Philanthropist: Michael Steinhardt funds Birthright Israel NEXT.

Largest Outreach Effort for Alums of Birthright Raises Concerns

Taglit-Birthright Israel, the highly regarded Jewish communal initiative that has sent more than 200,000 young Jews on free trips to Israel, has carefully tended its image as pluralistic and inclusive. But the religious slant and political orientation of the largest, most well-funded organizer of follow-up programs for Birthright alumni is raising concerns, even among top Birthright officials.

Not There Yet: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) met with U.S. envoy George Mitchell in London, with inconclusive results.

Deal on Temporary Settlement Freeze Hinges on What Happens Afterward

Attempts to finalize a deal on a settlement freeze are entering the final stretch, although significant differences still exist between American and Israeli negotiators.

Streetscape: A proposal to create more bicycle lanes in Williamsburg has created tension between two groups of local residents ? Satmar Hasidim and New York hispsters.

Brooklyn’s Bicycle Man Uses Two Wheels To Bring Hasids and Hipsters Together

An unusual sign appeared in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in early August. On it is a large Star of David constructed out of 50 or so rubber chickens. In the middle of the star, Yiddish text offers a free bike loan to any of the Yiddish-speaking Satmar Hasidim who live in the area.

Faith Ball: From left, Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers and Jason Marquis of the Colorado Rockies are big players on all-Jewish teams in fantasy baseball leagues. A record 14 Jewish players are currently in the majors.

Jews in Fantasy Baseball: The Chosen People Are Up at Bat

Matthew Soffer, a 29-year-old rabbinical student from Philadelphia, was the rookie manager of a weak fantasy league baseball team until he turned to his faith and traded for a player of Jewish heritage.

Informant: Sam E. Antar says he helped convict his infamous cousin purely for reasons of ?self-preservation.?

‘Crazy’ Eddie’s Cousin, a Former Fraudster, Speaks Out on Syrian ‘Subculture of Crime’

Sam E. Antar wants you to know up front: He’s no hero. The former chief financial officer of Crazy Eddie Inc. whose testimony helped convict his cousin, Eddie Antar, in 1993 takes an almost gleeful tone when confessing his sins. He lied. He committed fraud. He skimmed money. He misled investigators. And when he came clean, providing the information and testimony that helped topple the fraudulent Crazy Eddie empire, he did so only to save himself from prison.