Bigger Duties: Dennis Ross?s new National Security Council post will give him a say over a much broader area.

Some See Extended Olive Branch For Israel In Ross Appointment to NSC

The promotion of Middle East adviser Dennis Ross to a senior White House position may open the door to a more positive tone by the United States toward the Israeli government, experts believe.

Judge: Kosher Company Illegally Coerced Workers Before Union Election

A company that recently became the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, Alle Processing, was found by the National Labor Relations Board to have illegally intimidated its employees before a union election last fall.

Not ‘Far’ From Her Roots

On June 23, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor released her newest album, “Far.” Since her 2004 debut album, “Soviet Kitsch,” Spektor has made quite a name for herself. In 2008, she headlined the 50th anniversary of Israel celebration in Washington.

Historic Breakaway

‘We made history. I feel like I am in a dream,” Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi said June 25, when he was picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, held at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Casspi became the first Israeli basketball player to be selected in the first round of the draft, guaranteeing him a multiyear NBA contract. Picked 23rd, he was the fourth international player drafted this year.

Star Power: Miley Cyrus and other Disney Channel stars will be on the tube this fall in Israel.

Disney Channel Goes Hebrew

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, who have long been roaming the desert, are slated to finally reach the Holy Land this September. The Disney Channel, which originated in 1983 in the United States and became a cornerstone of children’s television programming, will launch an Israeli counterpart this fall, the Jerusalem Post reported on June 29.