A rendering of AIPAC’s proposed expansion from its application to the D.C. Zoning Commission.

AIPAC plans considerable growth, D.C. zoning documents show

AIPAC plans to grow considerably in the next three to five years, according to permitting documents it filed with the D.C. Zoning Commission. The organization, whose mission is to “strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship,” filed an application to expand its current building in Washington and to construct a new 11-story office building next… Read More

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Kirk Douglas, at 100, looks back — and ahead

LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a treat in store for the centenarian. Douglas has been under strict medical orders to abstain from alcohol, but his cardiologist, Dr. P.K. Shah, promised the actor that if he… Read More

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Bikur Cholim opens doors to NIH guests

Since it began receiving guests in June, Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington’s hospitality house near the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda has hosted 17 families. The Jewish nonprofit bought the two-story Colonial-style home last year as a temporary residence for observant Jewish family members and caregivers of patients at the NIH Clinical Center. The… Read More

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Cardin consoles anxious constituents

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) may be in the business of sponsoring and voting on bills in Congress, but last week his job description also included that of consoler to Maryland’s Jewish community amid concerns over anti-Semitism, hate crimes and other fears expressed over the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United… Read More

WJW publisher signs management agreement with Arizona publication

Jewish News, which serves greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona, has signed an agreement with Mid-Atlantic Media to manage the newspaper’s day-to-day operations. Mid-Atlantic Media publishes Washington Jewish Week. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, which assumed ownership of the Jewish News in July will continue to own the Arizona publication under the new management… Read More

Jews to create Torah scroll in acts of kindness

A completed Torah scroll has 304,805 letters. That’s how many acts of kindness the Afikim Foundation and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs hope to generate for a Global Unity Torah. The Afikim Foundation in cooperation with the ministry aims to encourage people around the world to perform an act of chesed, or kindness, for each… Read More

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A journey through the year with God Review

“Rendezvous with God: Revealing the Meaning of the Jewish Holidays and Their Mysterious Rituals” by Rabbi Nathan Laufer. New Milford, Conn., Maggid Books, 2016. 269 pages. $27.95. We modern Jews may enjoy the trappings and trinkets of our 21st-century lives, but we lack something wonderful that our ancestors experienced several times during their first year… Read More

Passover-observant employee case heard in appeals court

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., heard oral arguments Dec. 8 for a case concerning an Orthodox Jewish woman who claims her supervisor wrongfully penalized her for observing the Jewish holiday of Passover in 2013. Susan Abeles, of Silver Spring, filed a lawsuit in May in federal district court in Alexandria against… Read More

Advocates for Washington’s paid family leave bill gather during a lobbying day for the D.C. Council. 

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Advocates seek medical leave for D.C. workers

As the D.C. Council considers one of the longest paid family leave measures in the country, some Jewish backers of the bill say they’re dissatisfied because the proposed law omits a key component — personal medical leave. The bill, which the council is considering this month, includes 11 weeks of paid parental leave and eight… Read More

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Bipartisan bill seeks to increase awareness of anti-Semitism on campus

Anti-Semitism on college campuses has caught the attention of national lawmakers. On Nov. 29, Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced the bipartisan Anti-Semitism Awareness Act “in an effort to combat increasing incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses nationwide.” The bill aims to codify a clear definition of anti-Semitism as adopted by the… Read More

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D.C. rabbis, cantors pledge to hold Trump accountable for human rights

Nineteen Washington-area rabbis and cantors are among nearly 700 Jewish clergy who have signed an online pledge to hold President-elect Donald Trump’s administration accountable for protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all people. T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights is circulating the pledge, which was posted on the group’s website three weeks… Read More

Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz addresses attendees of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries on Nov. 27.

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Chabad-Lubavitch makes it 50 states with South Dakota

For Jews on the East Coast, South Dakota looks to be as remote as it gets. But that is, in fact, the latest permanent outpost for the haredi Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which will soon open a Chabad center in Sioux Falls. Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters, will… Read More

Chris Hicks (center) was one of the protesters and organizers of IfNotNow’s demonstration outside the Republican Jewish Coalition’s office.
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IfNotNow demonstration draws pushback

The lobby of the downtown Washington building that houses the Republican Jewish Coalition became chaotic on Wednesday when maintenance staff and security guards attempted to remove 10 left-wing Jewish activists who were protesting the RJC’s defense of Stephen Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial adviser, who has been accused of anti-Semitism. “We were hoping to deliver… Read More