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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.Read More


Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit

By Jeffrey Shandler

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


Lithuania Tries to Heal Rift Over Holocaust

By Paul Berger

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.Read More


Lithuanian Official's Attendance at YIVO Concert Is Uncertain

By Paul Berger

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.Read More


Holocaust Survivors Angry About YIVO's Invitation to Lithuanian

By Paul Berger

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?Read More


Yiddish a Mixed Bag at Jewish Schools Worldwide

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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.Read More


Bryna Wasserman Picked To Lead National Jewish Theater

By Ezra Glinter

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.Read More


In New Square, Arson Attack Highlights Religious Rift

By Andrew Tobin

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.Read More


Gus Tyler, Labor Leader and Longtime Forward Columnist, Is Dead at 99

By Jonathan Tilove

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.Read More


What Is Really Happening in New Square?

By Shulem Deen

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.Read More





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