Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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The Middle East Forum, the Philadelphia-based research institute headed by scholar and opinion columnist Daniel Pipes, has just launched an Education Fund, which seeks to support institutions and researchers whose specialty is the Middle East, and particularly those whose focus centers on radical Islam. The new fund is made possible through anonymous grants, according to a press release. The forum...
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This would appear to be the season of the Psalms. A recent flurry of books about these impassioned expressions of religious feeling -- the trend began last fall with scholar Robert Alter's reworking of the artful prayers -- has recently been added to by a lovingly produced volume from Philadelphia's own Jewish Publication Society titled I Will Wake the Dawn:...
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Israel learns that going green isn't just for the birds
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As the sun dips behind the Ramat Naftali Mountain range, beginning to draw with it what's left of the light in the Upper Galilee, we set off to see the cranes. Our group, mostly journalists from around the world, are being led out into the middle of the broad Hula Valley by the steady pull of a battered old tractor...
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His professional career fairly parallels the history of the Jewish state from its inception. Famed photographer David Rubinger, though born in Vienna in 1924, came to pre-state Palestine in 1939, barely escaping after the Nazi Anschluss, or annexation, of Austria (his parents' fate was different and very complicated). After working on two kibbutzim and serving in the British Army's Jewish...
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Media Clippings
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Even as newspaper-lovers continue buying their favorite publications each morning and pouring over them during their commutes, the news emanating from the industry is dour indeed. An article in the Feb. 7 New York Times had nothing but bad news from the headline on down (and this was before real recession fears had set in). "Paper Cuts" was the article's...
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Profile

Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.

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