J-Date: ?Srugim,? a show that follows 30-something singles, took the best drama prize in awards held by the Israeli Film and Television Academy.

Israeli Dating Show Wins Top TV Awards

Perhaps it was bashert. A show about religious singles looking for love in Jerusalem took best drama honors August 28 at the annual awards ceremony of the Israeli Film and Television Academy.

Signing Ceremony: President Reagan signs the ratification of the United Nations? genocide prevention treaty in 1988. William Korey is at far left.

William Korey, Soviet Jewry Activist, 87

William Korey spent more than 30 years of his life deeply involved with the struggle to allow free emigration for Soviet Jews. But when I interviewed him in his Queens apartment a few years ago, he did not hide the fact that he never liked to work on individual cases. “There would be no end to it,” he told me.

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.