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  • Meet the 90-year-old great-grandmother who is the new face of JDate

    Elaine Durbach|Feb 9, 2018

    WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-If Bea Slater had ever been a shrinking violet, her sudden celebrity might be uncomfortable. At 90, the great-grandmother has her image plastered on billboards and bus shelters up and down Manhattan and in Brooklyn. There's even one on the roof above Junior's, the famous cheesecake place. Along with three other women nearly as old as she, she has become the face of JDate, the Jewish matchmaking site. They're not poster girls for senior dating.... Full story

  • Good Reads: How Hank Greenberg took on Hitler in the summer of 1938

    Elaine Durbach|Jun 9, 2017

    WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-With a lifetime of loving and writing about sports, Ron Kaplan has many topics he can sink his teeth into. Add to that passion his time working for the American Jewish Congress and then for nearly a decade for the New Jersey Jewish News, and you can see why his publisher saw him as the perfect guy to tackle the subject of his new book. "Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War" (Sports Publishing, 2017) is about the Jewish... Full story

  • Why Bubbe, what big teeth you have!

    Elaine Durbach, New Jersey Jewish News|Aug 9, 2013

    Seeing the green scaly skin and long snouts on the characters, you might not guess at first that Ed Shankman’s latest book is about a child’s visit to his grandmother in the Sunshine State—inspired, in fact, by his own two Jewish bubbes, one assimilated and sophisticated, the other the embodiment of Yiddishkeit to her core. “Both these women were amazingly influential in my life, taught me all kinds of stuff, and showered me with unconditional love and appreciation,” he told N.J. Jewish Ne... Full story

  • Making Israel's case in the Instagram age

    Elaine Durbach, New Jersey Jewish News|Jul 5, 2013

    David Baker doesn’t exactly agree that he has the toughest job in Israel, but he doesn’t deny it either. As the media front man for the Prime Minister’s Office, that kind of ducking and weaving comes with the territory, but Baker—a New Yorker by birth and rearing—can take it. “I’m from the boroughs—I’m a cool New Yorker,” he said, half-kidding, on a recent phone interview from Jerusalem, a few days before heading to the United States for one of his frequent visits. Baker, the senior foreign... Full story

  • In search of Yiddishkeit in Norway

    Elaine Durbach, New Jersey Jewish News|Jun 21, 2013

    The most common response I received when I told people that I was going to Norway this spring on a trip for Jewish journalists was “Why?” Follow-ups included, “Are there any Jews there?” and, occasionally, “Aren’t they anti-Semitic?” I had no answers. In truth, those were not far from my initial responses too. The fact is there’s been very little talk of Norway in the American-Jewish community for a long time—and that’s precisely why this trip was organized. It was a joint venture between Jos... Full story