classmates of the gay Flatbush graduate, who is now a doctor working at Brooklyn’s Maimonides hospital, were so upset by the school’s position that they started a Facebook group called "Open Reunions," which 269 people have joined in the dozen days since it was started.
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