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  • Open Letter to Ellie About God

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 27, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    What follows is a response to “My God Problem” posted by Julie Wiener at the Jewish Week, regarding some difficult questions her eight-year-old daughter Ellie has been asking about God.

    Dear Ellie:

    You have been asking some excellent questions about God. Have you ever heard someone...

  • Intermarriage:The Contest

    By Julie Wiener

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) reported that 52 percent of Jews were marrying non-Jews, the American Jewish community has been split on how to respond. While many on the left have called for greater outreach and acceptance for interfaith families, others have...
  • Groups Call for Divestment

    By Julie Wiener

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel supporters in Cambridge, Mass., have hit back hard in response to a small faculty campaign urging Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) to divest from companies doing business in Israel.

    Responding to a pro-divestment faculty petition that garnered...

  • UJC Israel Campaign Sets Priorities

    By Julie Wiener

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The North American Jewish federation system has designated five priority areas for allocating funds from its Israel emergency campaign.

    More than $119 million has been raised, most of it since April 8, when the national campaign was officially launched, according to officials of the...

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  • Recession Hits Jewish Education

    By Julie Wiener

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, a Conservative school, is raising its tuition by $1,000 for next year -- more than twice the usual rate of increase -- to make up for shortfalls in its endowment revenues.

    The Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schools in Staten Island, N.Y. and Edison,...

  • Enron Fallout in Houston

    By Julie Wiener

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Enron Corporation and Linda Lay, the wife of its chairman and chief executive, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Houston's Holocaust museum, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the institution's $3 million budget.

    Now enmeshed in scandal and bankruptcy,...

  • Reform Leader Angers Orthodox

    By Julie Wiener

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Orthodox Jewish leaders are outraged by an Israeli Reform leader's comments drawing comparisons between fervently Orthodox Jews and the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But Rabbi Uri Regev, the outspoken director of the Israel Religious...

  • An End to Denial

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Borough Park section of Brooklyn is one of America's most visibly Jewish neighborhoods.

    On several residential blocks of one- and two-family brick homes, almost every front door has a mezuzah. Modestly dressed women push strollers, while girls in dresses and boys in tzitzit and...

  • Jewish Art Makeover

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A women's tefillin set with a beaded velvet box and blue satin straps.

    A silver "Kiddush" cup in which ceremonial wine passes through a delicately crafted silver net formed from the Hebrew word for "blessed."

    A sukkah with brightly painted walls made of the long, plastic

    strips...

  • Dirty Money?

    By Julie Wiener

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Exactly two weeks before a controversial last-minute presidential pardon made him a household name in the United States, Marc Rich was sitting in the VIP section at a mega-event for Birthright Israel in Jerusalem.

    Surrounded by thousands of young, primarily North American Jews on...

  • Establishing Boundaries

    By Julie Wiener

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movement's most prominent rabbis was suspended from the movement's rabbinical association for past sexual misconduct.

    Shortly after his suspension from the Central...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • Inspired Leader

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Alexander Schindler, the longtime leader of the Reform movement best known for his support of outreach to intermarried couples and recognition of patrilineal descent, has died at the age of 75.He died early Wednesday morning from heart failure at his home in Westport, Conn. As...

  • Beyond the Glass Ceiling

    By Julie Wiener

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When word got out last week that Janet Engelhart had been named executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island - making her the only woman professional at the helm of one of the 40 largest federations - she received a flood of phone calls.

    Most were colleagues and...

  • Spreading the Word

    By Julie Wiener

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shirley Kotler of Los Angeles said her commitment to day schools stems from her interest in "perpetuating Judaism."

    "I'm frightened about assimilation," said Kotler, who funds the modern Orthodox Shalhevet school, which her grandchildren attend, and created an endowed faculty position...

  • Uniting the Divided

    By Julie Wiener

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Minutes after the official announcement that her husband would be the first Jewish vice presidential candidate on a major ticket, Hadassah Lieberman stepped on the national stage.

    "Here I am, the daughter of survivors from the Holocaust, the most horrendous thing that happened," she...

  • Dropping Out

    By Julie Wiener

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Elliot Maltz had a Bar Mitzvah two years ago, but he says his Hebrew school experience was "really boring" and "discouraged me from future practice."

    Maltz, a West Hartford, Conn., 15-year-old who spends most of his free time playing sports, says being Jewish is important to him, but...

  • Jewish Research Calling

    By Julie Wiener

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you get a phone call in the next few months from a stranger with lots of questions, don't assume it's a telemarketer.

    The person on the other end of the line may be more interested in hearing about your Jewish identity than telling you about the latest credit card deal.

    Researchers...

  • Starting Up

    By Julie Wiener

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When a 30-something British financial investment manager took a few years off to study Jewish texts in Israel, he was struck by the differences between the financial and Jewish communal worlds.

    "In the private sector, at the moment, committed young people with good ideas can find...