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Jack Wertheimer

Jack Wertheimer

Jack Wertheimer is a professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

The so-called ultra-Orthodox may be the most recognizable Jews by virtue of their distinctive garb, but they continue to be the least-known actors on the...

A chasm separates the Orthodox from other American Jews—or so we are told. Orthodox Jews marry younger, have considerably larger families, and provide their children...

“The New York Jew” is an enduring American archetype that comes in many guises: as the secular cosmopolitan with decidedly left-wing political tastes, as the...

In the past two decades, the vocabulary of American Jewish life has undergone a profound transformation. The evidence is all around us: in books promoting...

The nexus between Jews and money, a topic of perennial curiosity for philo-Semites and anti-Semites alike, has drawn renewed interest during the economic downturn. With...

Reporting on the state of American Jewish relations with Israel, Time ran a headline announcing “The Diaspora’s Discontent.” For its part, Newsweek saw fit to...

It is by now a well-documented fact that liberal Protestant denominations in the United States have fallen on hard times. In the mainline churches that...

Conservative Judaism, a movement situated at the center of the religious spectrum between Orthodoxy and the various versions of liberal Judaism, was in the news...

In memory of Charles S. Liebman Hosting Mikhail Gorbachev at their first summit in Washington, D.C. in December 1987, Ronald Reagan regaled his guest with a...

Not long ago, a Manhattan rabbi stunned his congregants by informing them that the future of the Jewish people would be secured not through trips...

Six decades after the Holocaust, a new wave of anti-Semitism has swept the globe, spearheaded by radical Muslims in the Middle East and Europe but...