Lana Gersten


Ruth Brin, 88, Whose Prayers and Poetry Grace Siddurim

By Lana Gersten

Ruth Brin, a Jewish scholar and author of 13 books, died September 30 of a heart attack. She was 88.Read More


New York’s First Flu Victim Was a ‘Wonderful Role Model’

By Lana Gersten

New York’s First Flu Victim Was a ‘Wonderful Role Model’
Mitchell Wiener, a Queens public school administrator and beloved member of that New York borough’s Jewish community, died May 17 of complications from swine flu — the first person in New York State and sixth in the United States to die from the flu strain now spreading around the world.Read More


Making Jewish Beliefs Accessible To More

By Lana Gersten

At a time when many pulpit rabbis have fewer congregants to attend to, a Jewish institution is urging them to turn their attention to a larger flock — American society.Read More


LeBron James’s Jewish Connection

By Lana Gersten

LeBron James’s Jewish Connection
Typically, Jews and professional basketball don’t mix — not unless you’re talking about the early days of the game, when Jews were a dominating force. But one of basketball’s present-day greats, Cleveland Cavalier forward LeBron James, is merging the two in an unexpected way.Read More


Joseph Sherman, 65, Yiddish Scholar and Translator

By Lana Gersten

Joseph Sherman, a scholar and translator of Yiddish literature who is best known for Translating Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel “Shadows on the Hudson,” died March 20. He was 65. The cause of death was complications from pancreatitis.Read More






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