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
At some point, the shouts of “Heil Hitler” that often greeted Marcus Eilenberg as he walked to the 107-year-old Moorish-style synagogue in this port city forced the 32-year-old attorney to make a difficult, life-changing decision: Fearing for his family’s safety after repeated anti-Semitic incidents, Eilenberg reluctantly uprooted himself and his wife and two children, and moved to Israel in May.74
A Taglit-Birthright tour visiting Israel in early July made a stop in a city that most of these groups have studiously avoided: Hebron. And this stop has raised questions about whether Birthright can travel beyond the so-called Green Line into the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with differing answers from American and Israeli Birthright officials.23
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