All in the Family: Congregants linger in front of the Deal Synagogue in Deal, N.J., where the father of an informant in a federal money laundering case is senior rabbi and one of those arrested is assistant rabbi. The Hebrew inscription at the entrance reads: ?This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous will enter.?

An Inside Look at a Syrian-Jewish Enclave

At the Deal Synagogue on the final Saturday afternoon of July, congregants were treated to the spectacle of a revered rabbi of the Syrian community disavowing his son.

Sorry: The Spinka Grand Rabbi apologized in Brooklyn for money laundering.

Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis Begin To Question Their Own Insularity

A “wake-up call” is how a number of ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders are describing the recent arrest of several New York-area rabbis on federal money laundering charges.


At Conference, Evangelicals Take On Netanyahu's Fight

Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel are taking on the Netanyahu government’s fight to ease mounting pressure from the Obama administration on the settlement issue. A three-day conference of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) held in Washington this week mobilized supporters, who according to organizers represent millions of followers throughout the country, to push back against what they see as unfair and uneven demands being imposed on Israel.

Not All Smiles: President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud shared a laugh at the start of Obama?s visit to Saudi Arabia on June 3. But the administration says it is frustrated by the Saudis? inflexibility toward Israel.

Obama’s New Emphasis On Reciprocity Also Pressures Arabs

Freezing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank was once seen as a unilateral Israeli obligation. But the Obama administration is now treating this as part of a package that will require concessions from Arab states, as well.

Remarks Stir Controversy: Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Right Watch.

Human Rights Watch and Its Saudi Donors

In a concerted campaign targeting the credibility of Human Rights Watch, Israel and some of its supporters are charging the group sought to raise funds from wealthy Saudis in part by highlighting its criticisms of Israel and the group’s resistance to pro-Israel forces in Washington.