Uriel Heilman


Federations Gather To Network, Organize Fret and — Of Course! — Shmooze

By Uriel Heilman

Federations Gather To Network, Organize Fret and — Of Course! — Shmooze
Part pep rally, part training and part family reunion, this week’s annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America drew some 3,000 people to a conference center outside Washington to cheer federations’ philanthropic work, listen to presentations ranging from European anti-Semitism to crowdfunding, and to schmooze.Read More


In Ebola Fight, Jewish Groups Help Caregivers Cope With Psychosocial Trauma

By Uriel Heilman

In Ebola Fight, Jewish Groups Help Caregivers Cope With Psychosocial Trauma
In the fight against Ebola, Jewish aid groups bring special experience dealing with traum affecting caregivers and other health service providers.Read More


For Many Converts, Bumpy Road to Mikveh Only Beginning of Woes

By Uriel Heilman

For Many Converts, Bumpy Road to Mikveh Only Beginning of Woes
The road to conversion can be long and difficult. But newly minted Jews find the challenges hardly end when they step out of the mikveh.Read More


After Freundel Scandal, Converts in Waiting Complain of Unexpected Obstacles

By Uriel Heilman

After Freundel Scandal, Converts in Waiting Complain of Unexpected Obstacles
Tzipporah Laura LaFianza and her family have been living as Orthodox Jews for four years now. They reside in a heavily Jewish suburb of Washington, go to shul every Shabbat and keep a strictly kosher kitchen.Read More


Rabbi Barry Freundel Urged Women To Take 'Long Showers' and Mikveh 'Dunks'

By Uriel Heilman

Rabbi Barry Freundel Urged Women To Take 'Long Showers' and Mikveh 'Dunks'
Bethany Mandel found it odd when Rabbi Barry Freundel demanded she ttake a “really long shower” in the mikveh prior to her formal conversion to Judaism.Read More



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