Slam Dunk: LeBron James, center, suggested a Jewish philanthropist for the ?Time 100.?

LeBron James’s Jewish Connection

Typically, Jews and professional basketball don’t mix — not unless you’re talking about the early days of the game, when Jews were a dominating force. But one of basketball’s present-day greats, Cleveland Cavalier forward LeBron James, is merging the two in an unexpected way.

Gender Bender: Israel’s Next ‘Idol’ Judge

‘American Idol” and its Israeli counterpart have both added a female judge for their 2009 seasons, but there’s one major difference: The Israeli judge used to be a man.

Wiernik?s Model: The Hebrew at the bottom of this display reads ?Model of Extermination Camp Treblinka.? At the camp, he helped build an observation tower, gas chambers, a laundry and a lab.

A Year in Treblinka

In 1944, the Forverts, the Yiddish forebear of this newspaper, published Yankel Wiernik’s early and unparalleled account of the systematic murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Nazi death camp called Treblinka.

Let All Who Are Hungry?: Volunteer Uba Evanova (center) helps hand out food at the JCC food pantry in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn.

This Passover, Hunger Has Many New Faces

A few weeks ago, Benny Wechsler was speaking to a United Jewish Appeal group in Westchester, N.Y., that makes sandwiches for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. As director of the council’s kosher food network, Wechsler thanked the group for its help and discussed the growing need for food assistance among struggling middle-class families who have fallen on hard times.

UJC’s Future at Stake as Local Charities Call for Dramatic Cuts

United Jewish Communities, the national association of federated Jewish charities, is facing calls from a host of federation leaders for drastic cuts in next year’s budget.