WHERE ARE TODAY’S HESCHELS?: Luminaries look back on the legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel on the centennial of his birth. The New York Jewish Week was on the scene.
Also in the Jewish Week: A new downtown home for Makor — the pioneering Upper West Side cultural institution — is delayed; and upstart rabbinical seminary Yeshivat Chovevei Torah challenges the Orthodox establishment.
‘HORRID GENERATION’: Jason Maoz, senior editor at Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Press (and baseball fanatic), hates baby boomers.
IRANIAN JEWS INTERMARRY (SORT OF): The L.A. Jewish Journal’s Persian-beat reporter Karmel Melamed writes that the area’s once-insular Iranian-Jewish community is growing increasingly accepting of intermarriage — to other Jews.
TO OFFICIATE OR NOT TO OFFICIATE?: The Baltimore Jewish Times touches base with area rabbis on the touchy topic of whether or not to officiate at interfaith weddings.
ON THE LINE: The Cleveland Jewish News sits down with Browns reserve offensive lineman Lennie Friedman and learns that while he’s very proud of his Jewish heritage, he’d still slam his body into other large men on Yom Kippur.
HOME SICK: The St. Louis Jewish Light has the latest on the sorry saga of its city’s Jewish nursing home, which is now trying to avoid foreclosure. (Incidentally, I reported on the roots of the home’s troubles four years ago for the Forward. I guess the folks warning that the home was digging itself into a financial hole turned out to be correct, alas.)
STOP THE PRESSES: Detroit Jewish News editor Robert Sklar slams the University of Michigan Press because it serves as a distributor for a left-wing British press that’s putting out Joel Kovel’s “Overcoming Zionism: Creating A Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine.”
DECEMBER DILEMMA: The latest battle in the so-called “War on Christmas” took place at Missouri State University, where there was a kerfuffle over a Christmas tree display. Now the state’s governor has weighed in strongly, and The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle doesn’t appreciate what he had to say.
GOD-LESS IN SEATTLE: Lori Lipman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, chats with Seattle’s Jewish Transcript about her work in D.C. and being a Humanistic Jew.
HANUKKAH IN ANTARCTICA: James Fox reports for London’s Jewish Chronicle en route to the South Pole. He couldn’t bring his menorah with him on the sled, but, he writes, “I had Chanucah in mind.”
Also in the J.C.: The respected Times of London gets its first-ever Jewish editor; and a financial-services big wig gets his nose broken at a soccer game between two Jewish clubs after reportedly being punched and head-butted by another player. (Talk about sinat chinam!)
ANTI-ANTI-ISRAEL STUDENTS: A survey finds that students at two Toronto universities with active anti-Israel boycott movements overwhelmingly don’t think their schools should shun the Jewish state. The Canadian Jewish News has the story. (More on the survey’s findings can be found here.)