On a budget: Oren Peli?s directorial debut, ?Paranormal Activity,? is already drawing comparisons to the low-budget cult hit ?The Blair Witch Project.?

Israeli Director’s Paranormal Hit

A horror film shot inside the home of first-time Israeli director Oren Peli has become a surprise smash hit at the box office.

Gaza Zoo May Get Real Zebras

Here’s an aspect of Arab-Israeli relations that’s truly black and white: A pair of zebras, currently residents of the Ramat Gan Safari located in a northern suburb of Tel Aviv, may be on their way to Gaza as a gift to the area’s children. The transfer is being considered following an incident in which the Marah Land Zoo in Gaza City had a pair of donkeys painted black and white in an effort to pass them off as zebras. The zoo’s only two zebras died of hunger earlier this year because of neglect during the Israel-Hamas war, and it couldn’t afford to replace them.

J Street: Pro-Peace, but Still Trying To Prove It’s Pro-Israel

As it prepares for its first national show of force, J Street, the 18-month-old dovish lobby, is experiencing unprecedented success coupled with unexpected criticism.

Soldier for Peace: Benjamin Sklaver (left) on his first tour of duty in Uganda, where he was known as ?Ben Moses.?

Officer’s Death Highlights Dearth of Jews in the Military

When Benjamin Sklaver was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on October 2, he was just 32 years old, but had already made a remarkable impact on the world. Sklaver, a U.S. Army captain, was a dedicated soldier motivated by a desire to help others, which grew from his commitment to Judaism.

Working: Employees at Ansche Chesed, a Conservative synagogue in New York, prepare a Sukkah. The rabbi says all workers are given health insurance and wages that would meet new standards.

Pushing for Better Wages, Not Necessarily Giving Them

Rabbi Michael Siegel has been a leading advocate for improving the treatment of workers in kosher food facilities. As the founding co-chair of the Hekhsher Tzedek program, Siegel was behind the release last month of detailed standards on how kosher companies should properly compensate their employees. Soon after the release of those standards, though, Siegel took a look at the wages and benefits of the janitors at his Chicago synagogue.