Articles written by Eric Berger

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 By Eric Berger    Features    July 14, 2023

'The Lesson,' a gripping drama from Israel, casts spotlight on thorny social issues straight from the headlines

There are so many elements to unpack in the extraordinary Israeli drama “The Lesson” — which is based on a true story and won the best series award at the Cannes International Series Festival...

 By Eric Berger    Features    March 17, 2023

How one special Pink Day helps save and support cancer patients

When Rachel Wojnilower was an undergraduate at American University in Washington, D.C., she did all kinds of activities with her Jewish sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. Now 36, Wojnilower has let most of...

 By Eric Berger    News    January 22, 2021

These are the steps Jewish institutions are taking to secure themselves against possible attacks

(JTA) — When someone threw rocks a couple months ago at the doors of a Chabad center in Atlanta, the glass didn’t shatter. That’s because earlier in the year, local Chabad leaders decided to reevaluate their security following an incident with...

 By Eric Berger    News    July 10, 2020

Retooled approach for special-ed students brings surprising results during distancing era

When Racheli Friedbauer, now 11, was enrolled four years ago in a Jewish special education program, it changed her life. Due to a rare genetic disorder, Racheli has developmental delays and some...

 By Eric Berger    Features    May 1, 2020

These Jewish teens are mentoring girls in science and powering tiny houses for the homeless

By Eric Berger Growing up in Los Angeles, Elyse Forman always tried to take the highest-level science courses she could, like A.P. physics and chemistry.  Forman often found she was the only female... Full story

 By Eric Berger    News    March 29, 2019

Orthodox-run cemetery OKs area for cremated remains, burial of non-Jewish family members

ST. LOUIS (St. Louis Jewish Light via JTA)-A Jewish cemetery in a suburb here has opened a section for the burial of cremated remains and will allow for the burial of non-Jewish, immediate family... Full story

 By Eric Berger    News    August 29, 2014

Jewish student assaulted at Temple University

PHILADELPHIA (Jewish Exponent) — Hillel, the campus student group, is expressing “outrage” over an attack on a Jewish student at Temple University on Wednesday and is calling on the university to ensure the safety of its Jewish students. At... Full story

 By Eric Berger    Features    May 17, 2013

Curb your expectations: Essman is no Susie Greene

PHILADELPHIA—When comedian Susie Essman meets fans and is nice and gracious to them, they are often visibly disappointed. What they really want, she says, is Susie Greene, Larry David’s nemesis on... Full story


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