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As New Owners Take Over Meat Plant, Battered Postville Waits and Worries

The new owners of the beleaguered kosher meat company Agriprocessors are quickly facing criticism over their early management of the company.

Armed and Ready: Gary Moskowitz demonstrates his martial skills in his Queens synagogue.

Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition: Rabbi’s Got a Gun

If Gary Moskowitz gets his way, the answer to that question will be a bulletproof “Yes.” In fact, Moskowitz — who is both a rabbi and a martial arts sensei — dreams of an armed posse in every synagogue. Each congregation, he believes, should include at least five people who are carrying weapons and are prepared to fight off potential attackers. To that end, he is training clergy and congregants in the finer points of shooting at moving targets and using pews as shields.

Cross-Denominational Grant to Help Train Jewish Educators at 3 Schools

A San Francisco foundation with a focus on funding Jewish education is giving nearly $11.5 million to Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for individual and cooperative projects.

Deep in Prayer: Chani Getter, 32, has become a charismatic speaker at Nehirim retreats.

Haredi and Out of the Closet

For the first 20 years of her life, Chani Getter was no different from the other girls in the Nikolsburg Hasidic sect in Monsey, N.Y. As the second of five children, she earned good grades at school and had close friends. At age 17, she was introduced to her future husband, also 17, and after one meeting the wedding date was set.

Killed: A TV spot by Masa, funded by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency, that urged Israelis to call a hotline with details on individual Diaspora Jews in danger of assimilation.

An $800,000 Israel Ad Campaign to Save ‘Lost’ Diaspora Jews Falls Flat And Dies

A bungled ad campaign that urged Israelis to phone a hotline and report details on individual Diaspora Jews whom they fear will assimilate involved an outlay of around $8,000 per name received, the Forward has learned.