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'Jewish Indiana Jones' Bound For Prison

10/11/2012 - 20:00

The odd case of the self-styled, globe-trotting "Jewish Indiana Jones"  took a sad turn Thursday when Rabbi Menachem Youlus was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for fraud.

Indy-cent behavior: Maryland bookstore owner made up exploits, defrauded charity.

Workmen's Circle Study Finds A New Kind of Jew

One in six American Jews are engaged and unaffiliated, look outside synagogue for Judaism
10/09/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

About a million of the six million American Jews say being Jewish is very important to them, but that they find their Jewish engagement outside of a synagogue, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The survey shows that there is a third way to be Jewish, its sponsor, the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, wrote in a press release. A person can be an observant Jew, who attends synagogue; a cultural Jew, who enjoys Jewish humor or an “engaged and congregationally unaffiliated” Jew.

COO Probe Concludes At Hadassah

10/06/2012 - 20:00

Hadassah concluded its investigation of former COO Larry Blum for allegedly misusing his corporate credit card but declined to release any details.

Meet 2012’s Great Schlep

Week-old website offers 1,300 “Yiddish Curses for Republican Jews"
08/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Sure, the Great Schlep --  the 2008 video urging young Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida to convince them to vote for then-candidate Barack Obama -- had live action, and Sarah Silverman’s star power.

Rachel Shukert, a comedy writer, and Ben Abramowitz, are the husband-and-wife team behind YiddishCursesforRepublicanJews.com.

No Ducking Oregon Loyalty In Queens

How Lander College for Men adopted the Oregon Ducks football team.
08/29/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

College football kicks off this week, and the 2012 season schedule and pre-season clips about the No. 4-ranked University of Oregon Ducks have already started appearing on campus.

On the Lander College for Men campus in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.

The 300-student Orthodox school in the heart of an Orthodox neighborhood has no football team, no teams of its own beyond intramural flag football, but Lander College has become a bastion of UO-fandom, 2,500 miles east of Eugene, Ore.

O, baby: Lander’s Herb Ratner with some of the school’s Oregon Ducks fans.

Jewish Groups Slam Ted Nugent For Anti-Semitic Gun Control Post

02/11/2016 - 14:05

Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent came under fire from Jewish groups for an anti-Semitic Facebook post blaming prominent Jews for pushing gun control.

Ted Nugent performing at Charlie Daniels’ 2015 Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 12, 2015. JTA

Staking A Claim On ‘Son Of Saul’

02/10/2016 - 08:57

Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor hadn’t been on a film set in 15 years; and its script included long, silent and out-of-focus shots.

Scene from “Son of Saul,” which was partially funded by the Claims Conference.

New BDS Fight Brewing At Columbia

First student-led divestment effort meets with pushback.

02/10/2016 - 08:51
Staff Writer

Emboldened by recent campaigns to get Columbia University to divest from the private prison industry and from fossil fuels, a coalition of university students is spearheading a new campaign to divest from Israel.

A makeshift wall meant to mock Israel’s security barrier was part of last year’s Apartheid Week at Columbia. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Feeling ‘Great’ As Prospect Of ‘First Jewish President’ Nears

As crowd chants 'Bernie' at packed victory bash, Sanders spokesman praises win as step toward a political milestone.

02/09/2016 - 20:07
Special Correspondent

Concord, N.H. — As volunteers danced to 'Burn Baby Burn' and chanted ‘Bernie, Bernie’ to the theme from “Rocky,” a Sanders campaign spokesman praised the win as a milestone for American Jews.

“I think we can all feel great that we might have the first Jewish president,” Tad Devine told The Jewish Week at a raucous victory party after the Vermont senator became the first member of the tribe to win a presidential primary. (While Republican Barry Goldwater's father was Jewish, he was raised Episcopalian.) 

Bernie Sanders, with his wife, Jane O'Meara, at right, greets supporters after winning the New Hampshire primary. Getty Images
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