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Reporters' Roundtable: Independent Minyanim; Abortion Legislation

The rise of independent minyanim, and the Conservative movement’s efforts to reach out to them, and the response of the organized Jewish community to legislation that would further limit abortion rights are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Forward editor Jane Eisner and Forward Fellow Joy Resmovits join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More


JDating — Without Losing Your Mind

By Meredith Ganzman

In honor of Valentine’s Day, author and filmmaker Michelle Cove speaks with the Forward about about why she thinks Jewish women are staying single longer than ever before. She also provides tips on how to make the most of Jewish dating sites and how to avoid “dater’s burnout.”Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: Fallen Jewish Soldiers; Liberal Judaism in Decline?

The Forward’s Maia Efrem speaks with host Josh Nathan-Kazis about her feature on the 37 American Jewish service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Then Josh speaks with news editor Larry Cohler-Esses about the growing organizational crisis affecting America’s liberal denominations.Read More


Yid Lit: Sloane Crosley

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Thirty-two-year-old writer and humorist Sloane Crosley has published two books of essays on topics ranging from what not to do in the office (bake cookies shaped like the boss) to how to attend an Alaskan wedding (armed with the definition of “scat”; it means “bear feces”). She spoke to the Forward’s Allison Gaudet Yarrow about her Jewish cred (her grandmother dated actor Zero Mostel), the backhanded compliments given by men to clever women and making readable art out of her life. Crosley’s most recent collection, “How Did You Get This Number” (Riverhead), a compilation of nine satirical essays, is scheduled for release May 3.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: On the Ground in Egypt; A Threat to Abortion Rights?

In this week Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, host Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Forward contributor Eric Trager about the implications of the current uprising in Cairo. Trager was, until recently, doing research in the Egyptian capital. Josh also speaks with Sisterhood blog contributor Sarah Seltzer about new legislative threats to abortion rights and access. At the end of the podcast is a short interview with “Emily,” a graduate student who remains in Cairo, and who, for security reasons, did not want her last name used.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: 'The Palestine Papers'; Samuel T. Cohen's Explosive Legacy

In this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable, Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with Forward editor Jane Eisner and staff reporter Gal Beckerman about the recent leak of internal documents from the Palestinian negotiating team, and the Forward’s posthumous profile of Samuel T. Cohen — the eccentric Jewish physicist who invented the neutron bomb.Read More


Reporters’ Roundtable: Fighting for Pollard's Release; The End of Labor

This week, the Reporters’ Roundtable discusses the newly invigorated push from Israel to spring convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from the American prison where he’s incarcerated and the long awaited fracturing of Israeli’s Labor party. Washington correspondent Nathan Guttman and staff writer Gal Beckerman join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More


Listening to 'Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish'

By Jon Kalish

In this podcast, Jon Kalish traces the production of the feature film “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish,” debuting at the New York Jewish Film Festival. Young Jews who left Brooklyn’s chasidic communities comprise its cast of first time actors. John Kalish interviews the director and actors.Read More


Reporters’ Roundtable: Giffords’ Jewish Story; Mitchell-Ross Rift

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s Jewish journey, and the growing tensions between the Obama administration’s top Mideast advisers, George Mitchell and Dennis Ross, are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Web editor Gabrielle Birkner and staff writer Nathan Guttman join host Josh Nathan-Kazis.Read More


Women's Roundtable: The Pay Gap & The Pill

The pay gap between men and women in the Jewish communal workforce, what perpetuates this gap, and whether or not oral contraceptives have led to a fertility crisis are the subjects of the Women’s Roundtable. Forward editor Jane Eisner, Lilith editor Susan Weidman Schneider and Lilith associate editor Sonia Isard join host Gabrielle Birkner.Read More





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