CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) -- Talk about shul politics.
In the interest of avoiding a disruption of his grandson’s bar mitzvah, Judge Richard Goldstone, author of the Goldstone report on the 2009 Gaza war, told JTA last week that he would not attend the family simcha next month at a Johannesburg synagogue.
But in case Goldstone has any second thoughts, a leading South African Jewish group announced it is ready to protest should he show up.
LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of two worshipers at a southern California synagogue.
Christopher Littlejohn, 37, was taken into custody April 15 in connection with the early-morning shooting last October in the underground garage of the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Synagogue in North Hollywood.
A lone gunman shot Maor Ben-Nissan and Allen Lasry in the knees as they arrived for the early minyan.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's U.S. ambassador formally met with the director of J Street.
"The conversation, which took place at the Israeli Embassy, lasted approximately one hour and covered a wide range of topics, including the peace process, the U.S.-Israel relationship and Iran," said a statement from the group describing the Thursday afternoon meeting between Ambassador Michael Oren and Jeremy Ben-Ami.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was identified as the chief suspect in a massive real estate scandal that also has led to the arrest of former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
Police on Thursday identified Olmert as the senior figure in the Holyland project scandal.