Rabbis Barry Freundel and Leib Tropper Ensnared in Scandals Tied to Conversions

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Disgraced Rabbi Barry Freundel is accused of grave violations of rules regarding conversions. Why didn’t rabbinical authorities impose better oversight after a previous scandal?Read More

Stav Shaffir, Ex-Protest Leader, Keeps Eye on the Shekels

By Ben Sales

Stav Shaffir has made fiscal transparency her crusade in the Knesset. The former protest leader has earned a level-headed reputation for shaking up the way the government does business.Read More

Yeshiva U. Reports First Sexual Assault On Campus in 12 Years — But Says Little Else

By Paul Berger

For the first time in 12 years, Yeshiva University has reported a sexual assault on campus. The school won’t offer details — or explain why its public tally of assaults is so low.Read More

Christian Evangelicals Push Aliyah — and Jews Are Concerned

By Nathan Guttman

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will soon launch its own program to help Jews immigrate to Israel. Some think that’s a bad mix.Read More

4 Midterm Congressional Races for Jews to Watch

By Ron Kampeas and Anthony Weiss

With midterm elections just around the corner, four Congressional races —  from L.A. to Long Island and Chicagoland — have intriguing Jewish storylines.Read More

How Do You Celebrate Simchat Torah When Your Rabbi Has Been Arrested?

By Nathan Guttman

Rabbi Freundel’s arrest on voyeurism charges did not stop the congregants at Kesher Israel from celebrating Simchat Torah with a determinedly joyous lay-led service.Read More

The Hebrew School on Wheels

By Rachel Delia Benaim

Debbi Ballard wanted to get more kids excited about Jewish education. So the Floridian bought a 38-foot recreational vehicle and turned it into a Hebrew school on wheels.Read More

Unlikely Sukkah Fight Pits Milwaukee High School Students Against Jewish Parents

By Cary Spivak

Suburban Milwaukee public school students received an unexpected lesson in civics when they sought to build a sukkah — and Jewish parents stood up to object.Read More

Orthodox Group Probed Alleged 'Mikveh Peep' Rabbi Barry Freundel

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

An Orthodox rabbinic association investigated allegations of impropriety against Rabbi Barry Freundel. Why didn’t it tell his synagogue board?Read More

Open Hillel Meets With Exuberance and Defiance

By Batya Ungar-Sargon

Hundreds gathered for inaugural conference of Open Hillel — a 2-year-old student group that seeks to opposes Hillel’s pro-Israel strictures. What comes next?Read More

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