Ethan Porter

Workshops Challenge the Deafening Silence Around Gay Issues

Three years ago, a study conducted by the LGBT Education Collaborative about how Jewish schools deal with sexual diversity — one of the first studies of its kind — found that many educational institutions maintain a “deafening” silence on the subject.That is beginning to change.Mosaic: The National Jewish Center for Sexual and Gender

Youth Group Prepares Outreach to Yeshiva Officials

Gay students often have a particularly difficult time in Orthodox schools. One young gay man to whom the Forward spoke — he asked to be identified simply as Chaim, since he is not out of the closet to most of his friends and family — recalled his experiences at a yeshiva in New York. The school’s rabbi, he said, used to pepper his lectures

Film Examines Court Jews Who Dominated Basketball

In Miami there are men whose memories burn with images of athletic glory long-relegated to private collections of black-and-white news reels — images of swooping majestic passes back and forth, baskets swishing with grace, running up and down a court of giants. These men possess the story of how Jewish Americans, most of them the children of

How the Democrats Lost the Youth Vote

On Election Day, I and my fellow “Gen Yers” were expected to carry John Kerry to the White House, but by late evening it was obvious we had failed to vote in numbers large enough to deliver the election for the senator. “The youth vote is bunk,” conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg declared gleefully. The thing is, it’s not

Seders on Rosh Hashanah? A Calcutta Story

If you’ve never heard of a Rosh Hashanah Seder, you aren’t alone, but Rahel Musleah is trying to change that. The tradition, which Musleah summarizes in her new children’s book, “Apples and Pomegranates: A Rosh Hashanah Seder” (Kar-Ben), with illustrations by Judy Jarrett, comes from her native India, where it was long practiced by the

French Flock Flies to Y.U.

Yeshiva University will see its enrollment of undergraduate students from France double when the fall semester begins.According to the school’s admissions department, the number of French students will rise next month from 20 to perhaps more than 40. The increase comes after two school officials — Ethel Orlian, assistant dean of Y.U.’s Stern

Online Guide Catalogs Jewish Offerings on Campus

Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, has released an updated version of its Guide to Jewish Life on Campus, and for the first time has made it available exclusively online (www. hillel.org).“We’ve updated all of the information for every single campus with which we have contact, from the smallest university to the

Program Offers a Gift to Struggling Kids

Almost 10 summers have passed since Meredith Englander last saw Josh, but she still remembers him clearly. At that time, Englander was working as a counselor at a Jewish camp and he was her camper. Josh, then only 8 years old, was asked to leave the camp because of behavioral issues.Ever since the indelible image of a young child

Progressive Zionists Go Back to School

Anti-Israeli student activists have grown increasingly vocal on college campuses in recent years, but in many cases the only organized pro-Israel response has been from right-wing groups. Other Jewish students — equally pro-Israel but far more liberal — can find themselves without a voice. Liberals say an essential part of the discourse is

Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” in