About 20 members of Congress joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and visiting Speaker of the Knesset Dalia Itzik for a Sept. 18 reception heralding the “strong friendship” between the United States and Israel, JTA reported.

The event at the U.S. Capitol – which featured statements on the challenge posed by an ascendant Iran and the plight of kidnapped Israeli soldiers – concluded with the blowing of a shofar by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Washington director of American Friends of Lubavitch. …