Family Silver: Plymouth Hebrew synagogue in England plans to auction its rare collection of religious ornaments, including the Torah finials and pointer above.

Synagogue Auctions Its Silver Judaica

The oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the English-speaking world, built in Plymouth, England, in 1762, plans to auction its rare collection of religious ornaments. It’s a move that has drawn criticism from a heritage group about the wisdom of selling the family silver.

Fresh Start: Jerry Silverman is the new leader of the umbrella organization, now entering its 10th year.

Fiscal Challenges Face Federations

The umbrella organization for Jewish community federations seems to have the stars aligned for a fresh start: a new name, a bright logo and an A-list lineup of speakers, including President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at its annual General Assembly, which will take place in Washington from November 8-10.

On Campus, a Divide Over ‘Pro-Israel’

When an Israeli student at Carleton College complained that the school’s Jewish organization had made no official statement recognizing Israel’s right to exist, Jewish student leaders at the small liberal arts school in Minnesota found themselves stuck between two poles. They wanted to make the Israeli student feel comfortable, but they didn’t want didn’t want to alienate community members by presenting them with deep misgivings about the Jewish state.

On the Job: A municipal employee in Ma?ale Adumim in the West Bank cleans a set of glass doors.

Palestinian Workers Plan To Sue Settlement, Seek To Fall Under Israeli Law

In a legal battle that turns the norms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict upside down, a group of settlers is claiming that their settlement is not in Israel, while Palestinians are insisting that it is.

Omri Casspi

First Israeli NBA Player Scores Big

It’s been a slam dunk transition for the first Israeli in the National Basketball Association.