Eve Goldberg, whose son died of an opioid overdose in 2013, now runs an organization in his memory that seeks to create a community of young adults recovering from addiction. Photo by Ben Sales

Putting up a fight against growing opioid epidemic

NEW YORK — Eve Goldberg’s son, Isaac, was in a panic. He had to get out of college. Isaac Goldberg Volkmar had been at the University of Rhode Island for less than a semester in 2009 when he called his mother desperate to escape. He had joined a fraternity, where his brothers got him to… Read More

Members of Jews United for Justice met on June 9 about their paid family leave campaign, one of the group’s priorities this year.
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Justice group pushes for D.C. family leave

Summer has gotten off to a strong start for Washington’s Jews United for Justice and its agenda, which is focused on workers’ rights advocacy. A $15 per hour minimum wage measure, a JUFJ priority, was just signed into law in the District of Columbia, and the organization is continuing its push for two other major… Read More

The fall-prevention class at Congregation Beth Emeth is partly based on the martial art Tai Chi.
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Fear falling? Congregants improve their balance

Woody McMahon joked around with Congregation Beth Emeth members as they each took a seat inside a large multipurpose room. McMahon, a personal trainer, knows everyone by name, which helps to create a relaxed atmosphere. The eight members of the Herndon synagogue, ages 65 through 80, are here to explore an issue that McMahon said… Read More

Istanbul airport terror attack kills 36, injures at least 147

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to determine whether any Israeli citizens were injured in a suicide bombing Tuesday night in Turkey that killed 36 people and injured at least 147. Two bombers blew themselves up at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the third busiest in Europe, after opening fire at the entrance to the airport’s international terminal,… Read More

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Six things you need to know about Brexit

Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency crashed and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his pending resignation. It was a major blow to an alliance formed specifically to avoid a repeat… Read More

HoCo federation executive director resigns

Michelle Ostroff has resigned from her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, according to an email distributed to the community Friday morning. Ostroff will officially step down at the end of July. “This decision was made so that I can spend more time with my family, as the demands of… Read More

Jan Edmiston (left) and Denise Anderson were the moderators for the 222nd Presbyterian General Assembly.
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Mixed views of Presbyterian assembly

Jewish organizations are praising the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America for moderating its highly critical stance on Israel. The 222nd Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly, held in Portland, Ore., from June 18 to 25, adopted a resolution in “opposition to any efforts to deny or undermine the rights of the Palestinian people or… Read More

Yossi Alpher in his new book, “No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine,”argues that peacemakers must separate “pre-1967” and “post-‘67” issues.      
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The making of a pessimist Attempts at full Israeli-Palestinian peace only exacerbate the conflict, says analyst Yossi Alpher

Prospects seem so poor for Israeli-Palestinian peace that even some long-time advocates of a two-state solution have begun arguing for new approaches to preserve Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. “We’re on a slippery slope, on both sides, to something very ugly,” veteran Israeli security analyst Yossi Alpher said over coffee at Kramer books in Dupont… Read More

Bowie temple switches to voluntary dues

Temple Solel, a Reform congregation in Bowie, this month replaced its traditional fixed dues with a voluntary commitment. The amounts of members’ pledges are “entirely up to them,” according to a statement, and members are asked to give “what feels good.” The change became effective on June 1. “This is really an adventure — a… Read More

Margot Heckman chose to include in her estate planning a trip to Israel for 47 relatives and friends. 
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It’s her will: Margot Heckman’s loved ones going to Israel

Margot Heckman’s dream was for her family and friends to experience Israel. So she structured her estate plan to include a fully funded trip to Israel for her loved ones after her death. Heckman, a longtime member and volunteer at Washington Hebrew Congregation, died in 2014 at age 84. In July, 47 people — children,… Read More

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Verses from a life of anguish Review

For the Sake of the Living and the Dead by Gila Landman. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Charing Cross Press, 2016. 53 pages. $12. The poems in this collection are painful to read; I can only imagine the soul-wrenching that accompanied their creation. The anguish that inspired the poetry is palpable, as is the love and longing… Read More

Freundel civil cases move forward

A District of Columbia Superior Court judge has appointed a law firm to oversee a merger of three civil cases into a single class-action lawsuit against the synagogue formerly led by Rabbi Barry Freundel who was convicted in 2015 of voyeurism. Judge Brian F. Holeman of the D.C. Superior Court on June 13 appointed the… Read More