Faith-Based Reform Veers Into Israeli Policy

A task force charged with improving the White House’s faith-based initiative program has waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, raising eyebrows and concern among Jewish leaders.

Stayed Away: Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee, which heeded the call to boycott the Geneva meeting.

Jewish Leaders, Israel at Odds Over Ties With Muslim Group

The Muslim World League, an organization emerging as a ubiquitous presence on the interfaith conference circuit, boasts close ties to the Saudi monarchy and produces a magazine that has published antisemitic screeds.

With Prayers and Support, Rubashkin Goes on Trial After Plea Bargain Fails

The trial of former kosher slaughterhouse executive Sholom Rubashkin began in South Dakota on October 12, though only after a failed effort to reach a plea bargain, according to a close confidant of the defendant.

Rabbi and Judge: Rabbi Moshe Kletnick believes Orthodox courts should be involved in sex abuse cases.

Rabbis Still Want Role in Abuse Cases

Despite a New York judge’s recent condemnation of the practice, several national rabbinic leaders said they thought Orthodox rabbinic courts should continue to screen allegations of sexual abuse and decide whether they should be forwarded to law enforcement for prosecution.

Founders: Rabbis Scott Weiner, left, and Benjamin David founded Running Rabbis in 2005. They have raised about $30,000 for charities from the races. Next up: The New York City Marathon.

Running Rabbis Go the Distance — 26 Miles — To Raise Money for Charities

Those watching the ING New York City Marathon on November 1 should keep their eyes peeled for the Running Rabbis.