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  • Is the Newsweek rabbis list good for the Jews?

    March 14, 2013 | 5:59 am

    One night some years ago, two powerful Jewish men in media, one from New York and one from Los Angeles, were walking together through the streets of Jerusalem when they hatched a little idea. 

    Michael Lynton, then CEO and co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and his longtime...

  • Rabbi Hier tops ‘Newsweek’ list of rabbis

    By Amy Klein

    March 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most influential American rabbi of them all?

    Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, according to a list published Monday in Newsweek. An article titled "American Jews: The List -- Choosing the Chosen," rates America's...

  • The Trailblazer’s Toolbox: Programs That Grab

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a brief rundown of the national synagogue revitalization programs that have arisen since the early 1990s.

    • Billed as the first such initiative, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) was created in 1992. It strives to popularize Jewish learning among congregants...

  • Spectator - My Husband,  the Rabbi

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The first time the word "rebbetzin" appeared in The New York Times was in 1931, in a review of a book about Yiddish theater. The term stood untranslated; the reviewer and his editors assumed that readers would understand the meaning.

    The word has gone in and out of favor among those...

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  • Spectator - Lessing’s Shots of Liberty

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Erich Lessing received his first camera when he exited the synagogue from his bar mitzvah in Vienna in 1936.

    "There was no idea of taking up photography as a profession," said Lessing, 82, from his house in Austria. "In a good Jewish family in Vienna you would only be a lawyer or a...