Issue 20

Friday, May 15, 2015

Local News

CJS program on May 21 to explore “J.P. Morgan and German Jewish American Bankers”

The third lecture of the College of Jewish Studies series on “Jews from Main Street to Wall Street” will be delivered by Susie J. Pak, an associate professor of history at St. John’s University, New York City.

Esserman wins Syracuse Press Club Award

Rabbi Rachel Esserman, executive editor of The Reporter, received second place in the all print editorial category of the Syracuse Press Club Awards for her opinion piece “Unacceptable treatment.”

Israel News

“Tikkun Olam Makers” turn technology into solutions for people with disabilities

From cyber-security to medicine to agriculture, Israeli innovators are coming up with ideas that make life safer, easier and more efficient.

Can Netanyahu make new narrow coalition work?

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Seven weeks after he won re-election, Benjamin Netanyahu finally secured a fourth term as prime minister.

National News

Former Met Council exec sentenced, last of six co-conspirators in $9 million scheme

David Cohen, the former executive director of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to one year in jail for his role in a $9 million embezzlement scheme against the Jewish nonprofit.

Features

Book review: Reference works for readers and collectors

A friend once asked if I read or skimmed the books I review. He seemed a bit disappointed when I said I read them. Then I did note one exception: Some works aren’t really meant to be read, but studied. So, for these books, I usually read the introductions and skim through the material. The books in this review are really reference/study works, books that collectors like to have on their shelves and read/use in classes or to consult when they have a question.

Opinion

My message to the man who attacked me at the Kotel

(JTA) – On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s holiest site.

Facebook and politics

Even thought the next presidential election won’t be held until 2016, numerous politicians have already declared their candidacy. The potential number showing interest in running is staggering and it doesn’t seem worth learning about all of them, since many will fall out of the race long before the New York state primaries. One place it’s getting difficult to ignore politics, though, is Facebook.

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