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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?”

Pamela Geller Vows To Repeat Muhammed Caricature Event After Attack — Pamela Geller is vowing to push ahead with another event showcasing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed - even after radical gunmen attacked the first one. "We feel compelled to hold another event to demonstrate that we refuse to be silenced by violent intimidation," Geller, one of the organizers of the May 3 event in Garland, Texas, told the Forward.

Pamela Geller's Strident Voice Sparks Debate - and Violence — Pamela Geller has long been written off by mainstream critics as an Islamophobic crackpot. But Geller, whose anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, was attacked by gunmen May 3, has had wide-ranging impact, galvanizing opposition to a proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in Manhattan and forcing city transport agencies to run inflammatory ads denouncing Muslims with a broad brush.

Yeshiva U. Loses $84M as Fiscal Woes Snowball — The bottom line just keeps getting uglier for cash-strapped Yeshiva University. The flagship Modern Orthodox school ran an operating deficit of $84 million in fiscal year 2014, according to its latest audited financial statements. That's the seventh year in a row that Y.U.

When It Comes to Kidney Donation, What Is Altruism? — What is altruism? If I donate one of my kidneys to a stranger after reading about her health struggle in a newspaper, am I acting altruistically? Or is my donation only an altruistic act if I allow doctors to decide whom to give my kidney to?

Can an Orthodox Charity Help Save Lives in This Man's Church? — David Sarna's problem began a little more than 20 years ago with an ear infection. While they were examining him, doctors discovered he had high blood pressure and a small amount of kidney damage. For Sarna, who was in his early 40s, it was the first inkling of kidney disease.

Germany Seeks Compensation for $57M Holocaust Fraud — Ever since the world's leading Holocaust charity discovered a massive insider fraud in 2009, its leaders have insisted that German taxpayers, rather than needy Holocaust survivors, had to foot the bill. But a letter obtained by the Forward suggests that politicians within the German Parliament want the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to compensate for the $57 million that was lost.

A Cherokee Passover Tale? — While researching the first Jew to die in the Revolutionary War, Paul Berger uncovered a strange and perhaps apocryphal tale. Was the signal to prevent Indian attacks called a Passover pole?

New York City Changes Policy on Controversial Circumcision Rite — New York City mohels suspected of infecting babies with herpes during a controversial circumcision rite will have to undergo DNA testing, according to a tentative agreement announced today between the city and ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Kosher Stamp of Approval — Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State - but only on doctor's orders. Rabbi Moshe Elefant, head of the Orthodox Union's kosher certification agency, said he has held "preliminary discussions" with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

Why Yeshiva Is Only University Out of 92 With $1 Billion Endowment To Lose Value - — Fiscal Crisis Drains Fund by 8% Last Year By Paul Berger Ninety-two universities in North America have endowments of more than $1 billion. Yeshiva University's was the only one that shrank last year. Y.U.'s endowment fell $90 million, from $1.18 billion to $1.09 billion, according to an annual survey by Commonfund and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
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May 22, 2015

RT @leedsrhinos: Kevin Sinfield now Rugby League's 3rd greatest points scorer in the sports 120th year

May 19, 2015

I almost emailed Steven Winter instead of Steven Snow.

May 18, 2015

All nut grafs should be killed. That is all.

May 14, 2015

Prince Charles's letters reveal "a plaintive sigh of woe at a world going to the dogs."…

May 13, 2015

Thank god for Seymour "I don’t mean to yell at you but I feel good doing it" Hersh.…

May 13, 2015

RT @nickbilton: For years I've struggled to find the point of owning print books in a digital world. And then my mother passed away:

May 13, 2015

@nickbilton beautiful piece, Nick. I (mostly) ditched my Kindle for print books about a year ago. Haven't looked back.

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