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Fund Established In Memory Of Sassoon Children

03/25/2015

A fund to assist parents who cannot afford to pay day school tuition has been established in memory of the seven children who died in a Shabbat house fire in Brooklyn.

At Passover This Year, Difficult Conversations About The Promised Land

A sharply divided community limps toward the Passover seder.

03/25/2015
Staff Writer

With tensions between the United States and Israel running at a fever pitch, even the benign, ritually symbolic words of the Passover seder have suddenly become charged with divisiveness and political import.

Media Has It In For Netanyahu

Prime minister’s win seen more as triumph of fear than democracy.

03/24/2015
Associate Editor

Was there ever an election that left everyone feeling so lonely, even the winners? Especially the winners?

It was Israel’s “Dewey Defeats Truman,” except only the Chicago Tribune had to live that headline down while there was almost no one who foresaw, or could easily explain, the dynamics leading to Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory.

There’s nothing new about that. The mostly liberal American media never greeted the election of a conservative Israel prime minister with anything other than fear. When in 1977 Menachem Begin became prime minister, Time magazine introduced him to its readers, “Begin as in Fagin.” Some may like Begin, said a diplomat, “but that doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous.” In 1978 Begin won the Nobel Peace Prize.

This week, The New York Times headlined, Netanyahu “Further Divides U.S. Jews,” a divide that has been routinely pinned to every non-Labor prime minister. Shmuel Rosner, of the Jewish Journal (Los Angeles), pulled out the old clips. The British Guardian headlined of the newly elected Ariel Sharon: “Sharon Divides World Jews,” just as Netanyahu now “divides.” When Sharon’s successor, Ehud Olmert, visited the United States, the Forward wrote, “for American Jews,” the visit “drove home the distance between the two great Jewish communities, not their closeness.” Even in 1958, before “everything,” American Jews were “troubled.” The day when we’re told that a conservative prime minister doesn’t “divide” American Jews will be the first.

‘The Consummate Ambassador’

Remembering Yehuda Avner, confidante to prime ministers, former consul general in New York.

03/24/2015
Editor and Publisher

Ambassador Yehuda Avner’s life story seems to encapsulate the 20th-century Jewish experience.

Ambassador Yehuda Avner shared a humorous anecdote at a Jewish Week Forum in April 2013. Michael Datikash/JW

Bibi Complicates Jewish Student Life

Jewish students dealing with leader’s remarks and start of Israel Apartheid Week.

03/24/2015
Staff Writer

On Monday night, 100 students associated with the Columbia/Barnard Hillel sprinted around campus papering bulletin boards with more than 6,000 pro-Israel flyers.

At the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, students hung up thousands of pro-Israel posters Monday night. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Ramaz Taps Another Outsider

Canadian Eric Grossman to lead elite Modern Orthodox school; succeeds British native Paul Shaviv.

03/24/2015

For the second time in just three years, the Ramaz School, an elite Modern Orthodox preparatory-style school in Manhattan, is bringing in a new head of school.

Rabbi Eric Grossman, who has been named to head Ramaz. Courtesy of Rabbi Eric Grossman

Women’s Voices Rise At Woodstock Seder

Acted-out Haggadah brings Exodus story’s forgotten females to the fore.

03/24/2015
Staff Writer

As a “new Jew,” a recent convert to Judaism, Desiree O’Clair was first exposed to the Passover seder a few years ago, at friends’ holiday tables. She then tried her hand at leading her own seders, and decided, “I have to learn how to do this properly.”

Rabbi Aura Ahuvia, spiritual leader of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation. Courtesy of Miriam’s Well

This Year’s Models: More Creativity, Less Commentary

The new crop of Haggadahs tend to the artsy and quirky, not the scholarly.

03/24/2015
Staff Writer

A trend in Haggadah publishing is deepening: Out, for the most part, are the commentary-centered Haggadahs that dominated the field for several decades, featuring interpretations of the holiday’s readings and rituals. In, to a growing degree, are individualistic, often artistic versions of the Haggadah.

Haggadahs for baseball lovers, and for Canadians, are among the new offerings for this year’s seders.

An Uneasy Family: Israel, Expats And American Jews

As Israeli-Americans come into their own, they’re forging stronger ties with their new home — and the one they left behind.

03/24/2015
Staff Writer

So who are we now — to the country we left behind, to the people we are becoming a part of, and most importantly, to ourselves?

Oren Heiman, Chairman of Moatza Mekomit New York, speaking at ambassador Ido Aharoni’s (right)  home reception.

After Midwood Fire Tragedy, Stocking Up and Taking Stock

Residents buy up smoke detectors and try to come to terms with the loss of seven children in Shabbat blaze.

03/24/2015
Staff Writers

Four days after seven children died in a fire in a Midwood home, area Jews were grappling with the loss while stocking up on fire safety equipment to keep their families safe.

Israel Shmaya prays for the family at the Bedford Avenue home where seven children died in a fire on Shabbat. Amy Sara Clark/JW
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