Norfolk Street Synagogue.(Flickr)

• New research from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimates that there were more than 42,000 ghettos and camps set up by the Nazis from 1933-1945 across Europe. This is a much higher figure than ever imagined. [NYT]

• Gal Beckerman writes about how the term the “Israel Lobby” has become its own cultural mainstay over the course of the last seven years. [Forward]

• BuzzFeed looks nostalgically back at 31 reasons why bar and bat mitzvahs were “the best ever.” Of course, they did. [BuzzFeed]

• The Washington Post chronicles the top five conventional myths about sequestration and budget cuts due to take effect. [WaPo]

• An online petition to save the old Norfolk Street Synagogue from demolition has been drafted and is circulating. [Lowdown]

• As some of the Tablet staff prepares to make its way to Washington, D.C. for the AIPAC Policy Conference, the dulcet grooves of The Magnetic Fields will usher us there. Enjoy! And Shabbat Shalom!