Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
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I don't really understand the persistence of the end-of-the-year tradition of Top 10 lists. I find them worthless, for the most part, especially these days, when they seem like just another extension of the ga-ga celebrity culture, and not even a half-hearted attempt at separating the wheat from the chafe. Of course, I do understand why these lists of the...
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Last week, I wrote about an established holiday tradition: The practice among the large newsweeklies of turning to religious subjects at the end of the year, and often considering the "real" or "historic" Jesus, which generally means an examination of his Jewish roots. But it seems there was another holiday convention going on, also journalistic, but much newer -- and...
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A touch of sadness clings to The Company They Kept , an otherwise joyous collection of essays by some of the world's best writers, in which they recount "unforgettable friendships" they've been blessed with. The sadness stems from the fact that this would appear to be the last book project that Robert B. Silvers and Barbara Epstein worked on. All...
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It's not unusual at the end of the year for the large-circulation news weeklies to turn to religious subjects in advance of the holidays. Both U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek did so in their Dec. 18 editions. The cover of U.S. News read: "In Search of the Real Jesus: New research questions whether he was more teacher than...
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Critic Clement Greenberg visited Syracuse often
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Clement Greenberg's name is not one that resonates these days with readers, except possibly among connoisseurs of the art world. But in the 1940s and '50s, he was one of the great cultural brokers in the United States, determining, with a word or a phrase, whose reputations rose or sank in the American art world. He commanded this power from...
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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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