Lani Perlman


Media Furor in Bronx Fueled by Thesis

By Lani Perlman

Like most master’s degree students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, I expected my 32-page thesis to gather dust peacefully on the library’s shelves. Instead, it unleashed a political storm of scurrilous charges of antisemitism against one of the most prominent players in New York City politics — and my main source.Read More


No Rabbi To Call Your Own? How About a Rental?

By Lani Perlman

When Samantha, a 13-year-old Jewish girl from Westchester County, N.Y., became a bat mitzvah, she read from the Torah and recited the ancient blessings before a gathering of family and friends. But unlike a typical ceremony, Samantha’s was in a catering hall and not a synagogue. She read from a rented Torah. And the rabbi presidingRead More


It’s All in the Cards: Poker Ace Plays a Winning Hand

By Lani Perlman

At first blush, Eric Froehlich seems like a Jewish parent’s worst nightmare: Earlier this year, he dropped out of a top university to become a professional poker player.But Froehlich is no ordinary poker player.In June, just a few months after turning 21 and leaving the University of Virginia, Froehlich became the youngest player ever to win aRead More



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