• Democratic congressman Eliot Engel joined the ADL in criticizing President Obama’s decision to award Mary Robinson a Medal of Freedom, citing anti-Israel remarks she has made. [JTA]
• But the President is sticking by his choice to honor Ireland’s first female president. [AP]
• Amos Kenan, an Israeli writer and artist instrumental in the development of Israeli culture in the 1940s, has died at 82. [AP]
• At the recent 2009 conference of the Society of Crypto Judaic Studies in Denver, many told stories of melding Jewish practices with Catholicism. [Denver Post]
• The “good news” about increased intermarriage rates? A larger “extended” Jewish community. [Jewish Week]