Short Takes

The Rabbi Rankings

03/30/2007
Staff Writer
There are lists of the top colleges in America. There are lists of the top Jewish leaders. There are even lists of the top comic books and the worst-dressed celebrities. Now add the top 50 rabbis in America. Newsweek Magazine published the list this week, saying the selections were “far from scientific” and “revised and rejiggered” many times by its authors: Sony Pictures CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton; Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of News Corporation, and Jay Sanderson, CEO of the Jewish Television Network.

Edwards Endorses ‘Moment of Silence’

03/09/2007
Staff Writer
(JTA) — Presidential candidate John Edwards said he believes in school prayer, as long as teachers do not lead it. The former North Carolina senator, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, said this week on Belief.net that “allowing time for children to pray for themselves, to themselves, I think is not only OK, I think it’s a good thing.” Edwards also said that although he does not believe America is a Christian nation, “there’s a powerful Christian thread through all of American history.”

Israeli Producers Stopped By NYPD

03/09/2007
Staff Writer
(JTA) — Producers of an Israeli dance show said they were detained as a potential threat while taping in New York. Yoav Tzafir and Tzivka Hadar, who produce the televised contest “Born to Dance,” said Sunday that while preparing to tape in New York last week they found themselves in New Jersey and decided to tape the ride back. But their cameras got the attention of undercover police.

Record $75 Million Gift To Hadassah

03/09/2007
Staff Writer
In one of the largest donations to a Jewish institution, William and Karen Davidson on behalf of Guardian Industries Corp. in Michigan contributed $75 million to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem for the construction of a new inpatient tower. In announcing the gift, William Davidson of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., said in a statement that his family’s connection to Hadassah stretches back to 1917 when the organization’s founder, Henrietta Szold, spent a week in his family’s home.

World ORT Flexes Muscle

01/26/2007
Staff Writer
Displaying a new independence after losing its Israeli affiliate, World ORT has suddenly tripled the amount of money it is giving to Israeli students — bypassing ORT Israel’s highly respected network of private schools that broke away last fall. World ORT announced this week that it plans to send nearly $9 million to Israeli public schools in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education. It is to be used to improve science and technology education in Israel, which the organization said it considers the basic foundation of the Israeli school system.

Cancer Mutation Not Just In Jews

11/17/2006
Staff Writer
For years it has been conventional wisdom that Ashkenazi women alone have an increased risk for certain forms of breast cancer. But a new study is challenging that claim of genetic researchers. The study, published in this month's issue of The American Journal of Public Health, found that although three recognized breast cancer mutations are present in 2 to 3 percent of Ashkenazi Jewish women, the mutations are not unique to Ashkenazi Jewish women.

Lubavitch Laptops

08/26/2009
Staff Writer

They may be in Thessaloniki or in the foothills of the Himalayas, but emissaries-to-be in the Rebbe’s Army — as befits the high tech-savvy Chabad movement — are online all the while.

Rabbi Avi Shlomo talks with a local Jew on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The Other Wiesel

01/17/2003
Editor and Publisher
When her husband was notified in the fall of 1986 that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, and about $400,000 that went along with it, Marion Wiesel suggested they buy a sailboat. “I love sailing,” she said with a smile during a recent interview. But the couple quickly decided to use the funds for more charitable purposes, establishing the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Israeli Bet Din Takes Up Rabbi Weinberg Case

07/11/2003
Editor and Publisher
A religious court in Jerusalem has taken up the case of sex abuse charges leveled at Rabbi Matis Weinberg, the noted Torah scholar, author and lecturer accused of making advances toward former yeshiva students, The Jewish Week has learned. The bet din is affiliated with the Badatz Eida Haredi, a well-known religious court in the fervently Orthodox sector of the community.

Steinhardt Pledges $10 Million

11/21/2003
Editor and Publisher
Jerusalem — Calling Jewish education the most important means of assuring the survival of American Jewry, philanthropist Michael Steinhardt challenged the Jewish establishment in North America and Israel to launch a Fund for the Jewish Future. He pledged to give $10 million, provided the sum would comprise no more than 10 percent of the total allocation.
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