Day school teacher a suspect of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents of child sexual abuse. According to police, Rabbi Nisson Friedman, 26, who is well connected in the local Jewish community and is the son of an… Read More

Arizona Jewish day school teacher resigns after tweeting hate

A third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school in Scottsdale, Ariz., resigned Monday after suggesting on Twitter that immigrants should be shot. In response to the image of a man holding a sign that said “deport illegal aliens,” Bonnie Verne, who had taught at Pardes Jewish Day School for 12 years, tweeted on Feb. 18,… Read More

JCC theater camps put kids center stage

Last summer, Isabelle Goodweather played the court jester in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the end-of-session production at the theater camp of the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington. Isabelle, a fourth grader at Sheridan School in Washington, plans to be back at theater camp this summer. “It’s very fun,” she said. “You get to understand what people… Read More

An ode to ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham and modern Jewish neuroticism

The HBO series “Girls” may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation — but as it enters its sixth and final season, it remains relevant in many ways. “Girls” debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena Dunham was 24 — and became the kind of smash success fueled… Read More

Trump and Netanyahu: The mixed messages of a diplomatic lovefest

One state. Flexibility. Two states. Hold back on settlements. Stop Iran. When President Donald Trump met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: What a press conference! But wait. In the Age of Trump, every post-event analysis requires a double take. Not so much “did he mean what he said?” – he appears to mean it, in real… Read More

Advocate: Special-needs students face ‘issue of parity’

Liane Kupferberg Carter and her family know what it feels like to be singled out. When she and her husband, Marc, attended the bar mitzvah of a neighbor’s child, the boy spoke about his community service at the Alternative League, a local sports league designed for children with developmental disabilities, in which the Carters’ son… Read More

Amid mixed messages, LGBT community strains to grasp Trump’s views

The LGBT community, which in recent years has made strides in marriage equality and workplace protections, is struggling to understand how its members will fare under President Donald Trump’s administration. That is largely because they are not hearing a clear message from the new administration, they said. Trump made LGBT groups anxious during his election… Read More

After much prodding, Trump condemns anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism on Tuesday, a day after bomb threats were made to 11 Jewish community centers across the country and a large-scale cemetery was vandalized in the St. Louis area. Under pressure to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of what has been called a rise in incidents since he was elected, Trump… Read More

Drones, zip lines, drip irrigation, coming to camps this summer

What’s new for kids going to area camps this summer? Camps today are constantly refining the experiences by tapping into niche interests, like 3D modeling and drones, or bringing back classic games like four square with a new twist. Here are six summer camps that have big plans for 2017. Camp Shoresh Adamstown, Md. Camp… Read More

Perlman Camp announces fund for teen leadership program

The B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pa., announced the creation of the Sheila L. Berner Memorial Fund this month, which will invest $250,000 into the camp’s teen leadership program during the next three years. The camp’s teen leadership program, for 16- and 17-year-old campers, aims to “to help our kids grow into responsible… Read More

Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies

Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Thursday, three protestors from IfNotNow were arrested after disrupting the Senate confirmation hearing of David Friedman, the Trump organization’s bankruptcy lawyer who… Read More

Israeli Stage tackles tough issues in translation

Guy Ben-Aharon wants to change the cultural conversation in the United States. He’s doing it by bringing Israeli plays to diverse audiences, both within the Jewish community and beyond. Theater, he believes, can facilitate dialogue, introduce new ideas, and open viewers’ minds. “The power of theater is a shared emotional experience. You get into a… Read More

True to his school, attorney Lewin to be honored

Washington attorney Nathan Lewin won’t admit it, but when it comes to languages and the law, he’s a natural. That much was clear to Daniel Chill, a friend of Lewin’s all the way back to Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York, where they met. Chill, 80, called Lewin an “English literature maven”… Read More