Kenneth Marcus’s potential return to the Education Department has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that see his narrow focus on Israel as blinding him to other matters of bias.
Sholom Rubashkin’s 27-year prison term had been questioned by members of both parties and vocally opposed by Orthodox Jews.
At Mr. Moore’s final rally, his wife grabbed the spotlight with a defense of her husband that included a statement that the couple has black and Jewish friends.
The White House pared down its invite list for the annual Hanukkah celebration. Democrats and Jewish groups critical of the president were not included.
Three couples denied marriage in Israel for various reasons were wed in a festive ceremony in New York.
While some Jewish leaders welcomed recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, many worried that the step would inflame tensions and make peace in the Middle East even harder to achieve.