ATTACK AFTERMATH: The New York Jewish Week gauges the state of interethnic relations in the ultra-Orthodox stronghold of Lakewood, N.J., following a brutal attack on a rabbi.
MORE JEWS, PLEASE: Pennsylvania’s Franklin & Marshall College tries to up its Jewish enrollment, Brooklyn’s Jewish Press reports.
GO GONZO: New York’s Rabbi Niles Goldstein explains his “gonzo Judaism” philosophy in an interview with the Baltimore Jewish Times.
WAHOO PRO-CON: Many Native Americans consider Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo to be offensive. The Cleveland Jewish News asks area Jews to weigh in.
OUT OF AFRICA: A leader of Uganda’s Abayudaya Jews comes to Seattle to speak about his community, the Jewish Transcript reports.
AND THE WINNER IS…: Bonnie Rosen has been selected as Kansas City’s “Challah Superstar.” She told The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle that she was “surprised and pleased” to have won the contest.
HIPPIES REJECT BOYCOTT: Ann Arbor’s food coop has rejected a proposed boycott of Israeli goods. The Detroit Jewish News has the story.
TAKING CHARGE: Stanley Gold says L.A.’s Jewish community federation is “largely irrelevant” — and he’s the federation’s new chairman. The Jewish Journal speaks with the self-described “monomaniac on a mission.”
HA HA HABONIM: London’s Jewish Chronicle picks up on topic that the Forward has been interested in for awhile: Why are members of the Habonim Zionist youth movement — which counts Sacha Baron Cohen and Seth Rogen as alumni — so funny? “The spirit of the kibbutz movement, the anarchic and improvised way that they all entertained themselves — that informed the whole thing,” explains film and stage director Mike Leigh.
Also in the J.C.: The litigious David Irving threatens to sue the J.C. for calling him a Holocaust denier, to which the paper responds: Bring it on! Also, dovish Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua says: Let my people stay (in the West Bank under Palestinian sovereignty in the event of a peace treaty).
CHOIR BOY: Yidcore’s Bram Presser gets stage fright — during Rosh Hashanah services. The punk rocker who’s not afraid of asking a gang of skinheads to recite the Chanukah prayer talks about his panic attack in the Australian Jewish news.