LUBAVITCHER VS. LUBAVITCHER: The leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has won a court battle for control of their main Crown Heights synagogue against their more messianically inclined brethren, The New York Jewish Week reports.
Also in the Jewish Week: Murdered Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto had long maintained a close friendship with Jewish Democratic lobbyist and consultant Mark Siegel, and had recently met with Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman.
HOCKEY-COACHING HASID: Brooklyn’s Jewish Press interviews Rabbi Mayer Schiller, who dresses like a Hasid, teaches at the Modern Orthodox bastion Yeshiva University, coached the school’s champion hockey team and got started on his journey toward Orthodox Judaism when reading non-Jewish conservative thinkers like Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley.
FIRST CLASS: The “trans-denominational” rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass., is getting set to ordain its first class of graduates, Boston’s Jewish Advocate reports.
HALLELUJAH: The title of an article in Connecticut’s Jewish Ledger: “It’s raining babies at West Hartford shul.”
SHADCHAN SHUL: Washington’s Ohev Sholom synagogue is giving out year-long memberships in the online Jewish dating site Saw You at Sinai to singles who attend services. The Washington Jewish Week has the story (and the terms).
Also in the Washington Jewish Week: Media watchdog group Eye on the Post is contacting advertisers in The Washington Post to tell them that the paper’s coverage of Israel is “”regularly biased.”
NOT-SO-‘WEE’ PALS: A black-Jewish cartoon strip partnership takes two Oakland, Calif., artists through their eighties. San Francisco’s J. has the story.
BEATEN BY OHIO: The Detroit Jewish News’s Arthur Horwitz continues his series of columns aimed at goading Michigan’s shrinking Jewish community into a renaissance. This time he’s trying to shame them by complaining: We’re losing to Ohio!
‘JEW CREW’ MAKES PEACE: At a Milwaukee high school, the Jew Crew and the Friends of Islam work to find common ground, with some help from a Catholic teacher. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle has the story.
SOUTH AFRICA REVISITED: The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix talks with local South African Jewish expats about their homeland.
99% OF JEWS AGREE: L.A. Jewish Journal editor Rob Eshman notes the near-unanimity among Jews on the importance of energy independence.
SIX MILLION PEBBLES: An Ontario private school is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tennessee students who collected six-million paper clips to represent the enormity of the Holocaust. The Canadian Jewish News reports on the effort to collect six-million pebbles.
WED FOR LESS: A new budget wedding service is helping Jews in London’s heavily Hasidic Stamford Hill section get hitched for less, London’s Jewish Chronicle reports.
Also in the J.C.: A mohel recalls hosting Benazir Bhutto; London gets another resident billionaire (via Israel); a playwright asks, “Isn’t it child abuse to imprint religion and identity on an infant?”; and Britain’s Limmud conference breaks its record, with more than 2,500 participants.