Growing Pains: J Street?s first conference drew overflow crowds and top officials, including U.S. National Security Advisor James L. Jones (above).

J Street, Now a Player, Inches Toward the Center

Three days in October catapulted J Street from the sidelines of the Jewish community to the centerfield of major organizations. After winning, in its first national conference, the stamp of approval from the Obama administration and from many in Congress, J Street is ready to cash in on its initial success.

At Home: Jeffry Picower and his wife, Barbara, in 2002. His death left behind questions about his involvement with Madoff.

Picower’s Death Adds to Mystery: Who Else Knew Of Madoff Fraud?

When billionaire Madoff investor Jeffry Picower was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his oceanfront estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on October 25, he left behind lingering questions about the nature of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Could Madoff have pulled off the massive fraud on his own, or were others aware of, and even complicit with, the record-breaking scam?

?Comrade in Arms?: Natan Sharansky, a former refusenik, hailed Robert Bernstein?s article as ?extremely important.?

Human Rights Watch Debates Its Mission With a Founding Critic

When Human Rights Watch’s founder took to the op-ed page of The New York Times to denounce his own organization’s record on Israel, he provided powerful validation to critics who have been stepping up their attacks on the human rights group over the past year. “I must do something that I never anticipated: I must publicly join the group’s critics,” wrote the former chairman and acknowledged father of HRW, Robert Bernstein.

Struggling: Labor leader Ehud Barak is increasingly isolated in his own party.

Losing Support and Suffering Defections, Labor Party Is in a ‘Struggle for Life’

With a new poll putting its support at an all-time low, and its leader, Ehud Barak, more isolated than ever, Israel’s Labor Party is now in for the fight of its life.

Somber Memorial: The graves of Jews killed by an Arab mob during the 1929 Hebron massacre.

British Christians Push Repentance for Nation’s Conduct During Mandate

A new plaque at the Jewish cemetery in Hebron points to a new trend among British Christians: repentance for their country’s conduct during the Palestine Mandate.