Elisha Sauers

Online Outreach

Only in the past three or four years have the words “iPod,” “mp3,” “podcast” and “bandwidth” crept into the modern-day lexicon, their specific meanings still eluding the general population.

Rabbi Takes Unorthodox Trek

Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s continuing mission: to find a publisher for “Jewish Themes in ‘Star Trek’ (Where No Rabbi Has Gone Before!)” His goal: to use the mother of all sci-fi franchises to teach people about Judaism.

A New Level of Interfaith Understanding

Though Reform rabbi Andrew Bossov and Methodist reverend Karen Onesti may have their theological differences, they can now claim at least one vital bond. Bossov, 47, successfully received one of Onesti’s kidneys during an urgent January 23 organ transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Both patients are now back in their hometown of Mount Laurel, N.J., recovering.

What’s an Indiana ‘HooShir’?

Whether you are a devotee of basketball coach Bob Knight, a native Indianan or even a historian of the Midwest, nobody today quite knows the origin of the word “hoosier.” But a few Jewish a cappella singers at Indiana University have provided their own meaning — and landed a White House holiday gig along the way.

Making It Official, Creatively

When Abe Newman and his partner, Craig Pollack, discussed the possibility of marriage, they decided that they wanted their ceremony to be infused with Jewish traditions. Last weekend, even though a friend who is not a rabbi officiated their ceremony in Massachusetts, they stood beneath a chupah and smashed not one but two light bulbs.

Artist Struggles To Overcome Pain With Paint

The canvases lining Ted Meyer’s studio seem too small for their contents. The jumbled skeletons they depict, upside-down and askew, resemble boxes full of bones dug up by an archaeologist and haphazardly stowed away for later scrutiny.

Poll Finds Most Are Ignorant of Gaucher

In a recent telephone survey, researchers presented the following set of symptoms to hundreds of hematologists and oncologists from around the world: A 42-year-old man has complaints of chronic fatigue and bone pain, while suffering from a low blood-platelet count and an enlarged liver and spleen.

Absolutely Kosher?

“Absolutely marvelous news in the world of vodka!” read a press release issued by the Orthodox Union late last month.

Illusions for the Disillusioned

Magician and stunt artist David Blaine has executed many seemingly impossible feats - burying himself alive for a week, settling into a glass chamber dangling above the River Thames in London, huddling in an ice locker for some 60 hours - but his newest challenge may be too much even for him. This past Tuesday morning, Blaine arrived in Israel, a place where danger is no mere illusion.

Abercrombie & Fitch Tries To Make Diversity Fashionable

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is known for many things: classic casual apparel, fresh-faced half-naked models, and gorgeously photographed catalogs combining those two elements. But, for the past year, Abercrombie has been selling something that doesn’t have a price tag: tolerance.