Paul Berger

Paul Berger

Paul Berger has been a staff writer at the Forward since 2011, covering sex abuse, circumcision, fraud, and other criminal justice and healthcare issues. He is a fluent Russian speaker and has reported from Russia and Ukraine. He also likes digging into historical mysteries.

Before the Forward, Paul was a freelance journalist in New York for eight years and before that, he was a reporter for the Western Morning News in Cornwall, England. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the (London) Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer and The Week.

Paul won a Deadline Club Award, in 2011, for news reporting and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, in 2012, for investigative reporting.

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Yeshiva U. Loses $84M as Fiscal Woes Snowball

The bottom line just keeps getting uglier for cash-strapped Yeshiva University as the Modern Orthodox flagship ran a deficit of $84 million last year.

When It Comes to Kidney Donation, What Is Altruism?

You can’t report a story about kidney donation without addressing some tough personal questions. Paul Berger asks: What counts as altruism — and what doesn’t?

Inspired: Anthony Watkins is an assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Can an Orthodox Charity Help Save Lives in This Man's Church?

It’s difficult to get kidneys for those who need transplants. Could the model of an ultra-Orthodox group that saves fellow Jews work for the black community?

Done Deal: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, right, and Julius Berman, chairman of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, sign an agreement to expand benefits to Holocaust survivors.

Germany Seeks Compensation for $57M Holocaust Fraud

Germany is for the first time seeking compensation for the $57 million lost to fraud at the Claims Conference. But the Holocaust agency says it isn’t giving a dime of survivors’ cash.

New York City Changes Policy on Controversial Circumcision Rite

New York City mohels suspected of infecting babies with herpes during a controversial circumcision rite will have to undergo DNA testing, according to a tentative agreement announced today between the city and ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Kosher Stamp of Approval

Want to get high with your rabbi’s approval? Marijuana may soon come with a kosher stamp — but probably just for medical purposes, not your average stoner.

Why Yeshiva Is Only University Out of 92 With $1 Billion Endowment To Lose Value

92 U.S. universities have endowments over $1 billion. Yeshiva’s is the only one to shrink last year — and a Forward analysis reveals its performance under Richard Joel’s leadership.

Allen Spiegel, dean of Albert Eintstein College of Medicine, addresses students about the deal between Yeshiva U. and Montefiore Health Systems.

Yeshiva U. Finally Closes Deal To Shed Burden of Money-Losing Einstein Medical School

Yeshiva has finally shed the burden of money-losing Albert Einstein medical school. Does the deal mean the university can start to put a crushing fiscal crisis behind it?

Albert Eintstein College of Medicine Dean Allen Spiegel addressing students.

Yeshiva Revives Deal To Offload Einstein College of Medicine

Yeshiva University has finally offloaded its costly medical school. Students learned today that Montefiore Health System will take over the operations and financial responsibility for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Is Controversial Circumcision Ritual Dangerous?

Is a controversial circumcision rite dangerous? New York City believes 17 infants have been infected because of metzizah b’peh — but not everyone agrees.