Shut Down: A West Bank quarry abandoned by its Palestinian operator, Aiser Ziadan, after Israel declined to renew his permit.

Bibi’s ‘Economic Peace’ Faces Key Test at Quarries

Complaints over Israel’s conduct on Palestinian land are well-known. Less commonly heard, however, is the accusation that Israel is actually removing the land.


Rabbinic Job Market Tries Anxious Souls

After five years of rabbinical school, Benjamin Berger was looking forward to leading the life of a pulpit rabbi: getting to know his congregation, sharing his love of the Torah and leading a community.

?Elder Brothers?: Members of Israel?s Hebrew-speaking Catholic community celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Father Gregorcz Pawlowski (center) a Holocaust survivor. He is flanked by Father David Neuhaus (right) and Pier Battista Pizza Balla (right).

Hebrew Catholics Follow Their Own Church

The traditional Jewish blessings over wine and bread, the Kiddush and the Motzi, echoed through the sanctuary at 10 HaRav Kook Street in Jerusalem. It was a room of striking simplicity — with just one small cross in brown wood.

At a Crossroads: Younger Jews are once again moving into Jersey City N.J., but older synagogues, such as Temple Beth-El (above), have had mixed success at luring them into communal life.

On the Jersey Waterfront, Jews Return, But Jewish Community Still Struggles

Aside from a few buckets to catch water where the roof leaks, Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J., looks much as it did 40 years ago, when 900 people would show up for High Holy Day services and the Hebrew school was packed with 175 students. But the Hebrew school has been closed for years, and the Conservative synagogue’s aging membership, though still devoted, has dwindled to about 90 families, most of them elderly.

Survivor?s Backpack: Boris Kacel of Skokie, Ill., had this backpack when he escaped from Buchenwald. He donated the pack to the new Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

When the Last Survivor Is Gone

Two years ago, an MBA student whom I mentored wrote her thesis on how major Holocaust organizations were planning to deal with the inevitable — the fact that soon, all too soon, there would be no survivors.