Make-or-Break Leader: Jerry Silverman is described as ?exactly what?s needed.?

UJC’s New Leaders Saying Little About Their Plans

Expectations are running high for Jerry Silverman, incoming president and CEO of United Jewish Communities, and for the troubled organization’s incoming board chair, Kathy Manning.

Tough Questions: Senator Arlen Specter has sponsored new legislation on organ donations.

Kidney Donation Scandal Sparks New Debate Over Specter’s Organ Legislation

Attempts to fix the nation’s organ donation system have attracted new interest following the recent arrest of a Brooklyn rabbi accused of illegally buying kidneys from live donors and selling them at a huge profit to desperate patients awaiting transplant surgery.

The Past Speaks: Volunteer translator Sol Krongelb of Katonah, N.Y., helps Maris Bredt (center) of Studio City, Calif., with Yiddish notations she found on the backs of old family photos. Jennifer Starrels (left) of Philadelphia waits for assistance with copies of Yiddish immigration records.

‘Detectives’ on the Trail of Family History and Long-Lost Relatives

The 1,000 people who came from all over to the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy are bubbes and mommies, fathers and sons, and professionals and retirees, and besides being Jewish, they all have one thing in common.

Lieberman Says He’d Do It All ‘Exactly The Same’

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to an announcement by police that they would recommend an indictment against him by saying if he could go back, he would do everything exactly the same.

Paris Preview: A sample of Israel?s collection styled by Motie Rubin and Rafael Rubin.

Battle of the Blow-Dryers

If we’ve learned one thing from Adam Sandler’s Zohan, it’s that you don’t mess with Israeli hairdressers!