Jewish Journal

  • Sokatch leaving Bay Area federation for New Israel Fund

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 15, 2009 | 9:33 pm

    Rumors circulated earlier today, but now it’s official: Daniel Sokatch, who only last summer left PJA to take over the San Francisco federation, is leaving to run the New Israel Fund.

    Sokatch’s letter to the federation’s president and staff:

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    I am... read on

  • Nazi-looted art and property law

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 15, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    Randol Schoenberg was a bit surprised when I told him Saturday what they were now teaching in first-year property courses at UCLA School of Law. Among a handful of cases looking at Nazi-looted properties is one that took Schoenberg from Austria to the U.S. Supreme Court and back—and... read on

  • Patrick Swayze wasn’t Jewish, but he played one on TV

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 15, 2009 | 11:54 am

    The Catskills was once the preferred summer vacation home of a great many wealthy Jews. It was here, at least fictionally, that Patrick Swayze first became well-known—not in the tradition of Borscht Belt comedians but as a dance instructor in “Dirty Dancing.”

    Remember the classic... read on

  • Jesus’ synagogue found in Israel?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 15, 2009 | 3:03 am

    Archeologists interviewed by CNN say it’s at least possible that Jesus sat with his disciples in this ancient synagogue found in northern Israel. It’s going to be hard to prove that historically, but it’s fascinating to imagine nonetheless.

  • Wondering why Jews are liberal

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 14, 2009 | 10:34 pm

    Neocon icon Norman Podhoretz has a new book questioning the tradition of Jewish liberalism and, more aptly, the current relationship between Jews and liberal causes. “Why Are Jews Liberal?”—to which the Tapped blog from The American Prospect responds: “Why is the sky blue?

    True,... read on

  • God told hijacker preacher to do it

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 14, 2009 | 11:29 am

    How did I miss this fun one last week? Check it:

    A Bolivian preacher who hijacked a Mexican plane saying he was on a divine mission used three juice cans to convince crew members he had a bomb, he later told reporters.

    Jose Marc Flores Pereira, 44, a Bible-carrying evangelical... read on

  • ‘But your name is Greenberg’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 12, 2009 | 11:55 pm

    The following op-ed probably sounds familiar. It’s similar to my exit piece for The Jewish Journal, but this article was for JTA’s High Holiday coverage. I’m interested to see what papers pick it up.

    I’ve republished the entire piece below:

    “But your name is Greenberg.”

    It was... read on

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