These were the most popular stories on The NY Jewish Week in 2015:
ONE: Spiritual Journey
Howard Stern’s Daughter Discloses Religious Identity
Her father is a notorious radio personality; she once performed in the nude; but now, she would rather be studying Torah. Artist and actress Emily Stern is an observant Jew.
TWO: Sauna Rabbi Scandal
Riverdale’s ‘Open Secret’ Goes Public
Congregants divided on Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s invitations to young men to join him in sauna.
THREE: The Agunah Crisis
Leading Rabbi Deals Big Blow To Agunah Court
YU’s Schachter dismisses beit din solution as battle continues in Centrist/Modern Orthodox community.
FOUR: The Year of Amy Schumer
Confessions Of Amy Schumer’s Childhood Rabbi
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, RNS
From 1988 to 1995, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin was Amy Schumer’s—along with a slew of other Jewish comedy figures—rabbi, at Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Centre, New York.
FIVE: YU Developments
YU Faculty Votes ‘No Confidence’ In President Joel
Yeshiva University faculty and students take unprecedented step to call attention to school’s “refusal to take responsibility” for financial woes.
SIX: Special Report
BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network
Campus groups press anti-Israel message with seemingly little money, but gain leverage with allies. A special investigative report.
SEVEN: The Cost Of Living
Modern Orthodoxy Has Its Costs – Not Just Financial
When cost of living pushes $300,000, what else is sacrificed?
Birth Control, Jewish Law Collide At Stern
Rare Forum On Contraception in Jewish Law Draws A Crowd At Stern—And Pushback.
NINE: Investigative Report With WNYC
12-Hour School Day, But Can’t Do Math
Hella Winston and Amy Sara Clark
Inside the uphill battle to improve secular education in chasidic yeshivas.
TEN: Breaking Rank
Conservative Rabbis Break Ranks, Rip Bibi On Arab Comments
RA becomes first major Jewish group to criticize Likud leader’s election day rhetoric; Netanyahu defends statements on MSNBC.