JTS Undergoes Another Round of Layoffs, With 15 Employees Losing Their Jobs in June

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America underwent broad layoffs in late June, despite the chancellor’s earlier indication that no further layoffs would be forthcoming.

Asher Arian, 72, a Political Scientist and Author

Asher Arian, one of Israel’s most prominent political scientists, died on July 6 after a long illness. He was 72.

Rabbi Yehuda Amital, 85, a Thinker Who Blended Passion With Humility

Rabbi Yehuda Amital, one of the great contemporary Jewish leaders and thinkers — and one of my personal heroes — passed away in Jerusalem on July 9 at the age of 85.

Shimon Peres, The Musical

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.

‘I Will Survive,’ Auschwitz Edition

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.

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