Close Quarters: Shmulik (Yoav Donat, left) and Jamil (Zohar Strauss, right) in a tense moment in an Israeli tank in Samuel Maoz?s ?Lebanon.?

Israeli Film Wins Top Prize in Venice

In the 60 years since the Venice Film Festival first bestowed its Golden Lion award, no Israeli film has ever won — until now. On Sept. 12, filmmaker Samuel Maoz received the top prize for his film, “Lebanon,” which focuses on the 1982 Lebanon war.

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Assessing Actions: South African judge Richard Goldstone, who just handed in a controversial report on Israel?s actions in Gaza, stood before a hearing for the report in Geneva this summer.

Goldstone’s Gambit: The Man Behind U.N. Report

Ask Richard Goldstone what possessed him, a Jew and self-described supporter of Israel, to accept the job of chief United Nations investigator of alleged war crimes committed in Gaza last winter, and the legendary South African judge invokes his past.

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United Synagogue Approves Broad Restructuring

United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism has instituted a broad restructuring that will include deep cuts in staff, a consolidation of its services and even a reduction in its board of directors from 180 to 75 members. The board approved the changes in a vote on September 13.

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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.

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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.

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