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New Kosher Food Certification May Be Most Detailed In the Industry

By Nathaniel Popper

The Conservative movement has released detailed guidelines for what experts say could be one of the most comprehensive food certifications in existence.Read More


As New Owners Take Over Meat Plant, Battered Postville Waits and Worries

By Nathaniel Popper

The new owners of the beleaguered kosher meat company Agriprocessors are quickly facing criticism over their early management of the company.Read More


Praise the Lord, Pass the Ammunition: Rabbi’s Got a Gun

By Rebecca Dube

If Gary Moskowitz gets his way, the answer to that question will be a bulletproof “Yes.” In fact, Moskowitz — who is both a rabbi and a martial arts sensei — dreams of an armed posse in every synagogue. Each congregation, he believes, should include at least five people who are carrying weapons and are prepared to fight off potential attackers. To that end, he is training clergy and congregants in the finer points of shooting at moving targets and using pews as shields.Read More


J Street Makes a Strategic Acquisition as Other Groups on the Left Struggle

By Nathan Guttman

The dovish Washington-based Israel lobby J Street is about to take over the Jewish community’s largest likeminded grassroots organization.Read More


Fringe Group Pushes ‘Nazi’ Analogy

By Nathan Guttman

When Rep. Barney Frank was asked by a woman at a health care town hall meeting, “Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy?” the Massachusetts Democrat had a ready reply. “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” he shot back at the questioner, who was toting one of the now-infamous Obama-as-Hitler posters. Frank explained that he would not discuss the issue with her, since it would be like “trying to argue with a dining room table.”Read More


William Korey, Soviet Jewry Activist, 87

By Gal Beckerman

William Korey spent more than 30 years of his life deeply involved with the struggle to allow free emigration for Soviet Jews. But when I interviewed him in his Queens apartment a few years ago, he did not hide the fact that he never liked to work on individual cases. “There would be no end to it,” he told me.Read More


Tay-Sachs Research Receives Unprecedented NIH Grant

By Joy Resmovits

A rare genetic disease that disproportionately afflicts Ashkenazic Jews is receiving a large and unprecedented infusion of research funding from the federal government.Read More


From ‘Jew Boy’ To ‘Self-Hater’: U.S. Jewish Officials Hear From Israelis

By Nathan Guttman

A report stating that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had denounced two top aides to President Obama as “self-hating Jews” brought back less-than-fond memories to veteran Jewish officials from previous administrations — even as Netanyahu belatedly denied the latest alleged instance of this long tradition of targeting Jewish administration officials.Read More


Kidney Donation Scandal Sparks New Debate Over Specter’s Organ Legislation

By Nathan Guttman

Attempts to fix the nation’s organ donation system have attracted new interest following the recent arrest of a Brooklyn rabbi accused of illegally buying kidneys from live donors and selling them at a huge profit to desperate patients awaiting transplant surgery.Read More


‘Detectives’ on the Trail of Family History and Long-Lost Relatives

By Howard Shapiro

The 1,000 people who came from all over to the International Conference on Jewish Genealogy are bubbes and mommies, fathers and sons, and professionals and retirees, and besides being Jewish, they all have one thing in common.Read More





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