New Kosher Food Certification May Be Most Detailed In the Industry

The Conservative movement has released detailed guidelines for what experts say could be one of the most comprehensive food certifications in existence.

Benefits: Vicki Compter, with Alex (left) and Max, can work from home.

Few Jewish Workplaces Have Family-Friendly Policies

Women make up about three-quarters of the Jewish communal work force, but few Jewish organizations have formal policies that guarantee access to paid maternity leave and flexible work arrangements — and fewer still offer paid paternity leave.

Operation Abraham Coming to America?

In late August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gathered hundreds of scientists and public health professionals in Atlanta for its biannual conference to discuss the issue of HIV prevention. One presentation, delivered by an Israeli doctor, managed to catch more media attention than any other, and to trigger the ire of a group of impassioned activists.

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.