News and Politics

Reporters' Roundtable: Fayyad, College Presidents

Forward editor Jane Eisner discusses her interview with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and staffers talk about how Jewish college presidents are handling the Israel debate.

Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit

It is hard to imagine the world without Adrienne Cooper. She enriched life for decades with thrilling song, wise words, and trenchant humor.

Lithuania Tries to Heal Rift Over Holocaust

Lithuania announced a plan to showcase its Jewish heritage at a YIVO event. The moves didn’t satisfy critics, who accuse the Baltic nation of whitewashing its involvement in the Holocaust.

Lithuanian Official's Attendance at YIVO Concert Is Uncertain

It’s unclear whether Lithuania’s foreign minister will attend a YIVO event. The function has become a flashpoint between the Baltic nation and world Jewry.

Holocaust Survivors Angry About YIVO's Invitation to Lithuanian Official

YIVO has invited the Lithuanian foreign minister to an upcoming event. Is the Jewish research group whitewashing the Baltic nation’s mixed record on the Holocaust?

Dwindling Number: A student at Sholem Aleichem College in Melbourne, Australia, one of the few non-Orthodox schools where Yiddish is a key part of the curriculum.

Yiddish a Mixed Bag at Jewish Schools Worldwide

For some Jewish day schools, there is no teaching Yiddishkeit without Yiddish. Buoyed by the Yiddish renaissance of the past two decades, which has produced an increased interest in university Yiddish programs, a renewed interest in Yiddish theater and even the advent of Yiddish heavy metal bands, these schools have held steadfast to their Yiddishist roots and missions.

Enthused: In July, Wasserman will take over New York?s oldest Yiddish theater company.

Bryna Wasserman Picked To Lead National Jewish Theater

In late June, the National Yiddish Theatre — Folksbiene announced that Bryna Wasserman, formerly the head of Montreal’s Segal Centre for Performing Arts, will take over as executive director, joining the Folksbiene’s artistic director Zalmen Mlotek. The appointment comes as the Folksbiene finishes its 96th season and begins preparations for its 100th anniversary, in 2015.

New Square: Where Tradition and the Rebbe Rule

When a New Square resident was badly injured in a recent arson attack, police called it an isolated incident; now law enforcement may be changing its tune.

Labor Leader, Forward Writer Gus Tyler

Gus Tyler, a left-leaning labor activist and a longtime Forward columnist — he first joined the newspaper in 1932 — is remembered. Tyler died June 3 at age 99.

What Is Really Happening in New Square?

A former yeshiva student in New Square weighs in on what’s behind the recent attempted firebombing that left a dissident member of the community with severe burns on more than half of his body.