Rabbi Shana Goldstein, who formerly led Congregation B'nai Israel in Natchez and Temple Beth Shalom in Ft. Walton Beach, has been promoted to Associate Rabbi at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.

Jesse Jackson will be traveling to Syria and Lebanon next week to discuss the release of the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers that were captured by Hezbollah July 12. (AFP)

The owner of a new restaurant in Bombay named after Hitler promised he would change its name. (JTA) The owner of Hitler’s Cross restaurant said he would change the name and remove swastikas from the walls because of a public outcry. “I never wanted to hurt people’s feelings,” Puneet Sablok said.

Kofi Annan is planning a visit to Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Syria to help strengthen the cease-fire in southern Lebanon. (JTA) The United Nations secretary-general’s trip, scheduled for later this week, will focus on implementation of the U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for a truce between Israel and Hezbollah and a U.N. force of some 15,000 troops to help enforce it. It was not clear if Annan would be in Iran before the Aug. 31 deadline the United Nations gave Iran to suspend uranium enrichment.

Israeli soldiers captured a Hamas leader in a raid into Gaza on Thursday. (JTA) The raid left the man’s brother dead after an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at the family home, Israel radio reported. Israel began an offensive in the Gaza Strip in late June after Cpl. Gilad Shalit, 19, was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Hamas. Officials have said it will only stop with Shalit’s release and the end of rocket fire into Israel.

Police questioned Moshe Katsav after two additional employees complained of sexual misconduct by the Israeli president. (JTA) On Wednesday, Katsav was questioned for seven hours about a former employee who has alleged offenses from sexual harassment to rape. Katsav denies all wrongdoing, saying he never had sexual relations with any employee of the President’s Residence. Meanwhile, calls are growing for Katsav to resign.

A man who threatened worshipers inside a Russian synagogue was set free because of his poor mental condition. (JTA) A regional court in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don made the ruling regarding Vadim Domnitsky this week. Domnitsky, who shouted anti-Semitic epithets and threatened Jews with a broken bottle in late January, initially was charged with hooliganism. He was believed to have been inspired by a stabbing rampage in a Moscow shul earlier in January. The court ruled that Domnitsky must undergo medical treatment for his condition and that he is not fit to stand trial.

Israeli public servants traveling abroad will no longer fly El Al. (JTA) The Israeli government signed an agreement Tuesday with the Italian airline Alitalia for such flights, the Jerusalem Post reported. The agreement comes after El Al, which was Israel’s national airline until it was privatized recently, reported a loss for the second quarter, citing increased foreign competition.

Outfielder Shawn Green said the large number of Jews in New York was a factor in his decision to accept a trade to the New York Mets. (JTA) “It’s something that’s always intrigued me,” said the baseball player, who was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks. “New York is head and shoulders the largest Jewish population in the country, if not the world, and it will be an interesting and fun experience for me.” Green made headlines in 2004 when he sat out one game for Yom Kippur, but played in one as well.


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