As German-born Pontiff Visits Jewish State, Sharp Reactions

The outcry started even before he arrived. One week prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day visit to the Holy Land, Israeli Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari of the right-wing National Union party called on Israeli officials to boycott the visit.

Alan Solow: Conference chair.

Obama’s Jewish Backers May Be in the Middle as U.S.-Israel Tensions Rise

As tension builds between the new Obama administration in Washington and the new Netanyahu government in Jerusalem, two of President Obama’s closest Jewish allies may find themselves increasingly in the middle.

Procession: Christian Orthodox worshippers carry wooden crosses in the Church of the Holy Sepulcre. A question about the site is featured on a new Facebook trivia application.

Israeli Consulate Launches Christian ‘Holy Land’ Quiz

How many Stations of the Cross are there? Where was Jesus arrested?

Priestly Blessing: An Orthodox man performs the Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall.

A Cohen by Any Other Faith...

It seems that a person no longer needs to be a direct descendant of Aaron in order to be called Cohen.

Cutting Costs: Rabbi Saul Zucker, the Orthodox Union?s direc-tor of day school services, proposed a new model for yeshivas.

Orthodox Union Proposes New Measures To Increase Revenues and Reduce Costs Tuition

With operation costs climbing for schools, and tuition increases bearing down on parents amid the current crushing economic downturn, the Orthodox Union’s Rabbi Saul Zucker recently laid out a revolutionary package of school cost-saving measures to a worried gathering of Jewish education officials in Los Angeles.