Amplified Ambitions: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at microphone, explains his plans while surrounded by his cabinet, the largest in Israeli history.

In Bibi’s Crowded Cabinet, Health Ministry Shelved

Rarely has so much political interest been focused on a single piece of furniture. The extra table now standing in the Knesset chamber has come to symbolize Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government, a supersized — and poorly constructed — behemoth. In fact, wags note, the table is more solidly built than the government that will sit around it: At least the table has no holes in it.

Where it Began: A rendering of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, designed by architect Stanley Tigerman. The facility is set to open April 19.

Skokie To Open New Holocaust Museum

When former president Bill Clinton officially opens the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center later this month, the village of Skokie will stake its claim on history. Holocaust history, to be sure, but also — and perhaps more significantly — as the place where the seeds of the Holocaust education movement in the United States were first planted in response to a neo-Nazi march.

Study: Young Jews More Spiritual, Yet More Divided?

In a seeming departure from centuries-old traditions of American Jewish skepticism, interest in spirituality is markedly on the rise among Jewish young adults, according to a study released this month.

Hollywood’s Spring Fling With Blooming Israeli Actresses

In Hollywood, Israeli actresses are stealing the show. No fewer than three Israeli starlets will be appearing in major American studio releases over the next month, while others are scooping up roles on television shows and in theater productions. Ayelet Zurer plays the female lead in the forthcoming “Da Vinci Code” sequel, “Angels & Demons,” while Noa Tishby has a smaller part in the romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” A former Miss Israel, Gal Gadot, is appearing in the fourth installment of Vin Diesel’s cars and babes franchise, “Fast & Furious,” and onstage, Meital Dohan, known for her role in the Showtime series “Weeds,” recently appeared in the Los Angeles run of the play “Stitching.”

Immigration Critic Cries ‘McCarthyism’

The Jewish community’s most vocal proponent of stricter immigration policies is accusing a national Jewish group of leading a “McCarthyite effort” to silence him.