Advocate of Strict Conversions in Sexual Scandal

A key proponent of the successful campaign for stricter conversions in Israel and around the world has resigned from a senior post, and has not denied rumors of a conversion scandal of his own.

Solidarity: Andrea Rae Markowicz holds a Torah at a women?s service in Manhattan.

Oren Asks for Inquiry on Wall Arrest

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren blamed his own government for giving him an “incomplete” report recently that led to his giving Jewish leaders an inaccurate account of a Conservative woman’s detention at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

If You Will It?: Steven Goldstein in his New Jersey office, with a print of Theodor Herzl on the wall.

Rabbinical Student Heads Up the Fight For Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Steven Goldstein jokes that his office in suburban New Jersey is “like the Jewish Museum of Montclair.” A sage-looking rabbi peers down from a lithograph on one wall, and a print of Theodor Herzl hangs from another. There are a Hebrew movie poster and a mezuza.

Mosque Arson Victims Have Low Hopes

The recent arson attack on a Palestinian mosque brought international attention, and solidarity from unusual quarters, to this quiet West Bank farming community. But now that rabbinic visitors have dried up, and Israeli politicians are done condemning the incident, villagers fear that the crime will go unsolved, much like the crimes they say preceded the December 11 attack.

Advocates for Elderly Succeed in Pushing for Nursing Home Insurance

Jewish advocates for the elderly breathed a sigh of relief as both the Senate and the House of Representatives included a provision for creating a voluntary long-term care health insurance program in their respective versions of health care reform legislation.