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Chanan Tigay

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me a Donation Match

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Call him a personal shopper, a matchmaker or a boutique investment adviser. However he is described, Joseph Hyman is trying to chart a new course in the world of Jewish philanthropy. A longtime Jewish organizational professional and fundraiser, Hyman last year launched the Center...

  • Warren Buffett’s Jewish Connection

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Warren Buffett is not a Jew; in fact, he describes himself as an agnostic.

    Still, the billionaire investment guru, who made big news in May when his Berkshire Hathaway corporation bought an 80 percent share in the Israeli metalworks conglomerate, Iscar, for $4 billion, for years has...

  • Orthodox Alcohol, Drug Abuse Rising

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Peter Gould had his last drink on Purim night seven years ago -- or, more accurately, his last drinks.

    "I drank more alcohol in a day than a human body can handle," he said, relaxing on a puffy couch in Baltimore in jeans, sneakers and a black knit kipah.

    At the time, Gould --...

  • Chabad Menorahs Gain Acceptance

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) sued the city of Beverly Hills to block the local Chabad house from erecting a 27-foot menorah in a public park near City Hall. Displaying the menorah -- a Jewish religious symbol -- on public property, the AJCongress argued,...

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  • Proud to Have Guilt

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Once Mireille Silcoff had been hired to edit a new quarterly Jewish magazine for young people, she needed to give it a name.

    "At one point I just started asking people, 'What are the first things you think of when you think about your Jewishness?'" Silcoff recalled. "You can't...

  • Zionist Group Seeks to Assert Relevance

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Yossi Beilin, leader of Israel's Meretz-Yahad Party, called for the establishment of an assembly of Jewish lawmakers from around the world to address issues of consequence to global Jewry.

    Beilin's call echoed an idea two years earlier from Israeli President...

  • Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Giving

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish philanthropies didn't raise much more money last year than they did the previous year, but the American Jewish community remains numerically over-represented among America's top charities, an examination of a recent ranking of philanthropies demonstrates.

    Of the...

  • Lulav Shortage Shakes Jewish World

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    American legislators, Israeli officials and Jewish groups are working diplomatic channels in an effort to stave off a looming lulav shortage ahead of Sukkot.

    Their efforts follow a surprise move by Egypt, which -- after years as the world's primary supplier of the palm fronds that...

  • Spectator - The Holy Land of Progress

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli firm, M-Systems, developed flash technology that allows huge amounts of computer data to be stored on a key chain. Given Imaging Ltd. created a miniature, disposable video camera that can be fitted into a capsule and swallowed, giving doctors thousands of images of a...

  • Will Warmer View of Israel at U.N. Last?

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As he sat in a holding area just off the U.N. General Assembly's historic meeting hall -- the same General Assembly that condemns Israel about 20 times each year -- Ariel Sharon discovered that he had far more friends at the United Nations than he might have known.

    In the minutes...

  • A Historic Event

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • A Race Against Time and Floodwaters

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Jewish day schools opened their doors to evacuees, families welcomed strangers into their homes, Jewish rescue squads searched through the storm's wreckage and Jewish organizations raised millions of dollars for those whose lives were...

  • Retaining Educators No Easy Assignment

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, Deena Messinger considered leaving her job as a kindergarten teacher at Sinai Akiva Academy in Westwood to teach at a secular private school or a public school. While Sinai pays well relative to other day schools, she said, a switch would mean higher salary and better...

  • Conservative Jews Face Turning Point

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It has become axiomatic in certain circles to say that the Conservative movement is at a crossroads as it considers its future.

    With the announcement this month of the upcoming retirement of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, longtime chancellor of the movement's flagship Jewish Theological...

  • Are Jews Smarter?

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A reported link between Ashkenazi intelligence genes and susceptibility to genetic disorders is clearly mixed news for the descendants of Eastern European Jews.

    It may come as little surprise, then, that reactions to a new study linking the two are a mixed bag as well.

    After all,...

  • Jews Welcome Choice of Pope

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As the regal red curtains were pulled aside, clearing the way for the still-unidentified new pope to emerge on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica and offer a blessing to church faithful, many Jews joined the world's 1 billion Catholics in holding their collective breath.

    The...

  • Rabbi Expelled Over Sex Abuse Claims

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The decision of a leading association of centrist Orthodox rabbis to expel one of its members has highlighted for some in the community the difficulties of addressing sexual abuse in the Orthodox world.

    Following an investigation into allegations from several women of sexual...