The Werewolf’s Jewish Roots

The man credited with creating the modern werewolf sometimes thought of the monster as a Jew. “It reminds me a bit of myself,” Jewish screenwriter Curt Siodmak once said of the beast in his 1941 horror classic, “The Wolf Man,” which returns to the big screen February 12 in a remake.

An Israeli Competes for an ‘American Idol’ Title

She has the name of an Israeli, but the voice — maybe — of the next American Idol.

IDF Turns To Human Rights Watch for Help

As human rights organizations continue to be vilified by an Israeli government still smarting from the effects of the Goldstone Report, the Forward has learned that the Israeli military has been in conversation and even actively working with Human Rights Watch, the international organization that has been often — and loudly — denounced by the Jewish world.

School Teaches Hebrew to a Diverse Class

On a recent Monday morning in southern Brooklyn, 20 kindergarteners sat on a rug, staring up at a photo of President Obama. Their teacher, Nitzan Graham, asked them, in Hebrew, to identify the parts of Obama’s face, and the children were ecstatic, yelling out the Hebrew words for “nose” and “mouth.” When the ruckus had died down, Graham asked Jasmine, a 5-year-old African-American girl with pigtails, to stand up. “What are these?” the teacher asked, pointing to Obama’s eyes. “Ena’im!” the girl said gleefully.

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In ‘Bombshell,’ JTS Eliminates Cantorial Dean

The Jewish Theological Seminary is eliminating the position of dean of its cantorial school as part of a major reorganization and consolidation at Conservative Judaism’s flagship seminary. Chancellor Arnold Eisen said that the restructuring would take place in lieu of closing the cantorial school — the course of action recommended by an outside consultant.

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