Michael Kaplan


Open Hillel Plans First National Conference

By Michael Kaplan

Open Hillel, which has sparked considerable controversy for refusing to abide by Hillel International’s pro-Israel guidelines, has announced today that it will be holding its first national conference this October.Read More


Are Your Kids Playing Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong?

By Michael Kaplan

Are Your Kids Playing Jews vs. Nazis Beer Pong?
Let’s be real: good old-fashion beer pong got boring a long time ago.Read More


Some Question Methodology in ADL Study of Global Anti-Semitism

By Michael Kaplan

Some Question Methodology in ADL Study of Global Anti-Semitism
At first glance, it might be one of the most jarring studies of the year. A report published yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League has found that a good portion of the world’s population — about 1 billion people — harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.Read More


Beaten Holocaust Survivor Ursula Nelson Sues Home Care Agency for $1M

By Michael Kaplan

Beaten Holocaust Survivor Ursula Nelson Sues Home Care Agency for $1M
Holocaust survivor Ursula Nelson was planning to live out the rest of her life at her quiet apartment in Queens, N.Y. That changed one morning in 2011.Read More


Lee Marshall, Voice Behind Tony The Tiger, Dies at 64

By Michael Kaplan

Lee Marshall, Voice Behind Tony The Tiger, Dies at 64
He was GR-R-R-REAT at that low-timbered voice for the iconic Tony the Tiger. But now Kellogg’s is looking for someone to fill his shoes. Lee Marshall the voice behind the mascot, died at 64.Read More






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  • Leonard Fein's most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism. Steven M. Cohen remembers a great Jewish progressive:
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