Nathaniel Popper


One Journalist’s Jewish Journey

By Nathaniel Popper

One Journalist’s Jewish Journey
Now that I have left the Forward to join the reporting staff at the Los Angeles Times, I am no longer faced with the familiar look from old friends when I tell them where I work. “You work for a Jewish newspaper!?” they’d ask incredulously. “I didn’t even know you were Jewish.”Read More


Bowing to Market, Consumer Demand, Some Jewish Nursing Homes Go Treyf

By Nathaniel Popper

Bowing to Market, Consumer Demand, Some Jewish Nursing Homes Go Treyf
Kosher food makes a Jewish home. That has been the thinking for the past 29 years at Martins Run, a Jewish retirement community outside Philadelphia where every meal served in the white-tablecloth dining rooms has been certified kosher.Read More


A Ghostly Trace of the Jewish Occult

By Nathaniel Popper

A Ghostly Trace of the Jewish Occult
A newly discovered piece of stained, wrinkled paper conjures up the details of a Jewish exorcism that appears to have been performed sometime in the 18th or 19th century.Read More


Did Brooklyn DA Chase Sex Abuser?

By Nathaniel Popper

Did Brooklyn DA Chase Sex Abuser?
Brooklyn’s district attorney has lost a key fight in his effort to keep the lid on details of how he has dealt with a high-profile sex-abuse case in the Orthodox Jewish community.Read More


The Lone Orthodox Jew at Notre Dame

By Nathaniel Popper

But what about being the [only] Orthodox Jew at the nation’s most famous Catholic university, Notre Dame? It is apparently a struggle against constant misunderstanding, as an article in a local college paper makes clear.Read More






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