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NJ Chabad Civil Rights Lawsuit Heads to Mediation

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the township of Toms River, NJ, by Rabbi Moshe Gourarie and the Chabad Jewish Center is headed for mediation. The lawsuit, filed in March, charges that anti-Semitic hostility and local opposition to neighboring Lakewood’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish population are the reasons why the Chabad Jewish Center has been told it needs a zoning variance to operate as a house of worship.

Meet the Newest Bearded Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force

Discussing his work with gusto in this Q&A with reporter Carin M. Smilk, Rabbi Levy Pekar sounds like any other young professional starting a career in full force. Pekar, 29, is training to be a U.S. Air Force chaplain, beginning what will be nearly six months of back-to-back training programs. He’s also a bearded rabbi—one of just a handful serving the U.S. armed forces—and counseling and supporting airmen, and their families, will be his mission.