He survived wars and political defeats before winning a Nobel Prize and Israel’s presidency. Soon he’ll experience it all again — this time, from a seat at one of Tel Aviv’s top theaters.
Gloria Gaynor’s anthem “I Will Survive” may be a popular bar and bat mitzvah song, but placing the tune in just about any other Jewish context might seem crass. Which is why several Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors are outraged over Jane Korman’s decision to play it in conjunction with a video filmed at Auschwitz.
For a while, Geri Brin was just another Jewish mother, worrying that her 31-year-old son, Colby, would never find true love. “I can picture her on her deathbed… choking out the words, ‘Colby, did you call that girl?’ before fading into darkness,” Colby told the New York Post in a July 13 article. Brin set up her son with just about everybody, including her dental hygienist’s friend’s daughter and the upholstery saleswoman she met when re-covering her couch. But then, Brin took it to another level: She expanded her matchmaking efforts to the Internet.
Brandeis University has chosen Frederick M. Lawrence, an expert in civil and human rights laws and author of a book on hate crime, to be its new president.
A small Modern Orthodox rabbinic organization has thrust itself into the ongoing debate over women’s religious leadership by passing a resolution that goes further than the major Modern Orthodox rabbinic association in defining roles for female spiritual leaders.3
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