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Staff Writer — Jewish Daily Forward

Staff writer @jdforward. Occasional contributor elsewhere. Co-author/contributing editor of 8 books. Email

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2012 - Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
“Exposing sex abuse in the Orthodox community."

Society of Professional Journalists Award

2011 - Reporting by Newspaper with a Circulation under 100,000
“Where’s Washington’s Letter?”

Ukraine’s Election Results Are Good for the Jews - But What Comes Next? — Ukraine's parliamentary election delivered a stinging rebuttal to Russia's claims that this year's pro-Western revolution was galvanized by fascism and anti-Semitism. Far-right and nationalist parties, long singled out by Russia as prime evidence of the revolution's extremist character, suffered a series of stunning setbacks.

Savannah Congregation Defies Board, Votes Yes to Controversial Rabbi — A controversial Savannah rabbi may retain his pulpit for another three years, despite the synagogue board's recommendation that his contract not be renewed. Savannah's Congregation Agudath Achim voted 132 to 53, with two abstentions, to keep Rabbi Ruven Barkan in a secret ballot held October 19.

Yeshiva U. Reports First Sexual Assault On Campus in 12 Years - But Says Little Else — For the first time in 12 years, Yeshiva University has reported a sexual assault on campus. Reporting such a crime might seem a breakthrough for the university, which has been accused of covering up abuse in the past, but the school still refuses to say how it investigates student allegations of sexual assault.

Man Suspected of Attacking Jewish Leader at Brooklyn Nets Game Arrested — The man suspected of punching a Jewish communal leader in Brooklyn has been arrested. Shawn Schraeder, 25, was taken into custody in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday. He was brought back to Brooklyn, where he is now awaiting arraignment. He is not being charged with a hate crime as police do not believe bias was a motive, ABC reported.

The End-of-Life Battle Over Jewish Souls — Sylvia Sodden lay on life support in a critical care room in Brooklyn when her health care proxy made the hardest choice: He decided to end her life. But before any machines could be unplugged, her relatives turned to Chayim Aruchim, a program that helps ultra-Orthodox Jews navigate end-of-life care.

YIVO Hopes To Digitize Lithuania Archives - But Where Is the Cash?

Jewish Professors Hit Back Against Pro-Israel Campus 'Blacklist' — ADAM GLANZMAN/MICHIGAN DAILY A Jewish advocacy group is warning students about 218 Middle East studies professors in colleges and universities across the country whose classes might contain "anti-Israel bias, or possibly even antisemitic rhetoric." The AMCHA Initiative singled out the professors because, during the conflict between Israel and Hamas this past summer, they signed a petition calling for an academic boycott of Israel.

Joel Levy Set To Be Named Center for Jewish History Chief — Non-Profit Exec's Appointment Expected This Week Joel Levy, a former official at the Anti-Defamation League, is poised to become the new top executive at the Center for Jewish History, the Forward has learned. Levy's appointment to run the Manhattan institution is expected to be approved at a meeting of the Center's board later this week, according to several well-placed sources at the Center.

Does Carrying a Gun to Synagogue Make It Safer or More Dangerous? - — Does Carrying a Gun to Synagogue Make It Safer or More Dangerous? Why Some Jews Have Lox With a Side of Glocks By Paul Berger Is the person next to you in shul packing heat? If you live in a state with permissive gun laws, the answer might be yes.

Yeshiva University Victims Appeal Over Heads of Appeals Court Panel — Lawyer Accuses Judges of 'Blatant Abuse of Judicial Power' A group of former students who say they were sexually abused at Yeshiva University High School for Boys have asked a full federal appeals court to reconsider a smaller judicial panel's ruling that upheld the dismissal of their lawsuit.
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