About Benjamin Weiner

Benjamin Weiner is a Boston-based writer, and Reconstructionist rabbi.

Stop Blaming Hebrew School

By January 7, 2010

My weekly unsolicited email from Shalom TV, "America’s Jewish Television Cable Network," informs me that Michael Steinhardt, philanthropist provocateur, in a recent "rare, personal interview," launched into a tirade against non-Orthodox American Jewish education. Hebrew school, argued the hedge-fund tycoon … Read More

Ada Yonath: Israel’s First Female Nobelist

By October 14, 2009

Last week, Weizmann Institute scientist Ada Yonath was named a co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, making her the first Israeli woman to win any version of the award (the prestige of which is actually rather astounding given … Read More

Surprise, It’s New Jewish Media

By May 12, 2009

For several years, I’ve had a writing relationship with Pakn Treger, the magazine of the National Yiddish Book Center.  This began a while back as a steady gig profiling celebrated Yiddish writers of the past, and offering my own brief … Read More

Jewish Organizations in the New Economy: The Boston Hebrew College (Part Two)

By February 4, 2009

Read the first half of this post here. Atkins, a board member for the past six years, assumed the chairmanship last summer in a leadership shuffle that included Gordis’s early retirement, part of a move to bring more business acumen … Read More

Jewish Organizations in the New Economy: The Boston Hebrew College (Part One)

By February 2, 2009

After 88 years of autonomy, money problems are forcing the Boston Hebrew College to consider a merger, a development that speaks volumes about changing patterns in American Jewish life. The Federation-sponsored College was founded in 1921 to train Hebrew teachers for a supplementary school … Read More