Reporters' Roundtable: Interfaith Edition

A new study on intermarriage that upends long-held notions about how to engage the children of intermarried couples is the subject of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with staff writer Gal Beckerman and senior columnist J.J. Goldberg about the tenor of the current conversation on intermarriage, in comparison to that of years and decades past, and the panel discusses how Jewish movements are dealing with issues of rabbinic ordination, marriage and burial of those in interfaith relationships.Read More

Yid Lit: Ben Greenman

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Ben Greenman is an author and an editor at The New Yorker magazine who is worried about the state of written communication — now that lightening speed of email has replaced the patience and thoughtfulness required to send someone you care about a hand-written note.Read More

Women's Roundtable: JAP-TV; Jewish Eggs; Mah Jongg's Evolution

In the second installment of our women’s roundtable podcast, the Forward’s web editor Gabrielle Birkner speaks with Forward editor Jane Eisner, Lilith editor Susan Weidman Schneider and Lilith associate editor Sonia Isard about a proposed reality show about self-proclaimed Jewish American Princesses, the evolution of the game of mah jongg, the high demand for Jewish donor eggs and the first crisis pregnancy center geared toward Jewish women. The editors also recall the moment they first knew they were feminists.Read More

Reporters' Roundtable: A Historic Shift in U.S.-Israel Relations

In advance of the July 6 talks between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with news editor Larry Cohler-Esses and staff writer Nathan Guttman about the state of U.S.-Israel relations. They discuss the Obama administration’s role in Israel’s decision to ease the Gaza blockade, Ambassador Michael Oren’s recent comments about the changing Israel-American relationship, and whether Defense Minister Ehud Barak or Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wields more power on the international stage.Read More

Reporters' Roundtable: Haredi Protests

The mass protests of Haredim in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel, and the 27-year prison sentence handed down to former Agriprocessors’ CEO Sholom Rubashkin are the subjects of this week’s Reporters’ Roundtable. Reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis speaks with editor Jane Eisner and staff writer Gal Beckerman about the Ashkenazim-Sephardim desegregation case that prompted the Israeli protests, and a recent rally in Brooklyn that brought together various Hasidic sects in support of Rubashkin.Read More

Reporters' Roundtable: Remembering a Milestone in the Soviet Jewry Movement

This week on the Forward Reporters’ Roundtable, reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis sits down with staff writer Gal Beckerman and arts and culture editor Dan Friedman to discuss the anniversary of an important milestone in the Soviet Jewry movement, and the efforts in Israel to rename Turkish coffee in the wake of the flotilla debacle.Read More

Yid Lit: Emily Gould

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Whether she meant to or not, 28-year-old Emily Gould has become something of a poster child for a life lived openly online. As an editor at the online magazine, Gawker, she documented the comings and goings of New York media elite, and on her personal blog, she wrote about dating, cheating and searching for love. She is the author of a new memoir which combines those subjects called “And the Heart Says Whatever.”Read More

Reporters' Roundtable: Sporting Edition

This week, reporter Josh Nathan-Kazis sits down with editor Jane Eisner and arts and culture editor Dan Friedman for a special sporting edition of the Reporters’ Roundtable. Topics include the recent Yankee Stadium slugfest featuring Jewish boxer (and rabbi-in-training) Yuri Foreman and the ongoing World Cup. Roundtable guests discuss whether boxing is permissible according to Jewish law, the legacy of Israel’s most famous soccer referee, and why the term “Jewish athlete” is no oxymoron.Read More

Reporters' Roundtable: The Flotilla Fallout

The fallout from Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla is the subject of this week’s Forward Reporters’ Roundtable. Reporter Josh-Nathan Kazis, staff writer Gal Beckerman and news editor Larry Cohler-Esses explore whether or not the American Jewish communal response to the incident proves Peter Beinart’s thesis. They also discuss J Street’s reaction to the raid and if Israel’s recent use of force can be separated from the debate over the Gaza blockade.Read More

Yid Lit: Julie Orringer

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

In this week’s Yid Lit podcast, host Allison Gaudet Yarrow sits down with author Julie Orringer. Her new novel “The Invisible Bridge” serves as a reminder that in a field as crowded as artistic representations of the Holocaust there is always something new to say, so long as there are individual stories to tell. The narrative, a follow-up to her celebrated story collection, “How to Breathe Underwater” takes the Hungarian Shoah for its backdrop.Read More

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