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Adults with disabilities obtain work experience through MOST program

Three days a week, KC Foster makes sure every coffee station at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is fully stocked and clean. Then he moves on to the copiers, loading them with paper. And he enjoys it. Foster, 21, has disabilities. The Gaithersburg resident is spending the academic year in the Jewish Foundation for… Read More

Is Congress court of last resort?

Despite a commitment from the United States government to bring overseas terrorists to justice, families of American victims of Palestinian violence overseas are still searching for answers. None of the 64 cases in the last 23 years has resulted in a conviction, prompting anger from some Jews in the United States and in Israel. In… Read More

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Legislators, advocates rally for end-of-life bill Revised Md. proposal increases protection from coercion, includes data collection

Maryland legislators and advocates kicked off this year’s push for the End-of-Life Option Act on Jan. 28, ahead of the introduction of Senate and House bills. The Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by Del. Shane Pendergrass (D-District 13) and Sen. Ronald Young (D-District 3), would allow a terminally ill… Read More

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A rabbi both revered and divisive Review

Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen S. Wise, by A. James Rudin. Texas Tech University Press, 2015, 409 pages. $39.95. During the first half of the 20th century, the Post Office forwarded international mail addressed to “Rabbi USA” to Rabbi Stephen Wise. That decision, by the forerunner of the Postal Service, was based on… Read More

Political theorist Michael Walzer: The founders of Israel, India and Algeria believed religion would wither away.
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Where did the founders go wrong? They underestimated the power of the ‘old religion,’ says political theorist Michael Walzer

These are difficult times for the pro-Israel left, according to political theorist Michael Walzer, himself a member of that troubled circle. Walzer, whose books include Just and Unjust Wars, is a member of “a group of left-wing academics who are fighting BDS” — the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel — “and at the… Read More

Del. Mark Levine (D-District 45) meets with Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day participants in his legislative office Tuesday at the General Assembly in Richmond. With him are, from left, AJC Washington Regional Director Alan Ronkin, constituent Janet Garber, Jewish 
Foundation for Group Homes CEO Vivian Bass and Todd Schenk, CEO of the Jewish Social Service Agency.
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BDS at issue for Virginia Advocacy Day

RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. The final vote tally was 89-2 with six of the 34 Democratic legislators and two of the 66 Republican lawmakers abstaining. Northern Virginia Jewish community members traveled to Richmond to voice their support for… Read More

Gaza obstetrician Izzeldin Abuelaish, center, appears with Israeli TV journalist Shlomi Eldar, left, and Israeli Palestinian actor Gassan Abbas at the University of Maryland.
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In Maryland, two friends relive four minutes of terror

Shlomi Eldar was at the anchor desk of Israel’s channel 10 evening news on Jan. 16, 2009, when his cell phone rang. He took the call off-camera. It was his friend, an obstetrician from Gaza named Izzeldin Abuelaish who had long experience delivering babies in Israeli hospitals. It was three weeks into Operation Cast Lead,… Read More

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Gov. Hogan calls for constitutional change to eliminate gerrymandering

Maryland has some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country, according to the views of many, including Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican whose party is outnumbered seven to one in its delegation in the House of Representatives. “For too long, fair elections and a healthy, strong, and competitive two-party system have been nearly impossible… Read More

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Maryland governor looks to implement education tax credit program

With Maryland on track to spend a record amount of money on education over the next two years, the big question for the Jewish community is how that money should be spent. One of the main components of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) $6.3 billion budget initiative to improve K-12 education and make college affordable is… Read More

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters after a campaign event at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan (Newscom TagID: rtrlseven553991.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Bernie Sanders and the Jewish question

Thanks to Bernie Sanders’ strong showing in the early Democratic presidential primary races, America is finally having its Jewish moment. While American Jews are relatively well-to-do and integrated into the country’s social, political and economic fabric, the Vermont senator’s win in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has raised questions of what role his being a Jew… Read More

Simha and Leah Goldin came to Washington, D.C., last week to win support for their efforts to obtain their son’s body, which is being held by Hamas.
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Parents say son’s body is a Hamas bargaining chip

All Simha and Leah Goldin want is to be given their son’s body to bury. “This is the basic, humane thing to do, in all religions,” said Leah Goldin, whose son, Hadar Goldin, was killed in 2014 by Hamas fighters during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Goldin was 23 years old, a lieutenant in… Read More

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Zoning approved for D.C. day school expansion

Groundbreaking for a middle school at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital is set for June 2017, now that the District of Columbia zoning board has approved its expansion plans. “We are excited,” said Naomi Reem, head of schools. “Getting zoning approval makes it much more concrete that this is happening.” The… Read More