Against Michigan, Aaron Liberman’s Kippah Makes Hoops History

01/06/2014 - 19:00

On Jan. 5, Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor. In the process, the redshirt freshman made history twice.

Jewrotica Names 'Sexiest Rabbis Of 2013'

12/30/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A Women of The Wall activist, the founder of a queer yeshiva and the Orthodox leader of New York's Stanton Street Shul are among the 10 "Sexiest Rabbis of 2013" named by the website Jewrotica.

The site picked six men and four women, all but three U.S.-based, for the inaugural honor out of more than 150 nominees sent by  "students, congregants, community members and families all over the world," Jewrotica said.

Rabbi Jill Hammer: Appreciates 'playful intent' of list. Photo via

‘The Real Challenge Is To Love The Stranger’

A local rabbi and imam try to bridge a wide gulf.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founder and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization that works internationally to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and other ethnic communities. He recently published with Imam Shamsi Ali “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims” (Beacon Press), featuring a foreword by President Bill Clinton. The book, written in alternating chapters, grows out of an unusual friendship: Rabbi Schneier, the 18th in a rabbinic line and founding rabbi of the Hampton Synagogue on Long Island, and the imam, the son of an Indonesian farmer who studied in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and now leads the Jamaica Muslim Center, both embrace pluralism, promote compassion and denounce all forms of hateful behavior.

Imam Shamsi Ali, left, and Rabbi Marc Schneier. Frederic Brenner

An Investment In Souls

Rabbi David Ellenson remembers the legendary philanthropist whose eye was trained on the future.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Many will surely speak of Edgar Bronfman and his legacy — and deservedly so. I will leave it to others to describe his extraordinarily privileged background, his many achievements in the realm of business and commerce, and his manifold philanthropic works. Each area of his exceptional life is worthy of a full-scale treatise, and I have no doubt that a complete academic biography of the man will soon emerge — the temptation for an academic or graduate student to describe the history of Jewish life in our day through an exploration of this one man’s life is surely irresistible.

Edgar Bronfman: Hailed for candor, humor and curiosity.

A Champion Of Jewish Freedom And Identity

Seagrams billionaire took on Soviet Union, Swiss banks and assimilation.

12/18/2013 - 19:00

Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Saturday at the age of 84.

Edgar Bronfman: "I'm a Jew, and if I was in a position to help, I did so." JTA

Helmsley Trust Donates $21 Million To Israel Institutions

12/17/2013 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $21 million in grants to four Israeli institutions.  These grants are part of a continuing effort to invest in Israel’s leading institutions and critical initiatives toward the goal of strengthening Israel as a successful and secure nation.

Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel

Hillel On The Spot At Swarthmore

Dialogue open with rogue group, but new CEO says guidelines on Israel must be enforced.

12/17/2013 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a growing debate over the boundaries of student discourse on Israel, the president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life said he is not concerned about rebellion in the ranks after the small chapter at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania openly scorned the organization’s guidelines.

Swarthmore Hillel’s Joshua Wolfsun and Hillel CEO Eric Fingerhut

Biden Proposes U.S. Aid For Holocaust Survivors

Matching grants could provide up to $30 million in relief for aging victims.

12/17/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Obama administration is for the first time proposing to spend as much as $15 million to help needy Holocaust survivors in the United States, 25 percent of whom live below the federal poverty level.

Joseph Biden. Getty Images

California Dreamin’ At URJ Biennial

Reform Judaism tries for a ‘reboot’ in face of daunting challenges.

12/17/2013 - 19:00

San Diego — What do you get when you bring together 5,000 of the Reform movement’s faithful for a conference in sunny San Diego in mid-December?

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

‘Superman Sam,’ Leukemia Patient Who Inspired Fundraisers, Dies At 8

12/15/2013 - 19:00

(JTA) — More than 1,000 mourners filled a Chicago-area synagogue on Monday to celebrate the life and lament the death of Samuel Asher Sommer, known as "Superman Sam," the son of two rabbis who died of refractory acute myeloid leukemia on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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