Seth Berkman


Euny Hong's Hebrew Seoul

By Seth Berkman

Euny Hong's Hebrew Seoul
Korean-American author Euny Hong’s journey to conversion began with Maimonides after reading “The Guide for the Perplexed” during a freshman-year course at Yale. With two Korean parents, her father secular and her mother Methodist, Hong grew up in a Chicago suburb before moving to Seoul when she was 12 years old.Read More


Peter Rosenberg, Hip-Hop's Jewish Radio Star

By Seth Berkman

Peter Rosenberg, Hip-Hop's Jewish Radio Star
Growing up in a kosher household in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Peter Rosenberg became enamored with hip-hop listening to tapes by rapper Big Daddy Kane and scratching records on the turntables he saved up to buy at age 14. Today, Rosenberg is a co-host of one of the nation’s most listened to morning shows, on the iconic New York City hip-hop station Hot 97. The Forward’s Seth Berkman recently talked with Rosenberg about the influence of his parents (his father, M.J. Rosenberg, is a well-known critic of Israeli policy), the relationship between Jews and blacks in hip-hop, and his die-hard fandom of professional wrestling.Read More


How an Asian Convert to Judaism Became Unlikely Leader of Unusual Synagogue

By Seth Berkman

How an Asian Convert to Judaism Became Unlikely Leader of Unusual Synagogue
What do a Japanese rabbi and a Chinese restaurant have in common? It’s no punch line — just the unlikely story of Rabbi Theodore Tsuruoka and his Long Island shul.Read More


Where Was Rabbi Heschel at March on Washington?

By Seth Berkman

Where Was Rabbi Heschel at March on Washington?
When the Forward decided to run a feature commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Jewish influence on the seminal civil rights event, the first name discussed was that of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a close friend of Martin Luther King.Read More


The Jews Who Marched on Washington With Martin Luther King

By Seth Berkman

The Jews Who Marched on Washington With Martin Luther King
Fifty years ago, the March on Washington unified progressive Americans. The event was capped by Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech — but Jews also played a huge role in the iconic event.Read More



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