Stephen G. Bloom

Iowa's Fields of Midwestern Jewish Dreams

Synagogues in rural Iowa are few and far between. But if you happen to stumble upon one, you might be surprised at what you find.

Postville: Slaughterhouse Slum

How did former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin — convicted of financial fraud and sentenced in June to 27 years in prison — end up in such a sorry mess? And how did the company he ran, once the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the world, help transform the rural community of Postville, Iowa, into a slaughterhouse slum?