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Winding Road from ‘Casablanca’

By Jon Kalish

Playwright Michelanne Forster stumbled onto her family’s real-life Hollywood drama. Her grandfather directed ‘Casablanca’ and relatives hid their Jewish roots for years.Read More


The Magenta Yenta, All the Young Hawks

Staffers discuss the out-of-nowhere rise of Mindy Meyer to trending celebrity status and a wellspring of young Jewish conservative writers.Read More


Jewish Olympians, Are the Settlements Legal?

This week: Americans confront an Israeli report proclaiming there’s no occupation, Jewish athletes to watch in the Olympics and learning Yiddish on the farm.Read More


Heartland Western Wall, Face-Off Over Bucky Shvitz

Eli Valley and Paul Berger face off over Eli’s latest comic and Naomi Zeveloff reports on an anti-abortion group’s hopes to build a faux Western Wall in Wichita, Kan.Read More


Can Women Have it All? Poverty in East Jerusalem

Staffers discuss why East Jerusalem is suffering from its worst-ever economic tailspin. Plus editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and Elissa Strauss talk about how women balance work and family.Read More


Caterpillar Woes, Israel in New York Primaries

Staffers discuss a pension giant’s decision to sell stock in Caterpillar, and how the issue of Israel played out in this week’s primary elections in New York.Read More


African Immigrants, Poverty by Choice, Lipa's Latest

Forward staffers discuss Americans’ reaction to Israel’s anti-immigrant crackdown, the tricky question of ‘voluntary’ poverty and new releases from Woody Allen and Lipa Schmeltzer.Read More


Keep Putin Out of Israel, 'Halachic Infertility'

This week staffers discuss why Israel should cancel Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit; Orthodox women rendered infertile because of Jewish law; a new survey of New York Jews.Read More


Uncertainty in Tunisia, Jewish Crypt Tales

Staffers discuss how Tunisian Jews are faring after the Arab Spring revolution, why Mayor Bloomberg is right to ban sugary drinks and the gruesome problems of Jewish cemeteries.Read More


Jews Face Special Risks, Napolitano Says

By Nathan Guttman

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says Jews face special security risks and defends a controversial grant program in a meeting with Forward staff.Read More





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