Take the Field: Ryan Braun, left, and Scott Feldman are named 2009?s Most Valuable Jewish Players.

Jewish Major Leaguers Picks a Pair of MVPs

They can handle a curveball, a fastball and a matzo ball.

Future Museum: The plans for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, to open this summer.

Local Holocaust Museums Grow Amid Worries About Future

The numbers speak for themselves: There are now 16 Holocaust museums in the United States, from Albuquerque, N.M., to Houston, to Richmond, Va. And these are just the biggest of nearly 150 Holocaust centers all over the country.


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.